Subtropical Taiwan is a young Pacific island with a diverse geography and rich ecological regions that create an ecological and biological diversity t... (Read more)
Subtropical Taiwan is a young Pacific island with a diverse geography and rich ecological regions that create an ecological and biological diversity that has attracted worldwide attention. The broad distribution of indigenous tribes and historical influxes of immigrants have also enriched its human culture.
Song of Forest (2010) displays the beauty of the high altitude forests in Taiwan, as well as tracing the rise and fall of the logging industry, denouncing the ridiculousness and violence of the policies made by successive regimes with regard to the mountains. It is not solely an eco-documentary, but also a film that documents Taiwan history with an environmental consciousness and humanist critique.
Shifting our focus from the mountains and forests to the rivers and sea, Beauty under Fire: The Xiuguluan River (2010) travels upstream slowly and steadily along eastern Taiwan’s Xiuguluan River to examine villages and activities along the river’s course. More than a natural exploration, it is a cultural journey as well.
Streams starting in the mountains flow down into the sea, and river mouths, wetlands, and other places the land meets the ocean are where plants and animals of all kinds, including humans, gather and reproduce. In the documentary Squid Daddy’s Delivery Room (2007), the “silky soft”, a special species of ovoid squids, are at risk of endangerment because their spawning grounds in the eastern waters of Taiwan have been seriously damaged by pollution. A marine conservation research team builds a reef for them to breed in, and surprising the squids delight in this artificial “delivery room.” Another documentary, The Man Who Plants Trees (2008), tells the story of an ecologist who is determined to plant a row of trees along the Tropic of Cancer where it crosses Taiwan, bedding seedlings while also spreading the seeds of culture.
Being an island, Taiwan is surrounded by ocean. Unfortunately, coasts and seashores have been polluted by factories and industrial development. The Qigu Coastal Wetland in Tainan is home to black-faced Spoonbills over winter, and the documentary Bird without Borders: Black-Faced Spoonbills (2009) starts here in its tracing of the birds’ long-distance, border-crossing migration. The team finds out that the birds’ migration pathway spans East Asia, so they decide to conserve the temporary habitats along the birds’ migratory route. These Eastern Asian countries put aside historical grudges to try and cooperate in these efforts, and nature and human culture stand in opposition no longer, growing together instead.
Other than concerns for eco-system and environmental protection, the development of energy saving technology is booming in Taiwan in recent years. For More Sun (2005) features a solar-powered vehicle produced by a team of college students, looking at the issue of global climate change while telling an inspiring story about dreamers who make their dreams come true from nothing.
The film opens with a group of Bunun doctors, Han Chinese anthropologists, and anti-nuclear activists sitting on a seashore, exchanging their motivati... (Read more)
The film follows the life of SU’s grandfather, Teymu Teylong, a famous hunter in his ethnic clan who has lived through Japanese rule, as he farms and ... (Read more)
Artist Rahic Talif came from the Amis ethnic group but hid his Indigenous identity when young. It wasn’t until he saw art works created by Indigenous ... (Read more)
Amis teenager, Futing, is a city boy who is asked to return to his coastal village one summer to take care of his injured grandpa. There, he meets Lis... (Read more)
Through the director’s perspective and voice-over narration, we follow three family stories: Yaki (“Grandma” in Tayal) reminiscences about the communi... (Read more)
Dressed in traditional Amis clothing, a young girl, Nakaw, rides a scooter past a succession of tour buses into a beautiful, ethnic coastal village. B... (Read more)
Teenager Bo-Yan goes around his local village asking people if they need help for the harvest season. But with his parents on the run from debt, no on... (Read more)
Every winter, the elusive Formosan black bear, Taiwan’s indigenous species, comes to the heart of Yushan National Park for food, giving the region its... (Read more)
Horseshoe crabs are one of the most ancient creatures on earth, whose life and death are subtly intertwined with Taiwan’s turbulent history. After 194... (Read more)
Elephant lives in seclusion. His job as a movie projectionist even allows him to be isolated from people at work. In the outside world, the news repor... (Read more)
Hsiou-tsai is an amateur actor in Taipei, who chooses to go back to his hometown Meinong and work on the family farm due to his financial burdens. How... (Read more)
Cho loses her husband, Ying, during a massive typhoon that leaves their village in ruins. She also faces the prospect of losing the family business as... (Read more)
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Nimbus explores the ecology of the landscape of Kouhu Township and the lives of its people. Kouhu, a small town along the west coast of Taiwan, is a p... (Read more)
After a devastating earthquake, mudslides forced 20 families to move out of their homes in the Chingshui village of Chungliao township in central Taiw... (Read more)