Events December 2017

13
Nov
2017

Silent Witnesses: An exhibition of sculptures by Martin Rowney

The artworks in this exhibition reflect upon the dichotomy between the profound nature of the research undertaken at the John Curtin School, and the mundane nature of everyday objects that were silent witnesses to these considerable events. Rowney has reimagined these objects within his artworks to tell the stories of their observations.
03
Dec
2017

Voices of Orchid Island 蘭嶼觀點

The film by Taiwan’s most eminent ethnographic film makers, examines the social and ecological problems that Yami (Tao) people face, especially the government’s controversial and continued use of the island as a nuclear waste dump.
03
Dec
2017

Old Seafarer 老海人洛馬比克

Based on a story by Syaman Rapongan 夏曼‧藍波安, a noted writer of Orchid Island’s Yami (Tao) tribe, this gentle short film looks at the complexities of young love in the martial law period (1947-97) while evoking deep economic and spiritual connections with the ocean.
03
Dec
2017

Connection by Fate 超級公民

Starring musician Chang Chen-yue張震嶽/Ayal Komod海雅谷慕, this is one of the few films of Taiwan’s famed New Cinema movement to consider indigenous Taiwan. Director Wan Jen hauntingly explores intersections of the afterlife and daily struggle in a gritty and lonely fin de siècle Taipei.
03
Dec
2017

Children in Heaven 天堂小孩 Mayaw Biho

Children in Heaven documents the aboriginal community living under the Sanying Bridge in New Taipei City. The film addresses aboriginal people’s right to housing by observing how the community faces the annual cycle of forced eviction and subsequent home construction.
03
Dec
2017

My River 我家門前有大河

Ten years after Children in Heaven, following the umpteenth demolition of the residences of Sanying in New Taipei City, Mayaw Biho returned with his camera to meet the family he had filmed. The film takes a close look at the dire situation faced by many Taiwanese aborigines.
03
Dec
2017

Wawa no cidal 太陽的孩子

Conflicts surrounding family, real estate development, and traditional agricultural lifestyles on Taiwan’s stunning east coast are at the core of this warm film. With a soundtrack produced by the innovative Amis musician Suming 舒米恩, Wawa no cidal also offers an excellent introduction to popular and contemporary indigenous music.
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