Children in Heaven 天堂小孩 Mayaw Biho

CIW Taiwan Film Festival


Auditorium, China in the World Building (188), Fellows Lane, ANU


Sunday, 3 December, 2017 - 16:15 to 16:25

Children in Heaven 天堂小孩

1997, 13 minutes
Directed by Mayaw Biho 馬躍‧比吼

Children in Heaven documents the aboriginal community living under the San Ying Bridge. Every year the community is destroyed because the authorities deem that the settlement has breached the Water Resources Act. After each demolition, even the ruined building materials are completely removed from the site. Despite this, over the years, the children in the aboriginal community have learnt to treat the building and reconstruction of their houses as a game. This documentary film does not feature any dialogue; instead, the background music, No No Song 不不歌 sung by aboriginal artist Ara Kimbo 胡德夫, not only highlights the community’s helplessness but their tenacity in the face of such challenges.

PTS Special Mention, Taiwan International Documentary Film Festival (1998)

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This screening is part of the Taiwan Film Festival 臺灣電影節 2017: Indigenous Representations and Responses 原民現身與迴聲. All screenings are FREE and open to the public, but bookings are essential. All films have English subtitles.



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