Delaware Art Museum Hosts Fifth Annual Taiwan Film Festival

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Liao Chiung chih

The sleeping giant sleeps no more, so if you want to learn more about the culture of China, check out the Delaware Art Museum and Hanlin Chinese Culture Association’s fifth annual Taiwan Film Festival on the Sundays of Sept. 8, Sept. 15 and Sept. 22. All films are free to the public and will be shown in the DuPont Auditorium at the Delaware Art Museum. The schedule goes like this:

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September 8: 

1:15 p.m.: “Warriors of the Rainbow: Seediq Bale”  (2011), director by Wei Te-Sheng, is an epic retelling of an extraordinary and little-known episode from 20th-century history. Between 1895 and 1945, Taiwan was a Japanese colony inhabited by both Han Chinese immigrants and the remnants of the aboriginal tribes who first settled the land. In 1930 Mouna Rudo, the leader of one of these Seediq tribes, forged a coalition with other Seediq tribal heads and plotted a rebellion against their Japanese colonial masters.

September 15:

1 p.m.: “Money and Honey” (2011), director by Jasmine Lee Ching Hui, portrays the lives of Filipino migrant workers and the elders in a nursing home in Taipei. On this foreign island, the female caregivers look after the aging residents. In the flow of life, stories of joy and sorrow take place. What’s the price they pay for love and bread? Will their dreams ever come true?

2:45 p.m.: “Taiwanese Opera Maestro in Taiwan: Liao Chiung chih” (2011), director by Fu Chi Chung is a documentary about the famous opera actress Liao, who won the National Cultural Award of the ROC, the highest award given to those who have made extraordinary contributions in arts and cultural fields.

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September 22: 

1:00 p.m.: “A Year in the Clouds” (2011), directed by Dean Johnson and Frank Smith, visits the remote village of Smangus  high in the mountains of Taiwan is. Inhabited by a unique group of indigenous people called the Tayal, Smangus is the only place in Taiwan that now practices common ownership of land and property. This is a place where nature and man have found balance. The film shows the different kinds of dignity and attitude toward life displayed by traditional indigenous people when they encounter modern civilization.

2:45 p.m.: “Ebb and Flow” (2011), directed by Ke Chin-Yuan, shows how the passage of time has increasingly distanced local fishing villages from the sea and its sustenance in the expansive tidal flats connecting the Dadu and Zhuoshui River estuaries in southeastern Taiwan, one of Taiwan’s most important bird habitats and one of Asia’s most significant wetland areas.

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