A series of renowned Taiwanese films such as Taiwanese epic "Warriors of the Rainbow: Seediq Bale” (賽德克‧巴萊) and "A Year in the Clouds” (司馬庫斯) will be screened in a Taiwan-themed film festival at the Delaware Art Museum this month.
The Taiwan Film Festival, which will run between Sept. 8 and 22, is a collaborative effort by the Delaware-based Hanlin Chinese Culture Association, the Overseas Compatriot Affairs Commission, the Taipei Cultural Center in New York and Taiwan's Ministry of Culture.
The film "Warriors of the Rainbow” directed by award-winning filmmaker Wei Te-sheng will be screened on the opening night of Sept. 8.
Wei's film offers a unique retelling of an extraordinary and little-known episode from 20th-century history between 1895 and 1945, when Taiwan was a Japanese colony inhabited by both Han Chinese immigrants and the aboriginal tribes who first settled on the land. The storyline starts in 1930, when Mouna Rudo, the leader of one of these Seediq tribes, forged a coalition with other Seediq tribal heads and began to plot a rebellion against their Japanese rulers.
Among the five Taiwan-made productions to be screened at the museum, two documentaries - "Money and Honey” (麵包情人) directed by Jasmine Ching-hui Lee and "Taiwanese Opera Maestro in Taiwan: Liao Chiung-chih” (廖瓊枝) directed by Fu Chi-chung - will be screened on Sept. 15.
"Money and Honey” examines the lives of Filipino maids working far from home in Taiwan, while "Taiwanese Opera Maestro in Taiwan” tells the life story of the famous opera actress Liao Chiung-chih, the recipient of the 27th National Cultural Award for her extraordinary contributions in the fields of arts and culture.
"A Year in the Clouds” directed by Dean Johnson and Frank Smith and "Ebb and Flow” (退潮) directed by Ke Chin-yuan will screened on Sept. 22, the last day of the film festival.
"A Year in the Clouds,” a film depicting the life of an indigenous tribe in their forest environment, shows the different kind of dignity and attitude toward life displayed by traditional indigenous people when encountering modern civilization.
"Ebb and Flow,” which was filmed at the Fangyuan wetlands in Changhua County, chronicles fishermen's life of farming oysters and their lifestyle that is clocked by tides.
Admission to the film festival is free and all five films will be shown at the Delaware Art Museum's DuPont Auditorium. For more information please visit the Hanlin Chinese Culture Association's website at www.hanlincca.org.
'Seediq Bale' Official Trailer
'Honey and Bread' Official Trailer
'Taiwanese Opera Maestro' Official Trailer
'A Year in the Clouds' Official Trailer
'Ebb and Flow' Official Trailer