What's the Colour for Documentary? The 30th Anniversary of Green Team

What's the Colour for Documentary? The 30th Anniversary of Green Team

Winner of the first TIDF Outstanding Contribution Award, Green Team (1986-1990) is regarded the most important non-mainstream media in the period prior to and after the lifting of martial law in Taiwan. With early electronic video camera, its members documented the waves of social movements, including political, environmental, farmer, labour, indigenous and Chinese mainlander veteran movements during the period. Through their lens and physical involvements, they captured the truth of these events, broke through the news blackout by mainstream media, and inspired younger generations with their legacy of three thousand hours of rare historical footage.

Simultaneously facing political interference and repression, Green Team made documentary films in the easiest and quickest way and sent out VHS tapes to be screened and sold at venues of social movements or election rallies. They even set up their own TV station in their later years, broadcasting the truth to people blinded by mainstream media. Twenty-one of their films are included in this retrospective, listed in chronological order to present the interrelations among the social movements occurring at the time.

If there is a colour for documentary, can we rediscover the visual language, position, perspective and spirit of Green Team through sorting, arranging, screening and viewing their works almost thirty years later? This retrospective is not only a search for the origin of modern Taiwanese documentary, but also, more importantly, an attempt to understand the past and see the future.

 

Co-curator: Taiwan Green Team Documentary Film Association

Films

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