French director Chris Marker traces the long and difficult career of Soviet communist filmmaker Aleksandr Ivanovic Medvedkin (1900-1989) by exploring his lost and re-discovered work, digging through a mass of archival material and by interviewing his friends, family and colleagues. Le Tombaeu D'Alexandre is poetically didactic, a documentary exploring the history of the United Soviet Socialist Republic (USSR) and, simultaneously, the history of Soviet cinema.
This documentary about the "mother of independent cinema" paints a rich biographical portrait of a pioneer in the development of independent American film. Deren was one of the great names of the American avant- garde cinema and this film follows the journey of the artist's fascination with Haitian voodoo, Her heroic refusal to make Hollywood compromise, and her tragic early death in 1961.
In the land of Samba, soccer is likened to a form of dance. In this film, an epic, comprised of rare and precious footage, we revisit the two big stars of the game: Pele and Garrincha. They are both Brazilian idols and government and propaganda tools. Their myth began life in 1958 and their life, career and personal destiny become tightly interwoven with the destiny of their nation. Born in poverty, they became 'a alegria do povo' (the pleasure of people). They are Brazilian symbols impossible to be replaced.
In the wake of the Tienanmen Square Incident in1989, Taiwanese students organized a demonstration at the Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall in Taipei, where they raised their voices in support of their Beijing comrades. They wanted democracy, freedom and human rights. The passion of their youth penetrated the society of that time. The mobilized a thousand students to mourn the students who died at Tienanmen and to celebrate news of the death of DENG Xiaoping, but was it not only in order to pat themselves on the back? Once the tumult had passed, what help had it brought to society?
Spanning over a period of 10 years, this film is about a group of workers who stood up in protest against an illegal factory shutdown. In May 1992, Chin-Shiang Textile employees suffered various assaults by their company from salary cuts to unexplained demotion and the sudden shutdown of the factory. From reticence to picketing the factory, the dispute escalated to public demonstrations and even the active involvement and guidance of professionals from Taiwan’s Worker’s Movement. The process of their fight wrote down the first page in the history of Taiwan’s labor movement.
At the outset, the film informs the audience of its intention to both document and support the student movement. In March 1990, students from all over the universities, colleges and volitional schools throughout Taiwan raised their voices in unison to call for old National Assembly members to retire from office. There were four points to their demand: dissolve the National Assembly; abolish the Temporary Measures for Suppression of the Rebellion; convene a conference to discuss national affairs; and provide a timetable for democratic reform.
The stains of Bach’s solo cello and the voice of narrator CHENG Wen-Tang take us back to 1989, stirring up memories of CHENG Nan-Jung and the Freedom Era Weekly Magazine office where he burned himself to death. At 9:05 AM on April 7, CHENG Nan-Jung’s charred body declared his resolve to contribute himself to this land and his love for the people. The activist thinker CHENG Nan-Jung opened up many new directions for Taiwan on the road to freedom. Through this film we come to understand why it is that CHENG’s death has had such a tremendous and lasting influence on Taiwanese society.
In 1982, TaiPower, a major industrial firm, decided to use Orchid Island as a dumping ground for nuclear waste. In 1987, the Dawus decided to protest formally against the dumping of nuclear waste on their beloved island. In 1988, the infamous 220 action to ‘rip the evil out of Orchid Island’ took place. It was a historic moment marking the first time the Dawus demonstrated against the nuclear waste. It has been 15 years since the documentary was made, but the evil spirit still invades this beautiful island.
WANG Yung-Ching’s Formosa Plastics is located in Chichin. Formosa Chemical is located in Changhua. In 1989, Formosa Chemical’s Ilan Plant began releasing black smoke after dark. Living standers became unbearable. Unable to resolve these problems, Formosa Plastic wants to build a sixth naphtha cracking plant. Director YU Chien-Yu hails from Yilan, and both times Formosa Plastics tried to set up a factory there, he used his images as his declaration that Kaohsiung was against the fifth naphtha cracker and certainly is against the sixth.
This video work can be regarded as a chronicle of the 100 Union Action, which, founded in Sep 21 1991, appealed for the abolition of article 100 of the Criminal Law. On Oct 9 and 10, the members of the union protested behind the Taiwan University Medical School for the abolition of this unfair law. After the protest, the union’s members, including scholars, doctors, were interviewed and spoke on reflection of the positive and negative outcomes of their action.