The independent investigative documentarian, Kevin H.J. LEE, takes on the state machine to unveil the bureaucratic and academic complicity that conceals potential virus outbreaks that may jeopardise public health. LEE points his camera at the distorted bureaucratic system, advocating more media attention and public monitoring to curb abuses of power and keep the government accountable.
In Taiwan, every animal sent to the animal shelter faces a 12-day euthanasia countdown if it is not reclaimed or adopted. However, instead of providing a home, the harsh environment in shelters often rushes them towards their deadline. By propagating the slogan, "Adopt, not abandon", we wish to find homes for the stray animals and to end their suffering.
Taunted in primary school for not being able to speak Mandarin, LIN Jin-xian later became a teacher of the Taiwanese language and a scholar of regional cultural history. But the fate of a substitute teacher is that of a drifter, and his in-depth research in cultural history no longer has practical application. LIN looks back on his life and realises that he is like a stray dog, with an unknown future.
Eighty years ago, Seediq people living in the mountains of Taiwan organised an uprising against the Japanese colonial rulers, and the rebellion was known as the "Wushe Incident". In Pusu Qhuni, the descendants of the Wushe survivors talk about the history from their point of view and lead us to the places where the tragedies took place.
Out/Marriage is the first Taiwanese documentary filmed from the perspective of the new immigrants, mainly women from other Southeast Asian countries married to Taiwanese men. If you wish to delve into their innermost thoughts, let their life stories unfold before your eyes, beginning with the moments at which their marriages begin to dissolve.
In the waters around Kinmen Island, there is a curious creature which has existed for over 200 million years. People in Kinmen have made a living from the sea for over 300 years. They have survived the crossstrait conflicts between Taiwan and Mainland China. But in the era of peace, both now face a critical crisis - the misuse of the coast by commercial development.
Having grown up in the mountains Chiayi, installation artist WANG Wen-chih weaves his memories of mountains and forests into his work. Using natural materials such as bamboo, rattan and wood, WANG creates his art with hands and collective labour. The huge spaces he constructs emit such deep and strong power that surprise and move countless visitors. This film follows WANG on his journey of creation.
At the end of the 18th century, Chinese started to migrate into India. Over 200 years, they experienced British colonial rule, Indian independence, the Sino-Indian War, and numerous changes of government. Very recently, a Chinese became a star in Bollywood. Only then has the social status of Chinese under India's caste system started to change...
They're ordinary men who are trying to join the dangerous and exciting sport, wrestling, to prove that they are still alive and unique in their own way, i.e. in pain. When the enemy attacks, they are not afraid at all. These men risk their lives to provide the audiences with excellent shows. Once they have gone down this path, they not only cannot turn back but have to face it on their own.
This documentary, Civil Disobedience, records the events of civil unrest following the "Red Martial Law" in 2008. It tells the story of the abuses the civilians suffered in the hands of the authorities, of how the state power has rapidly advanced to undermine the civil rights, and it investigates the problems of being educated to be "obedient."
Fifteen documentaries are selected from the 189 films we received in this category to go through to the final stage. From art to sports, from body to environment, from documenting to investigating, from individual to society, the vitality demonstrated in these works shows how Taiwanese society has changed in recent years and tells the stories of individuals. Through Taiwanese Competition, the TIDF expects itself to realise one of its objectives – becoming the most important documentary platform in Taiwan.