Karmapa is the spiritual leader, as a living Buddha, of the peace-loving Buddhist tradition in Tibet. Since the Dalai Lama, the current Karmapa, is also a political figure of the independence movement of Tibet, the China government wants to install his own puppet leaders as Dalai Lamas candidates. The result is a turmoil.
What is the future of Taiwan? What does it mean to be Taiwanese? As a second-generation Taiwanese American, how does the director relate herself to Taiwan, either cultrally or politically? Han Chee builds up a possible imaged history of Taiwan, which is also open and resonant to other situations, other places.
The ''Miao-Tuan'' Group started off on a two-month ''Walk to Beijing'' trip in February, 1997, to commemorate Hong Kong 's return to China. The group traversed through Guangzhou, across the Yellow River, to Mao Zedong's birthplace, to Tiananmen Square, and finally to the Great Wall. The trip provided a unique way of viewing the post-1997 relationship between China and Hong Kong.
Shot between 1994 and 1996, Pyongyang Diaries records the individual human beings living within North Korea, a very restrictive regime and their enthusiasm of more contact with the outside world. The viewer is confronted by reminders of the struggle of the past, and the worsening crisis of famine in the country.
Mohammad Bakri is one of Israeli leading actors, with countless film and stage credits. When the peace process between Israel and Jordan took a bumpy course, his identity of being an Israeli Arab forces him to reconsider his position.
Three Chinese women are working frantically to tell the world about the historical moment of return of Hong Kong back to Mainland China. All television journalists, they have very different background, which includes the birthplace and growing-up experiences. Reunification might have been concerned as a parent's reunion with an errant child. What is the future of the whole family?
Life on An (other) Island: Portrait of Four Hong Kong People
This is a film about four different people and families from Hong Kong, who came to Taiwan all for different reasons. Although they now live in a different country, they still have a lot of feelings for Hong Kong. The handover of Hong Kong to China had a particular singnificance to them. What effect did the handover have on their self-identity?
Ma-Be-Hao is a small branch of Tai-Ya tribe. Due to the swift changes of the political power in the island, the tribe lost their land. They stated the requirement toward the government, but got the reply as it is hard to define so-called ''native'' and to consider the ownership of the land. However, they keep it in mind that they must acquire land back some day.
Satis, a 21-year-old Nepalese man, formed a rock group in the capital of Nepal. His Australian girlfriend wound like to take him with her to Australia while he found there is no chance for him to develop his music career if he keeps staying in Katmandu. It seems to him that a choice between the traditional life at home and western life style overseas should be decided.
The city of Xiamen and the island of Jinmen face each other across the Taiwan Straits. Fishermen began to travel between the two locations after Martial Law was lifted in 1987, resulting in intermarriages. Brides from Xiamen have to spend a long journey to Jinmen, even though you can see Jinmen from Xiamen with naked eye. The homesickness of the brides is a fitting analogy of the relationship between Taiwan and mainland.