Shanghai Family Value is an observational documentary structured around the director’s childhood home in the old French quarter of Shanghai. The central story line unfolds around her ongoing effort to understand the new and old Chinese society by focusing on the house which her mother built and owned in the forties. Keeping with her role as an observer, the filmmaker attempts to explore the contrasts between Chinese and Western perceptions about society, decision-making and time. This leads us to the universal question: what is memory?
The Pao-Jaing-Hu are people who roam the night markets around Taiwan. They are said to be numerous in Jiayi and Tainan (in Southern Taiwan) where the old cultures still live on. The Pao-Jaing-Hu appearing in this film are based in Jaiyi (population 300,000). The shooting of the film took place mainly in and around the cities of Jiayi and Tainan. But moving with the Pao-Jaing-Hu, the film is also partly shot in Kaoshiung and the central mountain districts.
Cinéma Vérité: Defining the Moment is a major retrospective of some of the century’s finest non-fiction films, and a celebration of the contemporary legacy of the Cinéma Vérité revolution of the late 50s and 60s. The revolution had many names: Free Cinema, Direct Cinema, Candid Eye, Cinéma Vérité. And it broke out simultaneously in England, France, the US and Canada. Wherever it appeared, the form marked a completely new way of understanding film, the audience, and the world.
Edith Bouvier Beale and her daughter little Edie are genuine American eccentrics who lived for decades in a decaying palatial estate in Long Island called Grey Gardens. They are also, respectively, Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis’s aunt and first cousin. When the Maysles met them in 1973, they were facing eviction charges for neglecting their house and grounds. Weeds and vines choked off the landscape while raccoons roamed freely in the mansion’s attic.
Free market capitalism has not only effected the flow of capital but also the global migration of labor. Laborers cross national borders to “developed” or “developing” countries and take on low-paying job in the service sector. The growing number of international laborers and new immigrants, usually of various nations and ethnicity, has now begun to have certain impact on the host society. For example, in Taiwan, the lure if high income might subject them to the employer’s exploitations. And policy makers and employers rarely take into account their sense of displacement.
6 hours of cinematic journey through the history of Jerusalem. Based on the saga of a family and city, the story of individuals caught in the whirlpool of history. This is the filmmaker’s personal diary and a portrait of his family interwoven with the history of Jerusalem , the city of his birth.