What can be retained with photography? Where is the cinema leading us? Is there meaning to life after all? Mark LEE goes on the road and tries to answer these questions at a pace of 24 frames per second. We followed his swinging footsteps and gathered the fragments lost between frames to discover the passion he gave to the Taiwanese cinema.
This film is about my journey back to Green Island and my memories of camping and taking photographs there for 15 years. These personal memories give a new perspective not focused on the historical significance of the island.
Yan Ting is both green and blue because he likes two girls at the same time. He suffers from Autism and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. He struggles with being at once afraid of the crowded place but also loving to go. Whatever he touches, he must kiss to release anxiety inside him. In Chinlung Development Center, there are a group of respectful teachers who are trying to help Ting pursue the life he wants.
Kouhu is a place where land disappears and reappears in the course of history. 20 years ago, wetlands reappeared, turning the residents of Kouhu into one form of “climate refugees”. What visitors regard as beautiful scenery is in fact sorrow of the local residents. While nature gave the land a chance to recuperate, the people who were forced out of the land carry the memory of impoverished homeland forever.
Just like any other ordinary morning, she brushes her teeth, but when she looks at the mirror, she suddenly does not recognize the person staring back at her. 3 years ago, she decided to get surgery to put her crooked jaw back where it should be. How do you get along with that part of the body you absolutely loathe? This is a story about a person who does not like her body and decides to take action.
Teletubbies in Taipei: Workers Against Privatisation
In 2008, on the streets of Taipei, four Teletubbies appeared. They had monitors on their chests, and they dispatched DMs. They were four of Taipei’s government employees who had been laid off. No matter how hot the day or how heavy the rains were, they worked hard in the parking lots just to have stable work. But then the government shifted the operating rights to outer companies. This is a film about their anger to politicians who did not keep their words.
In late 2004, 125 Philippines women migrant workers came to the Taiwan International Workers' Association (TIWA) to file complaints for not receiving their salary. While filming, there were sweet scenes of lesbian couples cuddling each other in front of the camera. This documentary of a labor struggle unexpectedly became love stories. These women courageously fight against the state policies while struggling for love!
The impact of globalization on this world manifests itself in each pair of high heel shoes. The film reveals a young female assemblyline worker, with her own feelings of joy, disillusionment and sorrow; a Taiwanese businessman in China, managing a contract manufacturing firm and negotiating with international customers; the inner world of a fashionable, well-off young woman of New York; and the cruel realities of the slaughterhouse.
This film delivers the story of some 4,000 young Taiwanese men who enlisted for the army established by General Sun Lijen in 1949. Receiving a short period of basic military training, they were informed they could return home to wait for reentering active service. However, they have never been officially discharged up to this day…
Mei-hua’s family of seven from Taitung came to the San-ying Village 12 years ago. They built their home by their own bare hands. After one month Mei-hua’s youngest brother was born, the house they were living in was torn to the ground by Taipei County Government for violating building laws. When they were asked, “What are you going to do now? Their answer was very simple- If they tear it down, we’ll build it again!