迥異的文化景緻在光影之間交錯蔓生,離散或團聚、戰亂與和平、親暱又疏離。立足島嶼的同時,亦放眼那些鮮為人知的疆界(甚至外星!)。亞洲的樣貌在761部投件作品中逐漸成形,脫穎而出的15部入圍影片也在紀錄片遼闊的光譜上各自精彩。

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A Silent Gaze

Since 2009, the filmmaker has spent 12 years documenting the ever-changing times of three townships along the coast of Tainan County, namely Beimen, Jiangjun and Qigu. Through the lenses, human activities are seen closely connected with the surrounding nature, while maintaining its own charm. The film subtly captures a singular way of life and a sense of time suspended in the past, present and future.

As a part of a discussion on memory and detemporality, this work comes in another 3-channel video installation as further dialogue with this single-channel video.

How to Improve the World

Resisting the westernised reliance on images for creating narratives and experiencing the world, the film turns to music and sound as a way of perceiving through listening. While observing the loss of land and traditional ways of living, this aurally centred film reflects on the past, present and future of indigenous cultures of the people in Vietnam's Central Highlands.

A Rifle and a Bag

Somi and her husband are striving to build a new life after fighting for a decade alongside the Naxalites, a Maoist guerrilla group from India. In the aftermath of surrendering to the police, the couple is struggling to safeguard their children's future through education. But the central government, they once fought against, seems to deny them a future and redemption.

206: Unearthed

More than a million South Koreans died during the Korean War and the full extent of the atrocities committed during the war remains unknown to this day. In 2005, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) uncovered 168 massacres, but by 2010, the commission was shut down. Haunted by the unsolved murders, these former investigators and the bereaved families restarted a project at various areas to uncover the truth on their own.

Blue Island

One risked rushing against raging waves to escape being involved in the Cultural Revolution; one resisted colonialism and was imprisoned due to participating in printing patriotic periodicals; one supported the students' demands for freedom, only to see their dreams and bodies crushed by tank treads. The past is presented in fictional scenes, with today's activists playing those of yesteryear, as their scarred memories and experiences become more tangled than ever.

Little Palestine, Diary of a Siege

The district of Yarmouk in Syria sheltered the biggest Palestinian refugee camp in the world from 1957 to 2018. When the Syrian revolution broke out, the regime saw Yarmouk as a refuge of rebels and has set up a siege since 2013. Gradually deprived of food, medicine and electricity, the besieged inhabitants decided to face the siege with rallying, study, music, love and joy.

The Burrows

In the town where the filmmaker was born, he and his family are following an age-old tradition by building a tomb for his grandparents. This carefully composed portrait of a village, interspersed with scenes of people at work, personal memories, and philosophical reflections, gradually unveils the spiritual world of the hometown and offers a meditation on existence itself.

Pink Mao

Why do we see certain colours even when they aren't there? The filmmaker meticulously analyzes the one hundred CNY bill, which carries a portrait of MAO Zedong, and finds that – despite official representations and general perception – the banknote is pink rather than red. In a serious tone and colourful images, she also casually challenges entrenched notions about digitalization, globalisation, capitalism and gender.

Transparent, I am.

In 2020, when the world was forced to 'change', I wanted to confirm what had changed and what hadn't in me. The white mask I wore became the screen projecting my past. My family members sometimes suffer a lot, but support me nevertheless when I experience schizophrenia. We live today to the fullest while continuously looking for the answer to 'who we are'.

Tokyo Kurds

In the 1990s, about 2,000 Turkish Kurdish refugees settled in a suburb of Tokyo; however, up until today, most of them are still illegal immigrants. Ozan has been working illegally as a construction worker, and is anxious about his uncertain future. Mehmet spent 520 days in detention for no apparent reason while suffering from a critical health condition without medical aid. Ramazan has been trying various ways to obtain a visa but his illegal immigrant status has kept him from his dream.

Asian Vision Competition

Light and shadow interweave into diverse culturescapes. They are together and apart, in war and in peace, intimate but also alienated. Whilst you stand on the viewpoint of an island, don't forget to cast a caring eye on the lesser known territories (including the extraterrestrial!). Ideas of Asia and Asian perspectives gradually emerge amongst the 761 submissions this year, and each of the 15 selected titles shines like a hidden gem.

Films

100 Times Reproduction of Democracy

100 Times Reproduction of Democracy

2019
Thailand
114min
朱拉亞農.西里彭
Chulayarnnon SIRIPHOL

206: Unearthed

206: Unearthed

2021
South Korea, Thailand
93min
許喆寧
HEO Chul-nyung

A Night of Knowing Nothing

A Night of Knowing Nothing

2021
France, India
97min
帕亞爾.卡帕迪亞
Payal KAPADIA

A Rifle and a Bag

A Rifle and a Bag

2020
India, Italy, Qatar, Romania
90min
克里斯緹娜.漢斯, 伊莎貝拉.里納迪, 阿莉亞.羅特
Cristina HANES, Isabella RINALDI, Arya ROTHE

A Silent Gaze

A Silent Gaze

2022
Taiwan
181min
黃信堯
HUANG Hsin-yao

Ayana

Ayana

2020
Kyrgyzstan
21min
艾妲娜.托褚貝娃
Aidana TOPCHUBAEVA

Blue Island

Blue Island

2022
Hong Kong, Japan, Taiwan
97min
陳梓桓
CHAN Tze Woon

Children of the Mist

Children of the Mist

2021
Vietnam
93min
何黎艷
HÀ LỆ Diễm

Counting Tiles

Counting Tiles

2018
Lebanon
86min
辛希亞.舒凱荷
Cynthia CHOUCAIR

Diary of Cattle

Diary of Cattle

2019
Indonesia
17min
莉蒂亞.阿菲麗塔,大衛.達瑪迪
Lidia AFRILITA, David DARMADI

For My Alien Friend

For My Alien Friend

2019
Philippines
73min
傑特.雷伊可
Jet LEYCO

Help Is on the Way

Help Is on the Way

2019
Indonesia, Taiwan
91min
伊斯麥.法米.盧比思
Ismail Fahmi LUBIS

How to Improve the World

How to Improve the World

2021
Vietnam
47min
阮純詩
NGUYỄN Trinh Thi

Little Palestine, Diary of a Siege

Little Palestine, Diary of a Siege

2021
France, Lebanon, Qatar
89min
阿布達拉.哈蒂柏
Abdallah AL-KHATIB

Lost Course

Lost Course

2019
Hong Kong
179min
李哲昕
Jill LI

Odoriko

Odoriko

2020
France, Japan, United States
113min
奥谷洋一郎
OKUTANI Yoichiro

Pink Mao

Pink Mao

2020
China, Germany
23min
唐菡
TANG Han

Ploy

Ploy

2020
Singapore, Thailand
51min
普拉帕.吉瓦朗桑
Prapat JIWARANGSAN

Shadow Flowers

Shadow Flowers

2019
South Korea
108min
李承俊
YI Seungjun

Side by Side

Side by Side

2021
Cambodia
21min
李坡連
LY Polen

Soil without Land

Soil without Land

2019
Thailand
80min
南塔瓦.努班查邦
Nontawat NUMBENCHAPOL

The Burrows

The Burrows

2021
China
101min
胡三壽
HU Sanshou

The Pregnant Tree and the Goblin

The Pregnant Tree and the Goblin

2019
South Korea
115min
金東鈴, 朴勁泰
KIM Dongryung, PARK Kyoungtae

The Strangers

The Strangers

2018
South Korea
81min
明昭希
MYOUNG Sohee

The Taste of Secrets

The Taste of Secrets

2019
Cambodia, France
110min
吉雍.順
Guillaume SUON

This Shore: A Family Story

This Shore: A Family Story

2020
Taiwan
62min
吳梓安
WU Tzu-an

Tokyo Kurds

Tokyo Kurds

2021
Japan
103min
日向史有
HYUGA Fumiari

Transparent, I am.

Transparent, I am.

2020
Japan
12min
村岡由梨
MURAOKA Yuri

Vigeo Cannonball Run 2016: Xi'nan, Nanshan, Sankeng, Liuhe, Datang Running 96 km for the Northernmost Trip

Vigeo Cannonball Run 2016: Xi'nan, Nanshan, Sankeng, Liuhe, Datang Running 96 km for the Northernmos

2020
China
65min
"Xiongzaixia" TAN Jiahao
"Xiongzaixia" TAN Jiahao

When the Persimmons Grew

When the Persimmons Grew

2019
Austria, Azerbaijan
119min
席拉.貝達洛夫
Hilal BAYDAROV
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