以影像作為見證,看中新生代之聲如何在紀錄片的國度爭一片天。192部投件作品中,島嶼與世界的光景展露無遺。透過15部入圍影片,盼能帶你乘著恍惚的流,行經陌生的熟悉風景,走過從潰爛到癒合的刑難,抵達苦而回甘的無恙未來。

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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.

Rain in 2020

Rain in 2020 took LEE Yong-chao seven years to make. It shows how a family copes with the changing situation and what is happening in Myanmar. Amid the pandemic in 2020, a torrential rain caused the family and the entire village to soak in the flooding sewage. Nobody knows when the muddy water will be gone and what will come after the storm.

The Catch

Every November to the following February, a group of Indigenous Taiwanese migrant workers set up the camps along Lanyang River in Yilan County to catch the season's first batch of eel fries. For those four months, these campsites are their home. But no amount of warmth from within the campsite can shield them from the harsh ocean winds, the volatile squatter environment, harassment from local gangs, or a slew of unpredictability that arise from living on unfriendly grounds.

The Islands

The Islands follows the journey of former student activist CHEN Ting-hao, as he decided to escape the toxic political environment of Taipei City. He ended up landing on Matsu Islands, a political backwater located off the coast of China. Serving as a political staffer managing local affairs, he is forced to ponder on the intricate interplay between political ideals and reality.

A Rolling Stone

He has tattoos. He writes poems. He paints. He has done a few dirty jobs. When he was in prison for the second time, he received a literary award. With a poor sense of direction, he jokes that he needs to ‘design an escape route’ everytime he goes back to his hometown. Carrying 37 keys, he seems to have no idea where life is leading him to. He is always looking for work, friends and love, but gets lost again and again.

K’s Room – The Creation and Destruction of the World

K’s room’ is a mental space that serves as a metaphor for the complex relationship between men, boundaries, and the nation state during Taiwan’s martial law period. All the lines in the film were extracted from New English Grammar, one of Taiwan’s most popular English grammar books published in 1960, as a way of reconstructing the mental state of its author Mr. K who was sent to prison due to political reasons.

Green Jail

Grandma HASHIMA is the last Taiwanese who knows the secrets of ‘Green Jail’, the notorious coal mine before World War II in Okinawa, Japan. With hardly any visitors, she lives alone in an old and shaggy wooden house by the ‘jail on the sea’ where her family once lived, she recounts her experience of the coal mine days on the island. Through her memories of guilt, pain, anger, and the miseries of the past 80 years, this film portrays the last years of Grandma HASHIMA’s life.

The Bad Man

Myanmar has the world’s longest ongoing civil war that has spanned more than 70 years. The Kachin Independence Army (KIA) is the ethnic rebel group most vehemently opposed to the ruling military junta. The protagonist of this film was conscripted into the KIA as a child, transforming him from an innocent kid into a ruthless man who talks about killing without hesitation. With all the wounds and experiences, he is now considering which path to take for the future.

Taste of Wild Tomato

Kaohsiung served as an important military base under Japanese colonial rule and had incurred heavy casualties during the 228 Incident. The film subtly tends to the deep scars of the witnesses, survivors and their descendants as an act of resistance to oblivion. Memories survive through different eras of oppression and continue to live in people’s hearts, just like the wild tomatoes grown in this land.

Kaohsiung City, Yancheng District, Fubei Rd., No.31

As a storied apartment complex awaits its eventual demolition, its inhabitants teeter on the edge of poverty, unaware that the deadliest building fire in the city's history will soon arrive.

Taiwan Competition

With shot footage as their witness, Taiwanese filmmakers are slowly gaining their ground in the realm of documentary, both the veteran and the up-and-coming. In the 192 entries this year, they cast light on the faces and places of this island and of the world. With the 15 selected titles, come ride on the flow of trance with us, gaze into the strangeness in familiarity, navigate through open and healing wounds, and immerse yourself in the boiling feelings of turning eighteen.

Films

A Decision

A Decision

2018
Taiwan
72min
陳志漢
Maso CHEN

A Fight to the Death

A Fight to the Death

2018
Taiwan
49min
謝欣志, 陳芝安
HSIEH Hsin-chih, CHEN Chih-an

A Rolling Stone

A Rolling Stone

2021
Taiwan
42min
葉家辰
YEH Chia-chen

A Silent Gaze

A Silent Gaze

2022
Taiwan
181min
黃信堯
HUANG Hsin-yao

Broca's Aphasia

Broca's Aphasia

2022
Taiwan
84min
蘇明彥
SU Ming-yen

Crossing's End

Crossing's End

2021
Taiwan
116min
施佑倫
SHIH Yu-lun

Flow

Flow

2018
Taiwan
29min
蘇明彥
SU Ming-yen

Green Jail

Green Jail

2021
France, Japan, Taiwan
101min
黃胤毓
HUANG Yin-yu

Gubuk (Hut)

Gubuk (Hut)

2018
Taiwan
54min
蘇育賢
SO Yo-hen

Housing

Housing

2020
Taiwan
115min
林謙勇
Show-tsai LIN

In Trance We Gaze

In Trance We Gaze

2018
Taiwan
25min
陳芯宜
Singing CHEN

Kaohsiung City, Yancheng District, Fubei Rd., No.31

Kaohsiung City, Yancheng District, Fubei Rd., No.31

2021
Taiwan
18min
曾威量
CHIANG Wei-liang

Kisses and Hugs

Kisses and Hugs

2018
Taiwan
39min
詹皓中
CHAN Hao-chung

K’s Room – The Creation and Destruction of the World

K’s Room – The Creation and Destruction of the World

2020
Taiwan
15min
洪瑋伶
HUNG Wei-lin

Last Year When the Train Passed by

Last Year When the Train Passed by

2018
France, Taiwan
18min
黃邦銓
HUANG Pang-chuan

Llyong Topa

Llyong Topa

2020
Taiwan
90min
高俊宏
KAO Jun-honn

Me and My Condemned Son

Me and My Condemned Son

2019
Taiwan
74min
李家驊
LEE Chia-hua

Mutualism

Mutualism

2019
Taiwan
22min
李亦軒
LI I-hsuan

Opening Closing Forgetting

Opening Closing Forgetting

2018
Taiwan
80min
洪子健
James T. HONG

Rain in 2020

Rain in 2020

2021
Myanmar, Taiwan
79min
李永超
LEE Yong-chao

Remember Me

Remember Me

2022
Taiwan
86min
洪淳修
HUNG Chun-hsiu

Taste of Wild Tomato

Taste of Wild Tomato

2021
Taiwan
123min
廖克發
LAU Kek-huat

The Bad Man

The Bad Man

2021
Taiwan
76min
李永超
LEE Yong-chao

The Boiling Water LAMA

The Boiling Water LAMA

2018
Taiwan
77min
盧彥中
Adiong LU

The Catch

The Catch

2021
Japan, Taiwan
54min
許哲嘉
HSU Che-chia

The Good Daughter

The Good Daughter

2019
Taiwan, United States
83min
吳郁瑩
WU Yu-ying

The Islands

The Islands

2022
Taiwan
82min
江偉華
CHIANG Wei-hua

The Lucky Woman

The Lucky Woman

2020
Taiwan
87min
曾文珍
TSENG Wen-chen

The Making of Crime Scenes

The Making of Crime Scenes

2021
France, Taiwan
22min
許哲瑜
HSU Che-yu

Turning 18

Turning 18

2018
Taiwan
88min
賀照緹
HO Chao-ti
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