本單元除了觀摩評審與「亞洲紀錄片合製計畫」的作品之外,特別要向兩位重要的台灣紀錄片創作者致敬。李孟哲(1967-2018)導演早期專注勞工議題與社會問題,後來跨足各影像類型,美學上多有創新,亦投身政治運動;陳俊志(1967-2018)導演自1990年代末期,一直是同志權益與影像的倡議先鋒,曾出版自傳式小說轟動一時。二人先後於2018年不幸病逝,僅以此紀念兩位導演。

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We Still Have to Close Our Eyes

A collage of scenes in the periphery of film sets and locations in Manila made to look like a fictional piece, a gift to a baby named Aki Tala who will grow and watch her father's work for the first time.

Comfort

During the Korean War, the term ‘Supply Class V’ refers to women, as the fifth military supply offered to soldiers. Examining issues of the ongoing lawsuit against the Korean government filed by the former U.S. military’s ‘comfort women’, the film reveals how Japanese military’s sexual slavery system during World War II was repeated in the Korean society. There is no direct interview with the victims in the film, yet their own writings become a part of the story.

Fight for Taiwanese Documentaries: In Memory of Mickey CHEN

In 2000, director Mickey CHEN won the TIDF Audience Award with his film, Boys for Beauty. At the time, the ‘Real Pangcah, Reel Amis’ Documentary Festival, organised by indigenous director Mayaw Biho, was hindered by the Taipei City Government at every turn. A group of Taiwanese directors decided to call out in solidarity at the TIDF award ceremony. This clip documents the development of the plan from plotting to action, and captures rare footage of director CHEN at the podium reading out their letter of protest.

Taipei Dad, New York Mom (Unfinished)

Known for his work in gay cinema, director Mickey CHEN had always wanted to adapt his autobiographical novel, Taipei Dad, New York Mom, into film. In a rough-cut of the film, discovered after he passed away in late 2018, CHEN demonstrates extraordinary strength of will in excavating the wounds of his family: He invites his parents, siblings, and the best friend of his late sister to engage in personal conversation. He recites his writings of past traumatic experiences, even in tears.

People Power Bombshell: The Diary of Vietnam Rose

People Power Bombshell: The Diary of Vietnam Rose is a behind-the-scenes account of The Diary of Vietnam Rose, a film left unfinished by the late Filipino master director Celso Advento CASTILLO. On the basis of 20 recovered rolls of never-before-seen footage of the film shot at the time of the People Power Revolution of 1986, director John TORRES interviewed the original cast and crew on their distressing experiences on the island during the film’s production, including the possible harassment endured by the then 19-year-old actress, Liz ALINDOGAN.

Fifth Cinema

The late Māori filmmaker Barry BARCLAY, who first introduced the concept of ‘Fourth Cinema’ to distinguish indigenous cinema from the established ‘First, Second, and Third Cinema’ framework, provides the text and structure to director NGUYEN Trinh Thi’s hybrid essay film that moves on multiple cinematic and topical terrains.

Everyday's the Seventies

Different versions of the same history—one personal, another depicted by cinema, the third described by the media—are laid on top of each other and collapsed. Mixing footage from Hong Kong movies of the 1980s and 1990s with wire service footage of the Vietnam War and the Vietnamese refugee crisis in Hong Kong from the late 1970s to 1997, and an interview with the owner of Paul’s Records in Hong Kong, Everyday's the Seventies continues to explore the director’s interests in gaps and disconnection between personal memories, history, and other kinds of collective histories.

Eleven Men

Eleven Men is composed of scenes from a range of Vietnamese classic films featuring the same central actress, Như Quỳnh. Spanning three decades of her legendary acting career, most of the appropriated movies—from 1966 to 2000—were produced by the state-owned Vietnam Feature Film Studio. Inspired by ‘Eleven Sons’, a short story by Franz KAFKA first published in 1919, wherein a father declares he has ‘eleven sons’ and then describes each of them in acute and ironic detail, this film begins with a woman stating: ‘I have eleven men’.

A Work in Progress

When a child comes into their lives, how will a couple adjust to the changes? This film can be seen as a sequel to Chin-song and Xiao-shah’s Wedding Plaza: It opens with their expectations for married life, and then presents Chin-song’s monologue in black-and-white chiaroscuro, leading its audience through the passage of life. This film was made during the director’s master’s study, and will welcome its festival debut at TIDF.

Chin-song and Xiao-shah's Wedding Plaza

Chin-song and Xiao-shah are getting married. The joyous couple’s loving confessions and their aspirations in life are captured in close-up shots. Juxtaposing the interior shots of the newlyweds’ apartment with rooftop views, the director also depicts how they react when confronted with domestic and financial realities. When documenting the life of Chin-song, a fellow male cameraman, director LEE Meng-zhe returns from scenes of social activism to reflection and exploration of the self.

Special Presentation

On top of showcasing the Jurors’ Films and a work from the Asian Docs Co-production Network Project, this programme also pays homage to two influential Taiwanese documentary filmmakers. Director LEE Meng-zhe (1967–2018) focused on Taiwanese labour rights and social issues in his early works, and later produced aesthetically innovative films and video art across all genres while engaging in political activism; Director Mickey CHEN (1967–2018) paved the way for Taiwanese gay cinema and gay rights advocacy since the late 1990s, breaking ground with his highly acclaimed autobiographical novel. With these special screenings, we commemorate directors LEE and CHEN, who both passed away in 2018.

Films

A Work in Progress

A Work in Progress

1998
Taiwan
16min
李孟哲
LEE Meng-zhe

Chin-song and Xiao-shah's Wedding Plaza

Chin-song and Xiao-shah's Wedding Plaza

1994
Taiwan
31min
李孟哲
LEE Meng-zhe

Comfort

Comfort

2020
South Korea
66min
李蕙璘
LEE Hyerin

Eleven Men

Eleven Men

2016
Vietnam
29min
阮純詩
NGUYEN Trinh Thi

Everyday's the Seventies

Everyday's the Seventies

2018
Vietnam
15min
阮純詩
NGUYEN Trinh Thi

Fifth Cinema

Fifth Cinema

2018
Vietnam
55min
阮純詩
NGUYEN Trinh Thi

Fight for Taiwanese Documentaries: In Memory of Mickey CHEN

Fight for Taiwanese Documentaries: In Memory of Mickey CHEN

2000
Taiwan
10min
龍男.以撒克.凡亞思
Lungnan Isak Fangas

People Power Bombshell: The Diary of Vietnam Rose

People Power Bombshell: The Diary of Vietnam Rose

2016
Philippines
89min
約翰.托雷斯
John TORRES

Professor Chu's Summer Homework: The Struggle of Women Workers at Ban-Chiao Clothing Factory

Professor Chu's Summer Homework: The Struggle of Women Workers at Ban-Chiao Clothing Factory

1992
Taiwan
119min
羅興階, 李孟哲
LO Shin-chieh, LEE Meng-zhe

Taipei Dad, New York Mom (Unfinished)

Taipei Dad, New York Mom (Unfinished)

2019
Taiwan
55min
陳俊志
Mickey CHEN

We Still Have to Close Our Eyes

We Still Have to Close Our Eyes

2019
Philippines
13min
約翰.托雷斯
John TORRES
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