紀錄片學者Michael RENOV曾指出,個人紀錄片的發展,受到女性主義「個人的即政治的(the personal is political)」理念的影響。回到台灣紀錄片的脈絡,1990年代,開始有許多女性創作者,也以個人的口吻與語彙,採取「個人電影(personal cinema)」的姿態,訴說在「大寫歷史/他的歷史(HIStory)」的敘事傳統下曾被壓抑、被忽略的各種故事。
 
本單元以回顧性的視角,爬梳與揀選自1990年代以降開始出現的女性私電影,探索「個人的即政治的」概念於紀錄片中的實踐。這些作品擁抱生命敘事,藉著具反身性的創作觀點,切入身體、情慾、情感、家庭關係與成長經驗等面向,深刻地描繪出一個女性所面對的真實世界,也顯影結構所加諸在女性身上的種種框架。
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The River

Director HSU Ya-ting, along with her husband Geoffrey HUGHES, explores childbirth and the physical and emotional toll that childbirth took on her personally. She uses her body as a canvas, providing viewers with a most intimate view of what the female body is subjected to when bringing a pregnancy to term.

Sucker’s Love

Through magnifying scanned photos and juxtaposing old photos with the new ones, the film attempts to reexamine family photos as a way of rejecting the harmonic tone rooted in family portraits, while the moving film perforation becomes the train windows in the travel of time.

How Old Are You? How Old Were You?

Using camera obscura techniques, the film contemplates the idea of bringing oneself back to the origin, the womb. As the film traverses through a series of psychological events, a dialogue is conducted between two selves – infant and adult.

The Islands

An experimental documentary consists of 35mm film photographs of three islands: Inishmore, Staten Island and Tsushima Island. By rearranging and re-filming the photographs and objects, the island is no more a mere geographical expression but a state of mind.

Transactions

Here a mother works tirelessly for rich clients so she can afford to send her daughter to school in the United States. The making of a piece of clothing is filmed in detail while we listen to a phone conversation that covers the topic of credit card expenses.

Emulsion Connection

Emulsion Connection connects photochemical and digital format, as well as the filmmaker’s carefree student life abroad and her returning to hometown. The time difference between each frame can be 1/18 second, 1/24 second, or 1 week, or even a decade.

The Window of Desire

A little ballerina begins to explore her body. Two teenage girls have their first intimate experience. Following the flow of thoughts in one’s creative process, a journey into the past reveals the protagonist’s desires experienced at various ages.

Flow

What if everything is in a flow, what is the meaning of life derived from its sense of interconnectedness? The film observes the flow of change and rhythms of breathing through abstract moving images. A poetic state of meditative process slowly comes into being.

Transcript (the other version)

Immersing in the tension within the family of origin, one follows the rrumination in the meditation on intimacy.

Spectrum of Nostalgia

In T. S. ELIOT’s rendition, ‘What might have been is an abstraction remaining a perpetual possibility only in a world of speculation.’ When looking into the past, the filmmaker finds her memories fading and her past self on the verge of vanishing. Through the usage of family's archival materials, she aims to explore the relationship between one’s being, body, memory, imagery and death.

Taiwan Spectrum|Triviality that Speaks Volumes: Personal Cinema of Female Directors Since the 1990s

Documentary theorist Michael RENOV once reflected upon the importance of the feminist movement in creating new forms of documentary that investigate the subjectivity and identity of the filmmaker. Indeed, many female filmmakers in Taiwan began to adopt the idea of ‘personal cinema’ in the 1990s, telling their personal stories suppressed or neglected in the tradition of ‘HIStory’ narrative.

From a retrospective viewpoint, this program attempts to re-examine how the idea of ‘the personal is political’ was realised through documentary practice. With self-reflective tone, these works contemplate on the idea of body, desire, emotion, family and experience of growing up, while unveiling various types of restraints imposed on women by the society.

Films

A Trip of the Moon

A Trip of the Moon

2005
Taiwan
33min
吳淑然
Suzan HOPE

Avoiding Vision

Avoiding Vision

2010
Taiwan
34min
陳婉真
Kite CHEN

Bloody Words

Bloody Words

2010
Taiwan
43min
江映青
CHIANG Ying-ching

Depart for a New Life: One Promise

Depart for a New Life: One Promise

2000
Taiwan
24min
周旭薇
CHOU She-wei

Dream

Dream

1998
Taiwan
45min
陳杏芬
Olivia CHEN

Emulsion Connection

Emulsion Connection

2009
Taiwan
3min
許岑竹
HSU Tsen-chu

Flow

Flow

2013
Taiwan
17min
曾莉珺
Lichun TSENG

Hard Good Life

Hard Good Life

2003
Taiwan
43min
許慧如
HSU Hui-ju

Hard Good Life 2

Hard Good Life 2

2008
Taiwan
75min
許慧如
HSU Hui-ju

House Women Home

House Women Home

2002
Taiwan
58min
陳杏芬
Olivia CHEN

How Old Are You? How Old Were You?

How Old Are You? How Old Were You?

2017
Taiwan
16min
劉行欣
LIU Hsing-hsin

My Homework

My Homework

1998
Taiwan
40min
曾文珍
TSENG Wen-chen

Small Talk

Small Talk

2016
Taiwan
88min
黃惠偵
HUANG Hui-chen

Somewhere Over the Cloud

Somewhere Over the Cloud

2007
Taiwan
102min
蕭美玲
HSIAO Mei-ling

Spectrum of Nostalgia

Spectrum of Nostalgia

2017
Taiwan
24min
陳顗竹
CHEN Yi-chu

Sucker’s Love

Sucker’s Love

2008
Taiwan
6min
趙中慧
Doll CHAO

The Islands

The Islands

2016
Taiwan
10min
謝宣光
HSIEH Hsuan-kuang

The River

The River

2016
Taiwan
13min
許雅婷、修傑夫
HSU Ya-ting, Geoffrey HUGHES

The Window of Desire

The Window of Desire

2009
Taiwan
13min
黃靖閔
Kassey C.M. HUANG

Transactions

Transactions

2008
Taiwan
8min
陳瀅如
CHEN Yin-ju

Transcript (the other version)

Transcript (the other version)

2019
Taiwan
3min
徐璐
Erica SHEU
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