The Kavalan: Past and Present

The Kavalan: Past and Present

潘朝成bauki angaw
1997
  • Taiwan
43min
Colour
  • Blu-Ray

The Kavalan: Past and Present

Synopsis

In the 1920s, a Kavalan family took refuge in Hualien. 70 years later, the filmmaker, a third-generation member of the family, embarked on a self-searching journey to recover his lost identity, producing the first documentary ever made by a Pingpu descendant. Through depiction of traditional Kavalan ceremonies and collective memories, the film asks us to recognise Pingpu peoples’ place in Taiwanese history, as well as their suffering and feelings of inferiority during years of forced migration.