TIDF x DAFilms Extended Online Theatre II ─ Taiwan Spectrum: Personal Cinema of Female Directors

In Taiwan, with the decreasing weight of filming equipment and the opening of related academic institutions, the mid-1990s saw the emergence of more personal documentaries that turned the lens toward the filmmakers themselves or their close family members, and a lot of them were directed by female directors. This year, along with Taiwan Docs, TIDF presented the acclaimed ‘Taiwan Spectrum’ section with a retrospective of female filmmaking in Taiwan, titled ‘Triviality that Speaks Volumes: Personal Cinema of Female Directors Since the 1990s.’ 

With self-reflective tone, the selection of 12 films in this programme attempts to re-examine how the idea of ‘the personal is political’ was realised through documentary practice through contemplating on the idea of the female body, desire, emotions, family, adolescence, pregnancy and menstruation, while unveiling various types of restraints imposed on women by the society. Also, it’s worthy of mention that some of the short films are handpicked from the ‘Ebbs of Mothers, Flows of Daughters,’ programme curated by experimental artist WU Tzu-an which navigates another path for the audience to see on how women directors interpret their emotions and experiences through an innovative visual language.


FREE streaming from November 7th to 20th
Two week duration limited & accessible worldwide
The duration of this program is based on the Central European Time (UTC+2).
Non-English Speaking films are with English subtitles. ​

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Full Lineup:

My Homework, Spectrum of NostalgiaAvoiding Vision, Bloody WordsThe River

Hard Good LifeHard Good Life 2

  • Ebbs of Mothers, Flows of Daughters

Transcript (the other version)Emulsion Connection, Sucker’s Love

 The IslandsHow Old Are You? How Old Were You?


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