2021 Schedule

Friday, October 1, 2021

Time: 18:00 / Duration: 65 minutes
Venue: Wonderful Theatre / ★Post-Screening Q&A
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Wings for Takasago Giyutai

This is a story about the descendants of Takasago Giyutai (Taiwan Indigenous volunteer units during the Pacific War) went back to the battle field of the Pacific War in Papua New Guinea following the footsteps of their grandfathers, and made a monument based on a legend of ‘Amis people who believe the soul would return home by taking the wings…

Time: 20:00 / Duration: 88 minutes
Venue: Wonderful Theatre / ◎Q&A Video
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Sound of Nomad: Koryo Arirang

Sound of Nomad: Koryo Arirang starts with a diva of a tragic family history related to a history of migration. The rare archival footage re-animates her history reverberating with the current world crisis. This is a testimonial – a witness to injustice and tragedy, but it is also a declaration of survival – a survival that is not static but…

Time: 22:00 / Duration: 75 minutes
Venue: Wonderful Theatre / ◎Q&A Video
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Soviet Hippies

A wild flower power ride on the footprints of the Soviet hippie movement take you into the psychedelic underground of 1970s. In search of freedom and happiness under the thumb of political regimes a colorful crowd of artists, musicians, freaks, vagabonds and other long-haired drop-outs created their own system in the Soviet Union. Years later, a group of eccentric hippies…

Saturday, October 2, 2021

Time: 10:00 / Duration: 118 minutes
Venue: Wonderful Theatre / ★Post-Screening Q&A
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Che’lu

The film, based on the concept and core idea of “tracing and finding,” and using the protagonist, Ronald ACFALLE’s dream of constructing a traditional canoe and sailing it to Taiwan as the main narrative, to unveil a period of time when the colonized Austronesian Che’lu (“Brothers” in CHamorro dialect) built and sailed canoes to the oceans, as a way to…

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The Republic of the Marshall Islands was once the testing site for some of the biggest nuclear weapons ever made by the United States. Today, the impacts of those tests are still felt by the people who call these islands home. Acclaimed Marshallese poet and activist, Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner, explores the nuclear testing legacy of her country through the legends and…

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Become a real human being

‘If school is the mandatory pathway for educating our children, then we need to change the curriculum.’-Yang Ping, teacher of Timur Elementary School Grade Four.

Director Sasuyu Ubalat recalled that all the education he had in his childhood was based on Chinese culture, similarly to the ‘stolen generation’ in Australia. The film explores the core values of Timur Experimental Elementary…

Time: 13:00 / Duration: 94 minutes
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TICS

Daniel, Marika and Leo have Tourettes. And they are fed up of being stigmatized by society and unsuccessful therapies. So they are traveling to the European far north – trying to find the place where they can be as they are.

Upon advice of neurologist Prof. Dr. Alexander Munchau, Leo, Marika and Daniel are visiting different Tourette research facilities in…

Time: 15:00 / Duration: 74 minutes
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The Body Won’t Close

Legend has it that the capoeira player Besouro Manganga summoned Bahia’s full magical power to seal his body from harm. Neither bullets nor knives could pierce his skin anymore. But his enemies knew that the act of love could remove this magical protection and so they sent him a beautiful woman. Even today, young men in Santo Amaro tell each…

Time: 16:40 / Duration: 162 minutes
Venue: Wonderful Theatre / ◎Q&A Video
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Atanarjuat The Fast Runner

At the dawn of the first millennium, the arrival of a mysterious shaman upsets the natural balance in a community of nomadic Inuit, resulting in the murder of the camp’s leader. Years later, power in the community begins to shift when the tribe’s two best hunters — the brothers Amaqjuaq, the Strong One (Pakak Innuksuk), and Atanarjuat, the Fast Runner…

Time: 19:50 / Duration: 62 minutes
Venue: Wonderful Theatre / ★Post-Screening Q&A
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Amis Hip Hop

Amis Hip Hop documents how a group of young Amis men in A’tolan have blended influences from contemporary social and cultural life in Taiwan with their traditional practice of ritual dance performance in the village. Rooted in the Amis ethos of respect for male age-grade organization, matrilineal affiliation, intimacy with the ocean, and appreciation of joking relationships, these young men…

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Lives and Deaths between Ebbs and Flows

The Amis people of the coastal areas have maintained a tightly knitted relationship with the ocean, and this co-existence helps both humans and the ocean to mutually define each other. An intertidal zone is such a place where the Amis people interact with the ocean. Between the ebb and flow of the tides, there is Masia’c, an Amis word used…

Time: 21:30 / Duration: 97 minutes
Venue: Wonderful Theatre / ◎Q&A Video
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Ophir

Ophir tells the story of an extraordinary indigenous revolution for life, land and culture, opening up the path for the creation of the world’s newest nation in Bougainville, Papua New Guinea. A poetic yet dramatic ode to the indelible thirst for freedom, culture and sovereignty; the film sheds light on the biggest conflict of the Pacific since WWII, revealing the…

Sunday, October 3, 2021

Time: 10:00 / Duration: 135 minutes
Venue: Wonderful Theatre / ◎Q&A Video
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A Pleasure, Comrades!

In 1975, Eduarda and Jose Rabaça came from Germany to Azambuja, Portugal. They registered intimate stories on sexuality and relationships with foreigners. Re-enacting these stories, the film will delve into the secrets of a rural country, grappling with the ghosts of its sexual liberation.

 

 

 

Time: 13:00 / Duration: 86 minutes
Venue: Wonderful Theatre / Taiwan Premiere
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Mu and the Vanishing World

Taiwan Premiere

Ever since fleeing Myanmar as a child, Mu, a young Kayan woman, lives confined as a refugee and tourist attraction in Thailand. Soon after she becomes a single teenage mother, the U.N. initiates a resettlement plan for the refugee camps along the Thai-Burma border which creates an opportunity for potentially tens of thousands of people to start new…

Time: 14:50 / Duration: 79 minutes
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Dope is Death

The story of how Dr. Mutulu Shakur, stepfather of Tupac Shakur, along with fellow Black Panthers and the Young Lords, combined community health with radical politics to create the first acupuncture detoxification program in America in 1973 – a visionary project eventually deemed too dangerous to exist in America.

 

Time: 16:30 / Duration: 75 minutes
Venue: Wonderful Theatre / ◎Q&A Video
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Americaville

Hidden among the mountains north of Beijing, a Wild West-themed gated community promises to deliver the American dream to its several thousand Chinese residents. In Americaville, Annie Liu escapes China’s increasingly uninhabitable capital city to pursue happiness, freedom, romance, and spiritual fulfillment in the town; only to find the American idyll harder to attain than what was promised to her.…

Time: 18:20 / Duration: 115 minutes
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Rez Metal

When Kyle Felter, the lead singer of I Don’t Konform sent out a demo album to Flemming Rasmussen, the Grammy Award-winner producer of Metallica, they never imagined themselves a few months later rehearsing with Rasmussen inside a hot hogan on a Navajo reservation before recording their debut album at the iconic Sweet Silence Studio in Denmark. While following I Don’t…

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The Bears on Pine Ridge

The Pine Ridge Indian Reservation (in South Dakota) declares a State of Emergency when youth suicide rates reach the highest levels in the country. A respected female elder leads the Oglala Sioux Tribe’s only suicide prevention team, while mentoring a group of suicide-survivor teenagers to find their voice, encouraging them to bring hope and awareness to the reservation.

 

Time: 20:40 / Duration: 125 minutes
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We Were SMART

We Were SMART tells the stories of China’s Sha-ma-te (referred to as SMART) subculture. Based on in-depth interviews with migrant workers born in the 1990s and 2000s, this documentary film explores why younger migrant workers began expressing themselves through punk hairstyles. The film focuses on their hometowns, educational backgrounds, destination cities, factory lives and spiritual world.

Monday, October 4, 2021

Time: 10:00 / Duration: 140 minutes
Venue: Wonderful Theatre / Taiwan Premiere
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Carving the Divine – Buddhist Sculptors of Japan

Taiwan Premiere

The documentary Carving the Divine offers a rare and intimate look into the life and artistic process of modern-day Busshi – practitioners of a 1400 year lineage of woodcarving that’s at the heart of Japanese, Mahayana Buddhism.

The story opens as Master Koun Seki, the former apprentice of renowned Busshi, Kourin Saito, interviews a candidate applying to be…

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Broken Gods

As India’s indigenous people join Hindu religious organisations, their gods are literally being broken. While conversion to Hinduism offers the allure of a better life, those who continue to follow their old ways have become ostracized by their communities. Their broken gods have lost the power to protect them from illness and scarcity.

 

Time: 13:00 / Duration: 88 minutes
Venue: Wonderful Theatre / Taiwan Premiere
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Wandering, a Rohingya Story

Taiwan Premiere

Within a few months, the Kutupalong refugee camp has become the biggest in the world. Out of sight, 700,000 people of the Rohingya Muslim minority fled Myanmar in 2017 to escape genocide and seek asylum in Bangladesh. Prisoners of a major yet little publicized humanitarian crisis, Kalam, Mohammad, Montas and other exiles want to make their voice heard.…

Time: 14:50 / Duration: 86 minutes
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Areum Married

While working on her first documentary film, director Areum meets a progressive party activist and a chef, Seongman, and gets married. After getting married, she takes Seongman with her to study in France, which she has long been preparing to do. In France, the only thing Seongman can do is housework. Not being able to read or speak the language…

Time: 16:40 / Duration: 87 minutes
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Samichay, In Search of Happiness

The highest peaks of the mountains rise above the clouds. Sometimes they seem to merge with the sky. There is no god and neither there is a devil. We are in the heights of the Peruvian Andes, more than 5000 meters above sea level, where Celestino, a peasant hermit, undertakes a healing journey with his cow Samichay, from the loneliness…

Time: 18:30 / Duration: 119 minutes
Venue: Wonderful Theatre / ★Post-Screening Q&A/ ◎Q&A Video
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Kacalisiyan-Singers from the Mountainsides

Flowing out from the spinning cassette tape, one after one, the melody of top tribal classics sway on the stage witnessing the golden days of Kaleskes Labaceken and Biung Isdanda as time goes by. In the whispering words of tribes, emotions are moved by the persistence of Cule.e Gaku to the old folk music. The forever-young music band of producer…

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The Mountains Sing

“Hawfwen”, a traditional gathering that once popular where the Zhuang people sing folk songs. It often takes place around the clan temples or under the old trees. Singers are divided into male and female groups. They improvised their lyrics to sing in correspondence with one another.

Traveling along the songs in antiphonal style, the camera has found different singers and…

Time: 21:00 / Duration: 87 minutes
Venue: Wonderful Theatre / ◎Q&A Video
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Hi, AI

The robots are at our doorstep. Scientists as well as tech-visionaries are certain that in a few years robots will be an integral part of our everyday life. But humanoid robots are more than just another gadget. Bearing a resemblance to living creatures in their conduct and looks, they are more like new beings on our planet. We are the…

Tuesday, October 5, 2021

Time: 10:00 / Duration: 100 minutes
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The Dulong River

The Dulong River is located in the northwest of China’s Yunnan Province,Every winter, the traffic between the Dulong River and the outside world is blocked by the heavy snow on Gaoligong Mountain,This situation will continue for half a year,During this half year, the Dulong River valley becomes an isolated island.

The Dulong people have lived here for generations,The Dulong are…

Time: 13:00 / Duration: 73 minutes
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Venue: Wonderful Theatre / ★Post-Screening Q&A
Time: 16:10 / Duration: 79 minutes
Venue: Wonderful Theatre / ★Post-Screening Q&A
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In Search of Rice Huller

A rice huller is used for rice hulling, its history can be traced from thousands of years ago.

The film begins with the time with no electricity. Back then, “Tu Long” were widely used. Then we visit the wooden rice mills which first appeared when there was electricity. And it ends with the modern rice mills built by technology and…

Time: 18:10 / Duration: 58 minutes
Venue: Wonderful Theatre / ★Post-Screening Q&A
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Still Alive

The island is a place to nurture people and the ocean is the route for outsiders. It all started when a Dutch merchant ship broke into Liuqiu Island offshore of Taiwan in 1622 and began the Dutch colonial plunder of Taiwan.

The Indigenous People Action Coalition of Taiwan acts like the assembly of the reunited back then. They are writing…

Time: 19:50 / Duration: 113 minutes
Venue: Wonderful Theatre / ◎Q&A Video
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One Day in the Life of Noah Piugattuk

In April 1961, John Kennedy is America’s new President, the Cold War heats up in Berlin and nuclear bombers are deployed from bases in arctic Canada. In Kapuivik, north Baffin Island, Noah Piugattuk’s nomadic Inuit band live and hunt by dog team as his ancestors did when he was born in 1900. When the white man known as Boss arrives…

Time: 22:10 / Duration: 54 minutes
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The Village Resists

What happens when your land is being claimed as event zone for the two biggest sport events of the planet? A question that applies to the Indigenous community of Aldeia Maracanã in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, as they face increased pressure ahead of the World Cup and the Olympic Games in Brazil. The Indigenous group lives right next to the…