Reviews 2007

Review: Mayaw Biho and the Indigenous Image Movement

Wen-ling LIN Associate Professor, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, National Chiao Tung University In addition to its spotlight on the American director Victor Masayesva, (a member of the Hopi Tribe) the 2007 Taiwan International Ethnographic Film Festival’s Director in Focus program will also highlight local talent. We are delighted…

Review:The Subversion of Imagination and Another Kind of Indigenous Voice: Imagining Indians(1992) and Water Land Life-H2opi Run to Mexico(2007) Victor Masayesva

Teng-yueh MA Adjunct Lecturer, Department of Anthropology, Fo Guang University In line with this year’s theme, Indigenous Voices, the 2007 Taiwan International Ethnographic Film Festival chose to include Native American director Victor Masayesva’s films “Imagining Indians” (1992) and “Water Land Life-H2opi Run to Mexico” (2007). Victor Masayesva is an extremely…

Review: Songs of Pastaay

The Making of Songs of Pasta’ay Tai-li HU Research Fellow, Institute of Ethnology, Academia Sinica This year’s Taiwan International Ethnographic Film Festival will show “Songs of Pasta’ay” together with Nobuto Miyamoto’s “Pas-taai — The Saisiyat Ceremony in 1936”, ingeniously bringing together two works that share the same topic, but were…

Review: Pas-taai – The Saisiyat Ceremony in 1936

A Time Capsule from the Last Century Pastaai — The Saisiyat Ceremony in 1936 Chia-Yu HU Department of Anthropology, National Taiwan University As we now live in an age of photography and mechanical reproduction, does that mean, as Walter Benjamin believed, that we are also entering an age when the…

Review: Dead Birds

Daw-Ming LEE Associate professor, Graduate School of Filmmaking, Taipei National University of the Arts Dead Birds—a classic work in early history of ethnographic film—is about the Dani, a people dwelling in the Grand Valley of the highlands of New Guinea. It was shot in 1961 by Robert Gardner, a famous…

Review: The Almighty New Vision of Mankind

Pei-Yi KUO Assistant Research Fellow, Institute of Ethnology, Academia Sinica Every year the Taiwan International Ethnographic Film Festival chooses non-mainstream ethnographic films produced in the past two or three years for the “New Vision” program. The films in this showcase are from different regions across the world, and each film…

Review: In Seek of Self and the Meaning of Life

Mei-hua LAN Associate Professor, Department of Ethnology, National Chen-Chi University Ching-hui LEE, City of Memories, 101 minutes, 2007. Chao-ti HO, The Gangster’s God, 49 minutes, 2006. Hsiu-mei LI, I Am in a Hand Puppet Troupe, 55 minutes, 2007. City of Memories, The Gangster’s God and I Am in a Hand…

Review: The Story of Nine Indigenous Voices

Tzu-ning LEE Chairperson, TIEFF Selection Committee / National Taiwan Museum 1.A Rainbow of Color At the beginning of this year, when we finally decided that “Indigenous Voices” would be the theme for the 2007 Taiwan International Ethnographic Film Festival, we had no idea from what angle and in what form…

Review: A Dynamic Taiwan, Indigenous Voices

Hung-Min TZENG Doctoral Student Graduate Institute of Anthropology National Taiwan University “Indigenous Voices” was selected as the theme for the 2007 Taiwan International Ethnographic Film Festival in hopes that indigenous films would offer local perspectives and give indigenous voices the chance to be heard, thereby encouraging reflection and dialog with…

Review: Falling through the Cracks: Wedged Between the Past, Present, and Future

Introduction to the Three Films from the Program “Formosa Aboriginal News Magazine” on Taiwan Indigenous TV in the 2007 Taiwan International Ethnographic Film Festival Cheng-liang TSAI Ph.D.Student The Institute of Anthropology, National Tsing Hua University Seeing is a simple enough concept, but seeing without understanding is not truly seeing, seeing…