Reviews 2017

Review: Dialogue Among Tribes

Brian Hioe Editor at New Bloom, where this review first appeared. The documentary “Dialogue Among Tribes” provides a look at the lives of Taiwanese indigenous laborers. Composed of vignettes drawn from a series of indigenous men that grew up after the KMT came to Taiwan, including the father of director…

Review: Path of Destiny

Brian Hioe Editor at New Bloom, where this review first appeared. Yang Chun-Kai’s “Path of Destiny” (不得不上路) would be a deft evocation of the challenges facing preservation of indigenous tradition in Taiwan. Namely, even in those rare cases in which young people actively aim to participate in traditions which may…

Review: The Woods Dreams are Made of

DJ W. Hatfield
 Associate Professor of History and Anthropology
 Berklee College of Music On Places of Public Dreaming: Claire Simon’s The Woods Dreams are Made of In his 1983 novel Crystal Boys 《孽子》Pai Hsien-Yong 白先勇 described Taipei’s New Park as “our hidden kingdom in darkness” 「我們黑暗王國」— at night, with the…

Review: The Third Shore

Dr. Teri J. Silvio Institute of Ethnology Academia Sinica “When I’m here, I miss there; when I’m there I miss here.” The Third Shore is a fascinating film in which the relationships among culture, history, and personal identity are explored. Concrete objects take on layers of significance, and the answer…

Review: Faber Navalis

Gabriele de Seta Faber Navalis is a movie about the embodied craftiness of boat-making. In the mobile camera-eye of Maurizio Borriello, the film-maker is also the faber navalis or ‘maker of ships’, at the same time director and directed, both silent artisan and self-aware documentarist. Condensed in thirty minutes of…