TIEFF 2005

Hey Jimmy

Hey Jimmy is a short documentary about ‘Black Jimmy,’ a black Taiwanese drag queen. The piece considers the socio-cultural complexities of the protagonist’s mixed parentage. A contemporary urban narrative, the documentary incorporates animation to create affectionately comical insight.

Scars on Memory

Scars on Memory is Taiwanese queer documantarian Mickey Chen’s soothing and melancholy epilogue to his queer trilogy, which includes the famous Boys for Beauty (1999) and the controversial documentary on lesbian relationships Memorandum on Happiness(2003).

A Joking Relationship

This film depicts a moment of flirtation in a joking relationship between N!ai, the young wife of Gunda, and her great uncle, Tik!kay, under the shade of a big tree. Through the lens, the director of this film leads the audience to ponder on the possible relationships between the two sexes. The flirtation between the protagonists, indeed, is based on

A Kalahari Family: Part II. End of the Road

John Marshall is reunited with Toma’s family in 1978. Like the majority of Ju/’hoansi, they have settled at Tjum!kui, an administrative post run by the South African government. They came looking for water, jobs and an easier life, but found poverty, malnutrition and violence. Desperate for a more stable existence, the family heads back to their traditional water hole, /Aotcha,

A Kalahari Family: Part I.A Far Country

A Kalahari Family is a five-part, six-hour series documenting 50 years in the lives of the Ju/’hoansi of southern Africa, from 1951 to 2000. These once independent hunter-gatherers experience dispossession, confinement to a homeland, and the chaos of war. Then, as hope for Namibian independence and the end of apartheid grows, the Ju/’hoansi fight to establish farming communities and reclaim

They Came From Overseas to Make a Home

In December 7th, 2003, the first nationwide organization of “foreign brides,” the Taiwan Southern Asia-Pacific Sisterhood, was established. The association calls for foreign sisters to actively interact with their local communities throughout the island.

Shei-Ting and Her Song

The protagonist of this film, Shei-Ting, is a Hakka woman from Songkou Township, Meichow City, in mainland China. When she was 27, she met Mr. Chen, from Meinong, who was visiting China to look over prospective brides.Despite her entire family’s disagreement, Shei-Ting decided to marry him and emigrate to Taiwan.

A Hospice in Amsterdam

At the end of Van Goghstraat in Amsterdam is the Veerhuis. A normal residential house in a normal urban area, where children play outside the front door. But people come to the Veerhuis to die. Together with family and friends, they temporarily create their own surroundings. An important fundamental of this “just-like home” ethos is offering personal care based on

Easy Life

Are we 100% male or female? Jonas (35) knows he is neither. Does it matter? Jonas was once a woman but now spends 17 hours a week in the gym and loves how masculine it makes him look. This is what he wants, but he doesn’t know why. He wants an easy life, but he has to make some difficult

Buddha’s Sons

Himalayan children, barely of school age, are sent to Buddhist monasteries to apprentice as young lamas. This film takes us along on the journey of three such children through daily rituals, games, a scripture contest, and festival preparations. On a winter holiday break, they return home and reunite with their families. Through the rare glimpse of this homecoming we see

迢迢和解路

本片紀錄了2002年在印度西部Gujarat省因政治和宗教理念相左而引發的大屠殺事件,深入探討仇恨的政治;將之與1930年代德國納粹種族淨化的意識型態相比較,以點出種族仇恨歷史事件重演的盲點,進而申張反仇恨/暴力的理念。

Kimbo in a Flash

Kimbo Hu, called “the godfather of aboriginal folk songs,” is a pioneer of the folk music movement. When Taiwan’s democratization movement was at its height, he sang about the unfair treatment which the aboriginal peoples have suffered. Today, as the aboriginal movement seems to be at an end , Kimbo Hu has returned to his life as a singer, releasing

Trakis na bnkis

Baunay Watan enthusiastically traces his Atayal ancestors’ trail, with the help of the elders of Mepenox and some young cultural workers. They successfully revive an old convention, which had disappeared from daily life for 45 years — the ceremonies of the millet-growing cycle, and the wisdom that comes from people, nature, and local customs working together. They spare no efforts

The Solicitude for the Takasago Volunteer

This is a story that has been forgotten by many of us, but not by Mr. Tomohide Kadowaki, President of Japan’s Akebono Association, who has devoted his life to taking care of the Takasago Volunteers, Taiwanese aboriginal men [were they from a specific tribe or village?] who were drafted into [or volunteered for? ] the Japanese Imperial Army during World

The Story of Wai San Din Alluvion

Wai San Ding Island, an isolated sandbar off the west coast of Taiwan, has already drifted from the coast of Yunlin County to Chiayi County. The film documents the changes of Wai San Ding Island, and is narrated by the director in the first-person. The film consists of four parts and documents the daily life of the people whose lives

Stone Dream

This film touches on the sensitive issues of national and ethnic identity in Taiwan. In 1965, Chen Yao-Chi directed the first objective Taiwanese documentary, Liu Pi-Chia. The main character, Liu Pi-Chia, was press-ganged into the Nationalist army in the 1940s in China, and came over to Taiwan with President Chiang Kai-Shek. After several decades, we unexpectedly met Liu in a

Farmers in the City

The Guan-Du Plain is the largest agricultural district within Taipei city, covering hundreds of hectares. A-Lang and his wife, who come from Ping-dong, own and farm on one-third of the plain. However, they profit nothing from the extent of their land and its proximity to the city. Rather, they fall the first prey to the disasters brought by commercial development.

Bride Kidnapping in Kyrgyzstan

When a Kyrgyz man decides to marry, he often abducts the woman he has chosen. Typically, he takes several friends, hires a car, stakes out his bride-to-be’s movements, and snatches her off the street. The woman is taken to the groom’s family home.

The Memoirs of Bindute Da

In the village of Vourbira, in the Lobi country, Burkina Faso, people celebrate the second funerals of Bindute Da. Outstanding cultural and historical event, the ceremony is, beside the unchanging rituals, the scene of a collective improvisation, final meeting between past and present. In order to welcome the deceased, each of his nineteen wives prepares sorghobeer in large jars because