Alis’s Dreams

Cina Alis, 74, who now resides in Hucida Tribe in Kaohsiung in Taiwan, is one of the few Bunun natives who have refused to move into the prefabricated houses offered to them by the insensitive charity organizations for free. As a matter of fact, the tribe that Cina Alis belongs to has been evicted and placed to a new location on a total of six occasions by different authorities. Since 1939 while under the Japanese reign, their unwilling migration took off from their origins in the deep of the Central Mountains Range, and each time they moved they would settle closer to the lower mountain zone. But this time Cina Alis and her son will no longer concede to the deal to be forced to live on “other people’s land.” They are currently living in a town near Hucida, and they hope they’ll be able to come home one day…

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Salone Ishahavut

Salone Ishahavut is a documentary film maker of Taiwanese Bunun descent. She received her M.F.A. degree in Film, Video, New Media, and Animation Program from School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Her film projects have been favored by Golden Harvest Awards, Taiwan International Ethnographic Film Festival, WomenMakeWaves Film Festival. She has also received Excellent Screenplay award by Taiwan's Bureau of
Information. She has worked as a documentary playwright-director at Tatokem Culture Workshop and DaAi TV, as well as journalist at Taiwan Public Television.

Major filmography
2011 – Alis's Dreams (Director) – Golden Harvest Awards – Excellence Award
2008 – Hunting Heart: Lekal Makor (Screenplay) – Bureau of Information Excellent Screenplay Award
2006 – The Bear (16mm short, Director) – WomenMakeWaves Film Festival
2003 – Tawtawazay: the Most Popular Family Name (Director) – Aboriginal Documentary Competition, First Prize
2003 – Wuhaliton: Tears of the Moon (Director) – Taiwan International Ethnographic Film Festival
2001 – Until the End of the World (Director) – Aboriginal Documentary Competition, First Prize