‘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 School. From the close relationships and developments between teachers, parents and students, we see the importance of the revival of ethnic languages and ethnic education. In a difficult time where the elders are ageing and ethnic cultures are rapidly disappearing, Timur Experimental Elementary School still strives to develop its own ethnic curriculum for the modern educational environment.
Indigenous peoples have been affected by cultural, educational, industrial, land disputes, and other incidents in various parts of Taiwan.
Considering the fact that he belongs to the Indigenous people, he has become an independent film maker.
Indigenous people are the focus of the director’s film, and he uses images to speak for indigenous people, while also narrating his own stories from the perspective of indigenous people.