Dreaming of Home – Marginal Tribe of the City

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At the intersection of Hsichih Shin-tai Rt. 5 and N. 2 highway is an aborigine village. The Amis from Huadong named this new home in Taipei “Huadong New Village.”

The youths came to the city from their hometown with dreams. At the margin where cities connect, they found place for temporary settlement. So they started their own family and lived on for a couple of years. The next generation grows, life becomes harder, and their dreams still seem unreachable.

It’s said that the “house fairies” lives and dies with the master. Once the master leaves, the fairies perish in the empty house. And without the fairies’ guarding, the straw houses back in Huadong slowly break down under the storms.

“Can’t get back!” The Amis lightly said.

Region of Origin

Year of Release

1997

Duration

24 minutes

Format

Betacam, Color

Directors

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Tsao Wen-Chieh

Born in 1963, TSAO received her Bachelor of Arts in Chinese Cultural University, and her Master Degree in Psychology from Fu Jen Catholic University. Since 1986, she has devoted herself to film making and directing TV programs, and has directed and produced a number of prize winning documentary films. Her “Please Come Home, My Boy” won the Second prize at the 1998 1st TIDF, “Master V.S. Master” won the prize of New York Film Festival. “A Random Life” granted the First Local Cultural Video Prize of Council for Cultural Affairs and selected for Margaret Mead Film Festival, New York. Her films have been shown in conferences and film festivals world-wide.