The Second Spring of the Strait

兩岸第二春

Hong Shu-mian was born in Weitou, Fujian Province of the People’s Republic of China in 1949 and served in the Red Guard. Lu Shui-tong was born in Kinmen , Fujian Province of the Republic of China in 1937 and served as a naval intelligence officer.

Before coming to Kinmen’s 8/23 Bombing War Victory Memorial, this widow from Xiamen and this widower from Kinmen still argued over the circumstances of the war: as to say which side truly initiated the war and which side suffered the most tragic losses? Then they strode past the political barriers built between the two countries’ shores and passed into a new life together.

Heavenly Peace in Small Town

A warm small town named Tung-Shih where live a crowed of brave people goes very hardly through the disaster of big earthquake on 21st September in 1999.It’s possible to chose or not to remember or forget all about the deep sorrows, disaster details and tears. Hi violin-playing boy! Do you know your music has spread all the ruins of small town and into everyone’s heart. Then the houses are rebuilt, the iron shop is replacing it’s commercial plate and the mountain fruit fields are arranged.
It is no worries because the turnip cakes are made for the festival and will be putting into the steaming basket. It is easy because the veteran is chatting joyfully about his bride in Mainland China and reciting the letter from her. It’s sweet because the one-hundred-year-old grandma is holding your hands tight to wish you well and happy. Now you realize you will get more once when you have lost. Let’s cross fingers and pray to God for heavenly peace from generation to generation.

And Deliver Us From Evil

According to the Yami (Tao) people of Orchid Island, evil spirits possess the sick. Because of this belief, the sick are seen as inauspicious, and are avoided. Many sick people become isolated and do not receive any form of medical care. This situation is particularly acute with people suffering chronic illness or among the elderly.

The director of “And Deliver Us from Evil,” Chang Shu-lan, is a native of Orchid Island, were she works as a nurse. In 1997, she initiated a program for house bound elderly people. She recruited volunteers to bathe, feed, and provide basic medical care for them. Because of the stigma attached to working with the sick, Chang decided to work through the local church, to some extent bypassing local tradition. In the three years that the program has been operating, Chang has recruited some 40 volunteers, who provide a regular service of visits to the elderly. The conflict between traditional beliefs and the need to care for isolated old people sometimes flares up, as in the case of one volunteer who works for the program against her husband’s wishes. Volunteers must deal with considerable social pressure while doing their difficult work.

After taking a course in filmmaking, this is Chang’s first documentary. With her own involvement in the volunteer work and her understanding of the issues and people, the work powerfully faces the dilemma in which traditional values are brought up against compassion.

Libangbang: Ching-Wen’s not Home

This is the story of Ching-Wen and his family.

Building a house on their island for his parents has been Ching-wen’s long time wish. But before he could finish constructing the house, they ran out of money. So now he has to leave his home, Orchid Island (Lanyu) and return to Taiwan to make more money. The film phrases reflection with the young man’s father, his two younger brothers, his uncle, his mother, all of whom have a few things to say about him.

Rayon

飛魚季

The Tao people believe flying fish to be a gift bestowed by the heavens. In February or March when the flying fish arrive near the coast, the Tao tribal groups carries out “flying fish summoning ceremonies” to call the fish back to their shores: “Come on back flying fish. Come back to our bay. When you get here we’ll welcome you with chicken blood and burn offerings.” This is an ancient agreement between the flying fish and the Tao people. The fish and the Tao both abide by the ancient, long-standing pledge that governs the return of the fish and the peoples’ expectations. From this sacred belief to their diligent labor, the Tao peoples’ lives portray and practice humility and sincerity with regard to heaven, the earth, and the sea. The songs of the changing seasons are altered slightly with the passing of one generation of Tao to the next. This paradigm of man and nature together exists at the heart of this song that sounds like the winds wafting and waves rising.