Farmers in the City

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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. In addition to dealing with natural forces such as typhoons and earthquakes, A-Lang has faces capitalist acquisition, illegal dumping of waste, dust from incinerators, and the increasing conflict between agriculture and tourism… none of these is recorded on his lunar calendar. All he can do is stand and watch his land being gradually devoured by this city.

Buddha’s Sons

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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 that—like any other children—they carry the collective hopes of their families and those of their teachers.

62 Years and 6500 Miles Between

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Struck by the difference between the political apathy of American youth and the exhilarating momentum of Taiwan’s social and political movements, the filmmaker navigates cultural, geographical and linguistic distances in search of wisdom and hope from her 100 year-old Taiwanese activist grandmother.

The filmmaker interviews her grandmother and people her knew her, just before her grandmother enters a full-care facility. The film explores the filmmaker’s discovery of her grandmother’s political sensibilities. As the film progresses, we hear history being told from various perspectives.

Kimbo in a Flash

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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 his first album: In a Flash.

Trakis na bnkis

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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 to collect relevant documents and research, interview tribal elders, and join in millet ceremonies held by the elders in the traditional way. Their devoted participation aims to restore the millet tradition as well as its honor. Although each step of the reconstruction is difficult, Watan believes that each footprint they left on the path will become a fertile ground for regeneration.