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Canít Live without You

Orz Boyz

Canít live without you, 2009, 85 minutes, director: Leon Dai

 

This feature film is based on a true story of a single father trying his best to fight the social system to keep his daughter after his wife left them.† Director Leon Dai shot the film in stylish black and white, almost like a documentary, to create the subtle mood for a compiling, heart-breaking story.† it tells an ordinary father, who is dire poor and often unemployed, living in an abandoned warehouse near the shipyard.† In order to make a living, he sometimes will take on risky odd jobs under the water to fix propellers of ships while her daughter anxiously waiting on the boat for her father to submerge. When he tries to do the right thing to enroll his daughter for schooling, the government decides it is in the child's best interest to remove her from his care. But the bond between the father and daughter are so strong, thus begin their journey to go through every channel to fight the system that will separate them. It is a film that will provoke your thought. Director Dai has constructed a well rounded film with insightful emotional climates to lead audiences to the end.† This film is Taiwan's official entry into the 2010 Academy awards for the best foreign language film, one of 65 films in consideration. It won the best picture, best director, best actor, and original screenplay of Golden Horse Award in 2009 - the Oscar equivalent in Taiwan and numerous international film festival awards.

Orz Boyz, 2008, 114 minutes, director: Yang Ya-che

Orz Boyz is a charming coming of age movie about two boys, liar No. 1 and liar No. 2 (as their teacher called them), concocting innocence mischief after mischief in school and around the neighborhood in order to escape the harsh reality of their lives.† Liar No. 1 is from a broken family where his mother either left or died when he was young and his father become heart-broken mental since.† Liar No. 2 is abandoned by his parents and forced to live with his grandmother who really does not welcome him.† They create their own imaginary land and fairy tales. They truly believe that if they go down the water slide a hundred times, they can be ejected to a different dimension and become adult.† When they start to save money for the water park, it puts their friendship and trust into test.† The excellent performance and innocence view point of the children make the movie irresistible to watch.† This is a directorial debut of writer/director Yang Ya-che.††

My fancy high heels, 2010, 56 minutes, director: Chaoti Ho

 

Filmed over two years, director Ho traces the footsteps of a pair of name brand high-heeled shoes costing anywhere from $300-$1000,† from the streets of Manhattan to the border of China and Russia to see what it takes to make one.† How many people's hands do these shoes pass through?† From the farming woman who tends the cattle, the workers that leave their home town to work in the factory assembly-line at the southern border of China, the manager of the manufacture firm, and the wealthy woman in New York who buys them, the film adopts their dreams as its central theme, and reveals the stories that lie behind a pair of beautiful high heel shoes.† The dreams of all these people reveal the disparities in their positions in life and it also takes a closer look at the cruel realities of the slaughterhouse where the skin is harvested.

Savor the Flavors of Taiwan, 26 minutes, 2010 produced by Government Information Office in Taiwan

 

Taiwanís rich and diverse culinary culture is famous for its delicate balance of presentation, aroma and flavor.† With people from all over China followed the Chiang Kai-Shek regime to the island, they brought many cuisines with different ethnicity which become a unique culinary culture of Taiwan.† This short film introduces the basic culinary techniques range from steaming, boiling, stir frying, deep frying, pan frying to instant boiling, simmering, braising, roasting and stewing.† It explores the gourmets in the night markets, various style of hotpots, beef noodle soups, and hundred year old recipe of Dan-Dan noodle.

Inside: the Emperorís Treasure(National Geographic), 60 minutes, 2008, directed by Jonathan Schutz

The world renowned National Palace Museum in Taiwan is home to one of the Worldís greatest Chinese art collection, including more than 600,000 piece of the priceless imperial Chinese treasure. This National Geographic documentary, The Emperorís Treasure, takes viewers, for the first time, on an amazing journey into the secret imperial treasure trove at the National Palace Museum in Taiwan. It features the story of a Chinese emperorís ambitious art collection, the courage of the people who protected it from destruction during the two wars and the technology used to preserve the masterpieces for future generation.††

Natural Formosa, 60 minutes, produced by Public Television Service, Taiwan

 

According to legend, King Solomon had a ring which enabled him to converse with animals.† It is believed that a similar type of magic ring can be found on the island of Taiwan.

 

Natural Formosa is a film that seeks out and documents those who wear such a magical ring.† Its subjects include scientists, teachers, volunteer workers, and ordinary people. Natural Formosa contains heart-warming stories of their close relationship with the natural environment.† From the corals beneath the sea to the highest peak on Jade Mountain, the crew has travelled extensively over Taiwan during 18 month of filming, all in an attempt to observe Nature at work and to experience first-hand the rhythm and soul of Nature.

 

This documentary captures the beauty of the mountains and rivers in Taiwan, including sunrise at Jade Mountain, the historic trail at Patungkuan, Kueishan Island, Lanyu, and Chilan Mountain. While narrating the harmonious and symbiotic relationship between man and Nature, the film presents the sights and sound of several beautiful scenic spots in excellent high-definition cinematography and it details the geological birth of the island.

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This program is made possible, in part, by a grant from the Delaware Division of the Arts, a state agency dedicated to nurturing and supporting the arts in Delaware, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts. 

 

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