Hanlin Chinese Culture Association
Delaware Art Museum
September 9, 16, 30
Sunday, September 9
Opening Remarks 12:45pm
Bird Without Borders, 2009 1:00pm
Directed by Dean Johnson (60 minutes)
Found only in the last few pockets of wilderness along East Asia’s rugged coastline, the black-faced spoonbill is the only spoonbill currently regarded as endangered. For the very first time, this magnificent 2,000 kilometers migration has been captured on video, from its wintering grounds in Taiwan, across coastal mainland China and the Yellow Sea, to the demilitarized zone between North and South Korea—finally reaching the bird’s annual breeding ground. The film reveals group of dedicated scientists and conservationists who are divided by these borders but share one common goal—the conservation and protection of this endangered species and their last remaining habitats.
Birds Without Borders won the Earth Vision Tokyo Global Environmental Film Festival's Special Prize for Biodiversity and the WorldFest Houston International Film Festival's Gold Remi Award for Television and Cable Productions, Nature/Wildlife category.
My Fancy High Heels, 2010 2:15pm
Directed by Chaoti Ho (56 minutes)
This documentary is centered on globalization and humanity. The story tells the process of manufacturing a pair of high heels. From the upstream slaughter house, through the assembly line in the contract manufacturing firm, to the downstream fashion store in Manhattan NYC, the fashion capital, this kind of procedure has been rarely noticed but is truly a story full of compassion. Taiwanese director Chao-ti Ho is professional in dealing with story-telling technique and unique in camera shooting. In this film, there are plenty of moments of calm and quiet, which narrate both happiness and sadness. It is like a poem floating amidst the affairs of the world.
Sunday, September 16
Let the Wind Carry Me, 2009 1:00pm
Directed by Hsiu-Chiung Chiang & Pun-Leung Kwan (90 minutes)
He’s always on the road. Running at 24 frames per second, that’s the pace of Mark Lee. Instead of wings, he travels with his eyes and his heart, chasing the fleeting lights and colors, transforming them into visions of film directors, or voices within every audience. We followed the flickering of his footprints, gathering the fragments lost between frames, discovering the passion he gave to the Taiwanese cinema.
In the end, it’s not just his light or shadow that touches us. It’s also the wind and the people. And more, the way back home after walking out the movie theatre, that resonate from within.
Sunday, September 30
The Song of
Cha-Tian Mountain, 2007 1:00pm
Directed by Huang Yu Shan (107 minutes)
Adapted from the same-titled novel by renowned writer Chung Chao Cheng, The Song of Cha-Tian Mountain takes place at the end of WWII, when Taiwan was still under Japanese occupation. It depicts the intellectual tyranny of the occupiers and the way that educated persons resisted the war. The entire film is shot in the mountain area of north Taiwan, and it shows the more intimate side of human nature with great subtlety, emotionally understated but full of a humanistic spirit.
Q & A with Director Huang Yu Shan 3:00pm
Delaware Art Museum
Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office in the US
Taipei Cultural Center of TECO in New York
Oversea Compatriot Affairs Commission, Taiwan
This program is made possible, in part, by grants 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.
All films are free to the public and will be shown in the DuPont Auditorium