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Text Box: 2013
Taiwan
Film
Festival

Delaware Art Museum
September 8, 15, 22


Text Box: Film Schedule


Sunday, September 8:
1:00 p.m.	Opening remarks by Taini Hsu, Executive Director, Hanlin Chinese Culture Association
1:15 p.m. 	Warriors of the Rainbow: Seediq Bale (2011, 150 minutes). Director: Wei Te-Sheng
The epic film ( 賽德克・巴萊 ) offers a unique retelling of an extraordinary and little-known episode from 20th-century history: between 1895 and 1945, Taiwan was a Japanese colony inhabited by both Han Chinese immigrants and the remnants of the aboriginal tribes who first settled the land. In 1930 Mouna Rudo, the leader of one of these Seediq tribes, forged a coalition with other Seediq tribal heads and plotted a rebellion against their Japanese colonial masters. 
This epic film was among the nine films short listed as contenders for the best foreign language film at the Oscar Academy Awards in 2011 competed with the winner of the year - A Separation.  It is the only East Asian film to make it this far for the award beside Ang Lee's Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.  The film is directed by Wei Te-Sheng, who made the blockbuster debut  feature Cape No. 7 a few years ago.  It is produced by the action film guru, John Woo, who directed and produced action sequences in movies like Face/Off and Mission Impossible that are still hard to surpass.  This film was nominated for Golden Lion award in Venice film festival and won the best film for Taiwan's Golden Horse award.

Sunday, September 15:
1:00 p.m. 	Money and Honey (2011, 96 minutes). Director: Jasmine Lee Ching Hui
Money and Honey intimately portray the lives of Filipino migrant workers and the elders in a nursing home in Taipei. On this foreign island, the female caregivers look after the ageing residents. In the flow of life, stories of joy and sorrow take place. What's the price they pay for love and bread? Will their dreams ever come true? 
2:45 pm 	Taiwanese Opera Maestro in Taiwan: Liao Chiung chih (2011, 45 min). Director: Fu Chi Chung
This documentary tells the story of the famous opera actress Liao, who won the National Cultural Award of the ROC (Taiwan) – the highest award given to those who have made extraordinary contributions in arts and cultural fields.

Sunday, September 22:

1:00 pm 	A Year in the Clouds (2011, 90 minutes). Directors: Dean Johnson and Frank Smith
High in the mountains of Taiwan, is the remote village of Smangus. Inhabited by a unique group of indigenous people called the Tayal, Smangus is the only place in Taiwan that now practices common ownership of land and property. This is a place where nature and man have found balance. The film, directed by British directors Dean Johnson and Frank Smith, shows the different kind of dignity and attitude toward life displayed by traditional indigenous people when they encounter modern civilization.
2:45 p.m. 	Ebb and Flow (2011, 60 minutes). Director: Ke Chin-Yuan
The International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) once considered the expansive tidal flats connecting the Dadu and Zhuoshui River estuaries in southeastern Taiwan as one of Asia’s most significant wetland areas. This area was once one of Taiwan’s most important bird habitats as well. But the passage of time has increasingly distanced local fishing villages from the sea and its sustenance.

All films are free to the public and will be shown in the DuPont Auditorium


Co-sponsors

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.