With its acclaimed “Salute! Chinese Independent Documentaries” part, launched in 2014, the Taiwan Worldwide Documentary Competition (TIDF) has developed into an vital platform for Chinese language unbiased documentaries. This yr, the TIDF will display screen eight thrilling and really numerous movies, together with the Asian Premiere of CHAN Tze Woon’s Blue Island and the World Premiere of Crystal WONG’s The Grass is Greener on the Different Aspect. Each movies look again at Hong Kong’s destiny after the 2019 anti-ELAB motion and its aftermath.
Very otherwise, movies like Weiyena – The Lengthy March Residence and I Don’t Really feel at Residence Wherever Anymore, each by abroad Chinese language feminine administrators, discover household histories, the sentiments of alienation and nostalgia, and the seek for their identities. The part additionally contains robust works from younger Chinese language administrators that provide glimpses into Chinese language society. The World Premiere of LI Wei’s Silence within the Mud appears into the plight of Chinese language staff; The Burrows, an Asian Premiere, depicts a burial scene within the Chinese language countryside throughout the epidemic; No Want to Conceal presents an intimate view on a younger Chinese language couple’s personal life.
All these movies will likely be competing for the brand new cross-sectional TIDF Visionary Award which substitutes the previous Chinese language Documentary Award. 18 movies have been shortlisted for this new award which is able to present a stage at no cost, inventive filmmaking within the Chinese language-speaking world. The winners will likely be introduced on the 2022 TIDF Award Ceremony on Could 12.
Wanting on the destiny of Hong Kong after the resistance motion
Whereas documentaries like Revolution of Our Occasions, Contained in the Pink Brick Wall or Taking Again the Legislature chronicle the occasions of the Hong Kong resistant motion, director CHAN Tze Woon, who is thought for his movie Yellowing in regards to the Umbrella Motion, takes a special strategy in his new movie Blue Island by trying on the destiny of Hong Kong from its historic context. By way of documentary footage and reenactments, it explores the psychological journeys of frontline activists and remaining witnesses, and manages to weave a posh tapestry of this tumultuous period.
The Grass is Greener on the Other Side follows the political migration of Hong Kong individuals who left town after the anti-ELAB motion. The movie captures the confusion over their id, and the wrestle to interrupt free from a homeland that’s not welcoming. Director Crystal WONG emigrated a number of years in the past, however returned to Hong Kong in 2019 and documented the pro-democracy motion. Her movie is a mirrored image of how Hong Kong folks can persevere their id in exile and if there’s a place that they will name dwelling.
Documenting the change of occasions and reflecting in the present day’s Chinese language society
Younger director LI Wei whose movie Enclave was shortlisted for the 2016 TIDF Asian Imaginative and prescient Competitors, is again to the TIDF with the World Premiere of Silence in the Dust. The movie describes the troublesome lifetime of a three-generation household within the mountains of southwest China, the place the breadwinner of the household was identified with lethal pneumoconiosis as a result of poor working circumstances within the quartz powder manufacturing facility. By way of the eyes of a kid, the movie depicts the plight and cruelty of lifetime of underprivileged folks in China.
One other director who was featured in a earlier version of the TIDF is HU Sanshou. He had entered the 2018 Asian Imaginative and prescient Competitors along with his movie Dumb Males, and was profitable once more this yr along with his new work The Burrows, an Asian premiere at TIDF. The movie chronicles his grandparents’ development of their very own grave on a hillside in rural Shaanxi throughout the epidemic. Interspersed with private recollections and philosophical reflections, it regularly unveils the non secular world of the hometown and presents a meditation on existence itself.
Chinese language unbiased filmmaker ZHU Rikun’s new movie No Desire to Hide chronicles the every day lives of controversial filmmaker WU Haohao and his girlfriend GE Ningning, who’ve agreed to take care of an open relationship. Nevertheless, their differing views typically lead them into disputes. By way of extraordinarily shut and unconcealed pictures, the movie reveals the souls and needs of the 2 folks in battle, and in addition displays the mentalities of the younger technology in modern China.
Entanglements of Private Life and Historical past
Additionally chosen for the Worldwide Competitors, Weiyena – The Long March Home is an autobiographical work by Weina ZHAO, telling a narrative of a younger abroad Chinese language who traces her origins and household historical past. The journey then leads her into the buried recollections, traumas of the Cultural Revolution, and Chinese language movie historical past, which made her lastly notice how historical past has scarred a number of generations of her household and different abroad Chinese language.
One other work by an abroad Chinese language feminine director is I Don’t Feel at Home Anywhere Anymore. It’s a personalised video essay by which director Viv LI, who left China greater than ten years in the past, returns to Beijing for a brief household go to, however finds herself unable to combine into their lives. She tries to seize the nostalgic recollections, nevertheless it solely leaves her with emotions of discomfort and alienation.
Pink Mao, which entered the Asian Imaginative and prescient Competitors, revolves round a 100 RMB banknote with its Mao Zedong portrait. Taking the historical past of this invoice as a place to begin, director TANG Han contextualizes and discusses the illustration of the Mao-portrait on the banknotes and the disaster it’s experiencing within the digital age. By exploring the perceptions of colour, the movie additionally casually challenges entrenched notions about digitalization, globalization, capitalism and gender.
New “TIDF Visionary Award” Responds to Present Tendencies
With this yr’s version of the competition, the TIDF redefined its cross-sectional “Chinese language Documentary Award” as “TIDF Visionary Award”. With this new award, the competition hopes to interrupt down the boundaries of language, ethnicity and area, and supply a stage at no cost creativity in an more and more difficult and fragmented Chinese language-speaking world.
The 18 movies shortlisted for TIDF Visionary Award award are listed beneath. The winners will likely be introduced on the award ceremony on Could 12.
TANG Han│Germany, China
Okay’s Room – The Creation and Destruction of the World
Rain in 2020
LEE Yong-chao│Taiwan, Myanmar
I Don’t Really feel at Residence Wherever Anymore
Viv LI│Belgium, China
The Making of Crime Scenes
HSU Che-yu│France, Taiwan
Keep in mind Me
No Want to Conceal
The Grass is Greener on the Different Aspect
Crystal WONG│Hong Kong, United Kingdom
Style of Wild Tomato
Kaohsiung Metropolis, Yancheng District, Fubei Rd., No.31
The Fortunate Girl
HSU Che-chia│Taiwan, Japan, South Korea
HUANG Yin-yu│Taiwan, Japan, France
Silence within the Mud
LI Wei│Singapore, France, United States, China
Weiyena – The Lengthy March Residence
Weina ZHAO, Judith BENEDIKT│Austria
CHAN Tze Woon│ Hong Kong, Japan, Taiwan
The thirteenth TIDF will likely be held from Could 6 to fifteen 2022 on the Taiwan Movie and Audiovisual Institute, SPOT Huashan, Vie Present Cinemas Taipei Qsquare, and the C-LAB. The full line-up of 188 movies has already been introduced. For additional particulars, please examine the TIDF website.