Innovative Taiwan International Documentary Festival Sections Explore (post)Pandemic Era and Ee-interpretations of Archival Footage

The 2022 Taiwan Worldwide Documentary Pageant (Could 6 -15) devotes two of its iconic sections to filmmaking in pandemic occasions and to the inventive use of archival supplies in documentary. “Stranger than Documentary” and “DocuMemory”are long-running TIDF sections which have changed into doc movie buffs’ favorites for his or her explorative and avant-garde spirit and unconventional  programming.

13 distinctive new quick movies will likely be screened in “Stranger than Documentary: the Potential Future” to spotlight the dramatic influence that the Corona pandemic has had not solely on folks’s lives across the globe, but additionally on the themes, kinds, scope and manufacturing strategies of filmmaking. 

The chosen works replicate a large tableau of impressions, reflections, and modern filmmaking strategies in the course of the pandemic period, and span North America, Europe, the Philippines, Japan, China, and likewise Taiwan.  Because the pandemic has confined folks’s motion, filmmakers started to show to their non-public lives and every day routines. An excellent instance is internationally acclaimed Filipina director Adjani ARUMPAK’s new video essay Count (2020) that paperwork her working from dwelling, becoming a member of on-line conferences and her youngsters’ interactions in opposition to the somber backdrop of the struggle on medicine and the pandemic with their continuously rising loss of life tolls.

The part consists of a number of Asian and World Premieres, amongst them the work of younger Taiwanese director CHEN Chun-tien’s workChronicle of Nowhere (2021) which highlights a curiosity of Taiwan’s architectural historical past – the futuristic UFO-houses constructed within the Eighties in northern Taiwan. These buildings, now derelict and deserted, are witnesses of utopian desires of the previous, and likewise symbols of the futility of human endeavors.

One other outstanding work is Daïchi Saïto’s new movie earthearthearth (2021), the place the award-winning director takes audiences to the surroundings of the Andes in North America. Scored by the experimental musician Jason SHARP, the work is a hypnotic, sensory meditation on our earth.

After having explored the usage of re-enactment, sound and house in documentary earlier years, the 2022 “Documemory” part, titled “Malleable Docu/Memory: Archival/Found Footage and More”, revolves round the usage of archival footage in documentary. TIDF chosen 15 works, amongst them classical items and up to date productions, to indicate how filmmakers ingeniously remodel and provides new life to items of recollections which can be sealed in reels, pictures, digital information and different carriers. The movies cowl a variety of themes, from violence in opposition to ladies and persecution of indigenous peoples, to mockeries of nationalism and reflections on fashionable warfare, to the delicate explorations of intimate private recollections.

One of many highlights would be the first native screening of Jean-Luc GODARD and Jean-Pierre GORIN’s Letter to Jane (1972), one of many purest examples of minimalist political filmmaking. The cinematic essay is centered on a single {photograph}, an image of Jane FONDA on her go to to Hanoi in the course of the Vietnam Warfare. By way of a back-and forth fashion narration of a letter that they wrote on this topic, the movie regularly deconstructs the that means of the {photograph}.

One other must-see is figure by New York based mostly filmmaker and artist Invoice MORRISON who’s famed for combining uncommon archival materials set to modern music. He will likely be introduced together with his traditional work Decasia (2002) and his latest work Her violet kiss (2021).

Viewers may even have the prospect to look at Brazilian director Ana VAZ’s work Apiyemiyekî? (2019) that was screened on the 2020 Berlinale and Rotterdam IFF festivals. This cinematographic portrait begins out from an archive of over 3000 drawings made by the Waimiri-Atroari, a folks native to the Brazilian Amazon, throughout their first literacy course of, and sheds gentle on a collection of violent assaults in the course of the navy dictatorship.

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Full checklist of movies screened in Stranger than Documentary: the Potential Future and Malleable Docu/Reminiscence: Archival/Discovered Footage and Extra:

Stranger than Documentary: the Potential Future

I Want You Completely satisfied Moon Pageant – WANG Xiaolu|United States、China|2021
Blue Home – ZHANG Mengqi|China|2022
Depend – Adjani ARUMPAC|Philippines|2020
Usambara Violet p Aman WADHAN|Hungary、India|2020
off (I don’t know when to cease) – Erica SHEU|Taiwan、United States|2021
The Final Title of John Cage – Margaux GUILLEMARD|Netherlands|2020
What’s it that you just stated? = IKEZOE Shun|Japan|2021
Within the Title of Small Issues – Jen TARNATE|Philippines、Portugal|2021
earthearthearth – Daïchi Saïto|Canada|2021
Chronicle of Nowhere – CHEN Chun-tien|Taiwan|2021
VO – Nicolas GOURAULT|France|2020
Our Ark – Deniz TORTUM、Kathryn HAMILTON|Netherlands、United States|2021
Tracing Utopia – Catarina DE SOUSA、Nick TYSON|Portugal、United States|2021

Malleable Docu/Reminiscence: Archival/Discovered Footage and Extra

Mom Dao, the Turtlelike – Vincent MONNIKENDAM|Netherlands|1995
There Will Be No Extra Evening – Éléonore WEBER|France|2020
Based on China – WANG Wo|China|2010
Her Violet Kiss – Invoice MORRISON|United States|2021
Decasia – Invoice MORRISON|United States|2002
Nonetheless on My Thoughts – Jittarin WUTHIPHAN|Thailand|2020
I’m Attempting to Keep in mind – Pegah AHANGARANI|Iran、Czech Republic|2021
A Pigeon’s Tune – Eneos ÇARKA|Belgium|2021
Letter to Jane – Jean-Luc GODARD、Jean-Pierre Gorin|France|1972
A Quick Historical past – Erica SHEU|United States|2018
Dragooned – Sandy AMERIO|France|2012
Explanation for Dying – Jyoti MISTRY|South Africa、Austria|202
Apiyemiyekî? – Ana VAZ|Brazil、France、Netherlands、Portugal|2019
When the Sea Sends Forth a Forest – LIU Guangli|France|2020
Submit Trendy Korea – LEE Taewoong|South Korea|2021



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