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April 20, 2013

Dynamic Taiwan in Film

Program sponsored by the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office, Boston

Free Screening
Saturday April 20 at 1pm

A Year in the Clouds

Directed by Dean Johnson and Frank Smith
Taiwan 2011, digital video, color, 90 min

High in the mountains of Taiwan lies 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 documentary witnesses every part of the lives of these people over the course of one year in the sacred forests of this tribe.

Go Grandriders! (Bu lao ji shi)

Directed by Hua Tien-hao
Taiwan 2012, digital video, color, 80 min

This documentary follows a group of 17 octogenarians as they prepare for a road trip across Taiwan—on scooters. The trip itself elicits reflections from most of the diverse group on both their individual lives and on Taiwan's turbulent history, from Japanese occupation and civil war on the mainland to martial law and the Cold War, and on to the island's rapid modernization and economic development over the past decades.

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