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Zhi Yue Ji

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The documentary film about the Taipei's historic Longshan Temple which sits in the midst of a crowded working class area of Taipei, filled with a diverse mix of the old and the new, with cheap good food, aging prostitutes, and places to just hang out and have a smoke and exist.
DVD
2006; 2002
Clemons (Stacks)
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Liu Li San Dao

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Silent delta: This film moves from black and white to color cinematography, with Shen using a modernist soundtrack and striking visuals to evoke the island's natural habitat. Who's fishing?: The island of Diaoyutai is part of a long running political and diplomatic dispute between Taiwan, China, and Japan which started back in 1968 when a survey found a potential oil field in the East China Sea. The director seeks to clarify issues of the island's ownership and let the audience see the damage that has been done. Libangbang Ching-Wen's not home: The earlier of the two parts to this film was shot while the director was visiting Ching-Wen, who at the time was rebuilding a home of his parents. The later part was filmed when the director revisited the Orchid Island. This time, however, Ch [...]
DVD
2006; 2000
Clemons (Stacks)
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Yan

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Life continued: The film is taken inside the director's household. We are witnesses to his pregnant wife's strength and perseverance as she deals with pregnancy and the same time continues her daily routines of going to work, running errands, and interacting with her father-in-law. Newborn baby: The second part of film covers the time from the birth of the baby until its first birthday. There is an implied contrast between the rhythms of ordinary life and the restrictions in society during the Martial law era in Taiwan. The political atmosphere indirectly affects how people behave and how conversations are carried on as people go about their daily routines.
DVD
2006; 1966
Clemons (Stacks)
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A Woman Waiting for Her Period

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Collection of two short films. A woman waiting for her period is an experimental video drama dealing with women's experience of initiation. A portrait of the lives of Taiwanese graduate students in the Midwestern United States, it contains observations of U.S culture and values expressed through interwoven visual and verbal poetic meditations on the experiences of silence, displacement, and the intense intimacy between friends. Van Gogh's ear is constructed in three chapters. Two brief introductory sections lead to the final segment on Allen Ginsberg, which is an attempt to humanized his legend. Passages showing the poet engaged in common acts of taking a taxi and addressing a class of students present a human image of the poet/philosopher.
DVD
2006
Clemons (Stacks)
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Xian Gei Zi Ji de Zuo Pin

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Collection of four short films. A piece of work for myself: An exploration of death using projected images and text. A short film about death: This film examines the aftermath of the tremendous earthquake which struck Taiwan on September 21, 1999 in Taiwan, when the lives of the victims were neglected after the disaster. Deterioration: A short video work with striking images about the dialectic between life and death and between reality and imagination. Noah Noah: Integrating home movies shot over six years of traveling with friends and lovers with postcards and flyers collected during past travels, Wu Junhui takes us on a journey without end, a voyage searching for the origin of memory and infinite desire.
DVD
2006
Clemons (Stacks)
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Lanyu Guan Dian

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Looks at the Yami people on Lan Island, Taiwan. Explores their social values, religious beliefs and traditional life, and how these change in face with the conflicting values of the modern world.
DVD
2006; 1993
Clemons (Stacks)
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Chi She Ying Ji de Nan Ren: Man With a Camera

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Part 1: This insight into family life was filmed using characters played mainly by Liu's own family members. Part 2: Bird's eye look at Tokyo street life. Part 3 & 4: Filmed as Liu traveled around various towns in Taiwan, China, and Japan, this sightseeing compilation includes interesting footage of some unknown local residents. Part 5: This film focuses on the culture and customs on display during local street festivals, ritual ceremonies, and parades.
DVD
2006; 1933
Clemons (Stacks)
8.

Yu You

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Collection of three short films. The fishing trip: In this film, about Deng's one-day trip in the Tamsui river in 1935, we witness tranquil country scenes of forests, cows, ducklings and even women washing clothers in the river. Deng's film let us enjoy and appreciate a scene of peaceful rural living from a 1930s middle class viewpoint. Kindergarten games: This films is about children enrolling in kindergarten during the period of the Japanese occupation of Taiwan (1895-1945). We see children holding Japanese flags, cheering, singing, swinging and playing games. We also see mothers dressed in kimonos. Taipei image collections: The three short documentaries provide a unique window into the lively lifestyles of the lower classes in local Taipei streets during the era of Japanese occupation.
DVD
2006; 1964
Clemons (Stacks)
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Taibei Zhi Chen: A Morning in Taipei

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The experimental film in documentary style uses actors to portray awakening residents of Taipei as they go about their morning routines. With the camera as our guide we see lively early morning markets, residents going to church, students practicing singing, people exercising, and others heading off to work. The feel is of realistically captured scenes of spirited local street life.
DVD
2006; 1964
Clemons (Stacks)
10.

Sha Lu Zhan Chang de Bian Yuan

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A documentary film about the refugee situation at the Thai-Cambodia border. It vividly depicts their miserable living conditions at a time when the camps were being bombed daily as Cambodians fled in large numbers to escape the civil war.
DVD
2006; 1986
Clemons (Stacks)
11.

Ren Min de Sheng Yin: Huan Bao Pian = Voice of the People

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This TV documentary examines some of the hottest contemporary environmental issues in Taiwan. In the 4 episodes, Hualien fisherman fight pollution from a pulp and paper mill, residents of Houching try to stall a fifth naphtha cracking plant, citizens oppose a fourth nuclear power plant, and Tainan fishermen battle pollution from hog farms.
DVD
2006; 1991
Clemons (Stacks)
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Xu Mu Sheng Chan Zai Taiwan

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The film portrays the raising of pigs by rural farmers. It focuses on teaching farmers how to breed imported yorkshire boars with Taiwanese sows.
DVD
2006; 1953
Clemons (Stacks)
13.

Za Cai Ji

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In this documentary film the director portrays the life of her elderly widowed father and their relationship. With hardly any dialogue the film still quietly and sensitively depicts the repetitive and boring daily routines of the father as he goes about his life, providing us with a "kind of lifescape." It is a lonely and depressing life that can easily appear absent of meaning, yet it is still a life.
DVD
2006; 2003
Clemons (Stacks)
14.

Tian Tang Xiao Hai

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Children in heaven: Listen for the lament of the urban indigenous people that travels by the wind from the "heaven" of Sanyi in Taiwan's capital city, Taipei. When the indigenous migrate to the city, they face inadequate housing and a myriad of other frustrations and hardships, yet they still look for ways to stay close to nature. The falling kite: This is a film of flowing images across time and space. on one side is the green, wet image of a now deserted gold mining area in Taiwan where a grandfather once worked in the mines under Japanese occupation. On the other are the industrial, gray images of Northern France where Chinese immigrants worked in the coal mines years before. Tales from the past that tell the experience of wanderers are caught between countries and history.
DVD
2006
Clemons (Stacks)
15.

Si Jiao Luo

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Corner's is a much loved Taipei gay bar that eventually closed after repeated police raids. The film recaptures the era before the closure with interviews with patrons and staff about the importance of the meeting place, interspersed segments off additional glimpses of the Taipei gay scene.
DVD
2006; 2001
Clemons (Stacks)