In collaboration with Taiwan Docs, Vision du Reel made an outstanding selection of the most recent documentary productions, considering the variety of themes, styles, and richness of the Taiwanese documentary scene. From animation to experimental practices and intimate portrayals of different members of society, these seven films have offered an improved view of very lively East Asian cinematography.
Only those abandoned by history will choose geography
This Shore: A Family History wanders through Taiwanese and United States landscapes, searching for lost and forgotten narratives of the author’s family expatriation. Tzu-an Wu differentiates the layers of narrative and historical continuity carefully and thoughtfully shoots with the combination of 16mm and digital. The decision to film with two stylistically different cameras also serves as to conceptualise the correlation between individual and collective memory.
This experimental documentary opens up with the fictional character, dressed up in traditional indigenous Taiwanese clothes, wandering through a mesmerising mountainous landscape. The powerful allegoric representation of the folk tradition, which introduces us to the author’s unique family history, also represents the director’s attempt at a skilful stylistic mosaic and the successful experimentation . . .
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