Two Taiwanese films－"Dorm (宿舍)" by director Su Yu-hsien (蘇育賢) and "The Lucky Woman (逃跑的人)" by director Tseng Wen-chen (曾文珍)－have been nominated for the "New Asian Currents (千波萬波)" of the Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival (YIDFF). The films will compete for the section's highest honor "Ogawa Shinsuke Prize (小川紳介獎)."
In light of the pandemic, the most significant international documentary film festival in Asia, YIDFF, will take place virtually from Oct. 7 to 14.
"Dorm" will have its world premiere on Oct. 8. The film is based on a true event and was re-interpreted and performed by Vietnamese female workers and foreign spouses working in the factory.
"The Lucky Woman" elaborately describes the life stories of two Vietnamese migrant workers who came to Taiwan to work for their families, showing the director's long-term concern over foreign migrant workers.
To promote Taiwan-Japan documentary exchanges, the TECRO in Japan and the organizer of the festival have jointly organized special features related to Taiwan since 2011. On Oct. 11, selected directors will be invited to engage in conversation at a forum, featuring Tseng Wen-chen, Su Yu-hsien, and Japanese director Tomoya Ishida (石田智哉) who was chosen for his film "Transform!" for the "Perspectives Japan" section.
In addition, to continue to deepen exchanges of two countries, Taiwan-Japan documentary online exchange activity will be specially launched by YIDFF and the Taiwan Docs, the overseas promotion platform of Taiwan documentary film, after the festival for the first time.
Two representative documentary films will be selected from Taiwan and Japan for each to screen every month from Nov. 2021 to Jan. 2022. Additionally, directors will be invited to participate in the symposiums after screening.