Taiwanese Golden Bell Award-winning director Deng Wen-bin's (鄧文斌) new documentary work "The Middle Place - Tjuvecekadan (中間之地)" was awarded Best Feature Documentary at the Prague International Film Festival, making it his 35th international award.
Deng Wen-bin, who was known for filming the ecological environment, noticed the existence of many stone slab houses in Pingtung, Kaohsiung, and Taitung while directing National Geographic’s "The Butterfly Code (蝴蝶密碼)" many years ago, which inspired him to produce "The Middle Place – Tjuvecekadan."
"The Middle Place - Tjuvecekadan" describes the Paiwan tribe's ancestors calling the wanderer to return to the tribe to participate in the restoration of the slate house settlement. During this period, the clan was faced with the challenge of different opinions regarding the concept of traditional marriage, intercultural marriage, the disparity in thinking between different generations, and attitudes towards tribal responsibility. Driven by the call to tradition and the centripetal force of the ethnic group, there came a transformation process from conflict to reconciliation in front of the ancestral spirit and the slate house.
The Pingtung Tjuvecekadan tribe filmed by Deng has a history of at least 400 years, and is one of the few well-preserved slate house settlements in Taiwan. Tjuvecekadan is located in the mountains of Pingtung at an altitude of about 570 meters. There are still approximately complete slate houses. From the top down, the slate houses as a whole look like a beautiful landscape painting.
Deng pointed out that he likes aboriginal culture a lot, whether it is the music, crafts, dance, totems, festivals, or traditional architecture. At the beginning, Deng simply thought that world cultural heritage was very precious, and pursued the documentary project without considering the cost, and was grateful to the Tjuvecekadan tribe for their assistance.
(Photo courtesy of Ni Yu-chun (倪有純))