Taiwanese directors Hu Tai-li (胡台麗), Sheng Ko-shang (沈可尚), and Mayaw Biho (馬躍比吼) will meet European filmgoers in Paris between Nov. 16 and 19 as part of a 16-film Taiwan showcase at the Jean Rouch International Film Festival.
The Jean Rouch International Film Festival, named after the eponymous French filmmaker of cinéma-vérité fame, is renowned for its selection of documentary films exploring anthropological issues such as social and cultural continuity, societal rifts and shifts, and the human relationship with the environment.
Supported by festival curator Barberine Feinberg, who attended the 7th Taiwan International Ethnographic Film Festival in 2013, a 16-documentary series titled "Regards compares Taiwan” will be held from Nov. 16 to 19 at Jean Rouch.
"Regards compares Taiwan,” or Compared Views Taiwan, will include such documentaries as "Songs of Pasta'ay (矮人奇之歌)” by Hu, "A Rolling Stone (筑巢人)” by Shen, and "My River (我家門前有大河)” by Mayaw.
The 16 documentaries will cover the themes of environmental challenges faced by Taiwan, the ambiguous relations between Taiwanese people and their former colonists, marginalized Austronesian identity in a globalized world, and ghosts of a cultured past.
"Regards compares Taiwan” was curated by cultural specialists Luisa Prudentino, Gwennael Gaffric, and Wafa Ghermani. They willhost the eight post-screening forums that will respectively field questions from visiting Taiwanese directors Hu, Shen, and Mayaw.
‘Regards comparés Taïwan' @ Jean Rouch