Dancing With 37 Arts
In 2007, HSU Fang-yi became the first Asian dancer to participate in the in-house residency program of the Baryshnikov Arts Center on New York’s 37th Street. After two months where she felt both confined and elated by the program, she returned to her hometown and performed on stage with a new dance company.
The Unreachable Love
A sensitive documentary about four women who suffer at the hands of domestic violence. Recorded over the period of a year, the film captures their stories faithfully, including their resolve to seek protection and the difficult decision to walk away from their marriages and their former lives.
The stories of neighbors in an apartment inspired by Virginia Woolf’s assertion that women are “looking glasses possessing the magic and delicious power of reflecting man as twice his natural size.” A saleswoman solicits customers, a househusband conducts his daily routines and a young boy imitates his father.
In Paris, a young woman lives with her lover in an attractive apartment. She knows that she is three-weeks pregnant but hasn't decided whether to tell her partner yet. Among her daily experiences in the French capital, she must come to an important decision... whether to keep the baby or not.
In the future, when the environment has been almost completely devastated by global warming, a man wants to escape from the hi-tech city and return to the forest where he grew up. He tells his psychologist that he is willing to undergo a special operation to have his personality transplanted into a tree.
Sisters SONG Qing and SONG Dan were abandoned by their father when they were young. As they grow older, they live their own separate lives until they receive news that their father has passed away. They go to Beijing where he had been living and uncover clues to his life including a mysterious photo of a child.
Emma & Lucy
An elderly widow, Emma, struggles to deal with her late husband’s death. On what would have been his sixtieth birthday, she visits his grave with her only remaining friend, Lucy. But Lucy has other plans and takes Emma on a motor scooter adventure to forget recent tragedies and rediscover her youth.
Start from the Beginning of the World
A woman’s pregnancy is a transformational adventure that is symbolic of the beginning of the world. By comparing the landscape of the female body with imagery of the earth, one can come to appreciate the female form in new ways and discover that its expression is full of infinite possibilities.
A mother works tirelessly for her rich clients so that she can afford to send her daughter to study in America. The film crosscuts the detailed procedures of her dressmaking with telephone conversations with her daughter discussing credit card expenses with the confusion of different currencies.
A woman finds herself trapped in endless household chores supporting a partner in an unsatisfying relationship. One day, she buys the perfect dress. But when she struggles to put it on, she receives no sympathy. Taking her inability to wear the dress as symbolic, she packs her suitcase and moves on, leaving the man behind.
A Piece of Julia
Experimental film consisting of snatches of scenes in which a woman experiences the limits of love, desire and the very control she has over her own body.
On the way to school each morning, Wei-ching gives classmate Mei-tsai a ride on her bicycle. She brings an extra skirt, padded so as to make the ride more comfortable for her friend. Mei-tsai likes a boy nicknamed 214 and takes photos of him from a distance. She asks Wei-ching’s help to take the perfect picture...
In a living room full of memories of her late husband, blind Chun-mei sits alone listening to the radio, making jewelry out of colorful beads. She receives a regular visit from Miao-fang, an elderly neighbor who is also blind. Beneath their casual conversion under the afternoon sun are deeper concerns about their futures.
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Ai-tsao was born into a conservative and exclusionist minority family. After falling in love with a much older teacher of mainland descent, she abandoned her family and eloped. Decades later, her discovery that her son is gay and that her daughter has a black boyfriend makes her question choices in her own past.
One day, while cleaning up the living room, Emma makes a diversion from her usual routine and picks up the photo of herself dancing with her late husband when they were young. She walks around her home, collecting every memory of him and pieces together the memories of their life together.
We, the Drivers
A light-hearted documentary that explores the experiences of passengers making their daily commute on buses driven by women in Taipei, including the infamous Aunty YU. While overlooked by modern society, the drivers’ human touch can transform the day of their passengers on their way to work.
Go to School
Single mother Amy’s daily routine begins at 6:30 am when she must take her son and daughter on the school run. But today her car breaks down right in the middle of a busy intersection in Taipei City, causing traffic jams in all four directions. The rising heat of the summer’s day demands a decision.
Fragrance of Memory
A short animation in which a young girl is playing indoors with her toy airplane on a windy afternoon. Suddenly she smells a familiar fragrance come through the window from outside that is just like the cologne worn by her father. The fragrance brings back unexpected memories from her childhood.
Two women from different generations discuss the struggles of their lives that led up to their destructive alcoholism. Their stories are reconstructed from soundtracks collected from the Internet Archive and visualized with metaphorical image montages in this experimental black and white short film.