Reel Asian proudly co-presents the International Premiere of The Crying Bamboo Forest at the imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival. imagineNATIVE takes place October 16-20, 2013 at various venues across Toronto. For more info, visit www.imagineNATIVE.org.
The Crying Bamboo Forest
Director: Umin Boya (Seediq)
Taiwan 2011, 78 min
Chinese with English subtitles
Thursday, October 17, 12:30 pm
TIFF Bell Lightbox, Cinema 3
As a young boy, Fa’aye spent his days alongside his father deep in their lands, surrounded by towering bamboo and learning the ways of Atayal culture and knowledge. Now an elder, Fa’aye is caught between the trappings of the present day and trying to maintain a meaningful connection to his traditional territory which has now been privatised by the state. With his young grandson in tow, Fa’aye is determined to return to the forest and reassert his duty to care for the bamboo despite the serious legal ramifications of his actions. The Crying Bamboo Forest is a remarkable first feature film that reflects the struggles and challenges currently faced by many Indigenous people living in Taiwan.
Based in Taiwan, filmmaker Umin Boya (Seediq) also works as a scriptwriter and actor. After pursuing show business in 2000 to pay for his tuition, Umin was awakened to the power of filmmaking after being cast to star in a TV drama. His own work reflects issues and concerns shared by the 14 Indigenous nations in Taiwan.