International Film Festival Manhattan Autumn 2021

Documentary Films From Taiwan

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Reconnecting Two Villages with the Forest, River, Fields, and Sea in Xinshe, Taiwan.

Fuxing Village (Dipit) and Xinshe Village (pateRungan) are indigenous Amis and Kavalan villages in Fengbin Township, Hualien County, Taiwan. Nestled between the mountains and the Pacific Ocean, they are blessed with fruitful forests, lively streams, fertile soils, and the abundant ocean. Two groups of young adults originally from these villages have returned, using their youthful perspectives to breathe new life into the land. Through their farming methods and cooperation with public and private organizations, they are adapting the Satoyama ideals of Japan to the east coast of Taiwan by establishing a sustainable space amidst local ecosystems.

Motivated by respect for the natural ecosystems, they are working together to ensure a better, healthier tomorrow for all.

How are these young returnees breathing eco-affirmative sustainability into these old villages?

The Satoyama initiative encapsulates the ideal of humans living in harmony with their environment and as a vital part of local ecosystems. What value and meaning does the wisdom of the village elders hold for the next generation?

“Season of Healing” follows the journey of these young people as they work to forge a new, ecologically sustainable life in the villages of their youth.

Director Statement

Respecting Taiwan’s land and waters simply and honestly;

Finding harmony and rejuvenation through the power of youth.


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    60 mins
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    Wen-ru Yen, Yuan-yu Chang, Hualien Forest District Office, Forestry Bureau, COA