On November 24 to 25, the CCKF-ERCCT hosted the 13. Taiwan Documentary Film Festival in cooperation with Arsenal Kinos Tübingen, who provided a wonderful venue.
Saturday, November 24, was dedicated to the work of our guest, film director Tseng Wen-chen 曾文珍, who presented three documentaries from her rich oeuvre: firstly, "What Makes Love Last" 長情的告白 (2015), a documentary about carers for the elderly in Taipei, made for a very strong start, depicting with much warmth and empathy the everyday struggles of these dedicated people. Next was "Dream Hair Salon" 夢想美髮店 (2011) about female marriage immigrants and how they cope with an array of practical and emotional difficulties in order to build up their new lifes in Taiwan. Finally, we screened "Spring: The Story of Hsu Chin-yu" 春天 — 許金玉的故事 (2002) about the life of a victim of the White Terror, Hsu Chin-yu, who was imprisoned for 15 years, yet stayed true to her ideals, remaining an activist unitl very old age.
The audience took the opportunity to enter into a lively discussion with director Tseng, thereby learning a lot about the background and the making of each film.
Sunday's programme continued the focus on the White Terror with a screening of the 1995 feature film "Super Citizen Ko" by Wan Jen, telling the story of Ko I-Sheng, who had been imprisoned for 16 years in his youth, but lives to old age, remorseful about the execution of his friend, whose name he had told under torture.
The ERCCT is grateful to Kino Arsenal for the smooth and successful cooperation!
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 24
10:00 Welcoming remarks by ERCCT Director, Prof. Dr. Gunter Schubert
10:15 長青的告白 What Makes Love Last (2015)
11:50 夢想美髮店 Dream Hair Salon (2011)
13:10 Lunch Break
14:10 春天-許金玉的故事 Spring: The Story of Hsu Chin-Yu (2002)
15:30 Q&A with guest director Tseng Wen-Chen
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 25
10:30 超級大國民 Super Citizen Ko (Wan Jen, 1995, 120 min.)