East Asian Film Series: Finding Sayun (Laha Mebow, 2011)

Finding Sayun (2011) is a debut feature by Taiwan’s indigenous Atayal director Laha Mebow (Chen Chieh-yao). The film is shot entirely in an Atayal village in northern Yilan County and features a cast of primarily nonprofessional indigenous actors. The story centers on the legend of Sayun, an Atayal girl who drowned while carrying her Japanese teacher’s belongings on a trek to the community’s original village at the end of World War II. The film has been praised for its sensitive examination of indigenous life through personal memories and everyday scenes, avoiding the romanticization of indigenous communities found in most mainstream cinematic representations. Through the legend of Sayun, the film brings together three generations of villagers and shows how they engage with a Taiwanese television crew bent on investigating the fate of the original Sayun.

This film screening is part of Themester.

Sunday October 15, 2017 03:00 PM
Sunday October 15, 2017 05:00 PM
IU Cinema
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