Manawei, a Yami boy, lives on Orchid Island with his grandmother while his father is away from home working. He hopes that his father will bring him a new pair of shoes, but his father’s brief return brings only disappointment. The National Indigenous Dance Competition approaches and a young teacher...(Read more)
Manawei, a Yami boy, lives on Orchid Island with his grandmother while his father is away from home working. He hopes that his father will bring him a new pair of shoes, but his father’s brief return brings only disappointment. The National Indigenous Dance Competition approaches and a young teacher from Taiwan volunteers to train the school’s dance team with the hope of being transferred back home. While for Manawei, it is a chance to see his father again.
Inspired by a true story, the director reiterates the reclaiming of traditions through the children’s preparation for a dance competition. The grandmother-grandson relationship that is drifting apart is brought close again as Manawei sings and dances in traditional ethnic costume. Bathed in the spirit of “our culture, our pride”, the film depicts an authentic, rarely seen side of Orchid Island, and engages issues of family relationships, love, abandonment, and grandparenting problems against the backdrop of the Yami cultural fault line. All characters except the teacher are portrayed by non-professional actors from the Yami ethnic group .
Available Formats: DVD, Blu-ray and DCP
|Theme：||Cultural Conflict、Youth、Indigenous Peoples、Society|
|Producer：||Zhao Tian Hao|
|Actors：||Huang Shang He 、 Zhong Jia Jun|
|Screenplay：||Cui Yong Hui|
|Liao Ching Yao|
|Editor：||You Zhi Han 、 Cui Yong Hui|
|Music：||Li Xin Yun|
|Excluded for public screenings：||Licensed to all regions except: Taiwan, China (not including Hong Kong and Macau), Japan The film is for non-profit screening only.|
|Royalty period：||June 1, 2019 - May 31, 2024|
2019 Seattle International Film Festival - Special Jury Prize