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EASC Taiwanese Documentary Series

22 March 2015

Featuring Director Ke Chin-Yuan

April 16 & 18, 2015
USC & Pasadena | Event Flyer | RSVP

The EASC Taiwanese Documentary Series is made possible by the Spotlight Taiwan grant from the Taiwan Academy of the Ministry of Culture, Republic of China, with additional support provided by Special Patron Dr. Samuel Yin, the USC Pacific Asia Museum and the USC School of Cinematic Arts.


Ke Chin-Yuan was born and raised in Shenkang Township, Changhua County, a coastal village, where a clear stream ran in front of his home. Villagers would use the water for laundry, baths, catching fish and shrimp, and irrigation. Unfortunately, heavy industry has taken its toll, resulting in dried farmland, polluted air, and industrial waste contaminating the once clean stream.

In the face of environmental injustices, Ke began to advocate for vulnerable communities using the power of his lens. Since 1980 he has been recording and presenting stories of Taiwanese people and ecology. He has also visited jungles, polar regions and countless mountains and islets all over the world. In over 32 years as a photographer and filmmaker, he has produced 20 documentaries, 400 plus feature reports, over 200,000 images and text files of fieldwork on Taiwan’s environment, and has participated in the production of more than 200 program episodes on environmental issues.

Ke has received many awards in Taiwan and internationally, including at the Golden Bell Awards – the most prestigious award for TV programs in Taiwan – for Best Photography and Best Non-drama Director, the Green Film Festival in Seoul for Environmental Films, and the International Wildlife Film Festival for Best TV Program (Budget under US$250,000) and Best Point of View.


Location: The Ray Stark Family Theatre, School of Cinematic Arts (SCA) 108

7:00-7:05pm Welcome and Introduction of Director Ke Chin-Yuan by Professor Stanley Rosen
7:05-8:05pm Black (2013, 58 minutes)

Black documents the cycle of water pollution and its consequences on the environment, the local ecosystem, and the communities that are exposed to the water and food grown from contaminated crops. The contamination begins when wastewater from factories is introduced to waterways that are used for crop irrigation. The compromised water supply taints the soil in which rice is grown with dangerous levels of cadmium, chromium and toxic chemicals that then enter Taiwan’s national diet. The dangerous levels of these chemicals is even more of a problem for the farmers that come into close contact with the greatest concentration of these chemicals each day. Can the public rely on the safety of Taiwan’s food, water and environment?

8:10-9:10pm Take My Breath Away 空襲警報 (2013, 59 minutes)

Take My Breath Away investigates air pollution from petrochemical industries and undocumented factories in Taiwan and abroad. It details the problems and struggles the Taiwanese people face and the lengths they must go to in order to overcome the effect pollution has in their daily lives. If we want to breathe clean air and sustain the environment for future generations, change needs to happen now.

9:15-10:00pm Q&A with DIRECTOR KE CHIN-YUAN
Moderated by Stanley Rosen, Professor of Political Science, USC
Translation by Katherine Chu, MA EAAS and PhD POIR, USC



Location: USC Pacific Asia Museum, Pasadena

2:00-2:05pm Welcome and Introduction of Director Ke Chin-Yuan by Professor Stanley Rosen
2:05-4:05pm Dive With You (1&2) 餘生 ・共游 (上/下)(2014, 117 minutes)

Dive With You follows the evolution of Taiwan’s relationship with the whale shark in the past two decades. While narrating the story of Taiwan’s ban on whale shark hunting, this documentary goes further by depicting this easygoing animal’s continued struggle for survival against difficult odds. Following the whale shark’s migratory path across Pacific Asia, Dive With You also examines the development of whale shark tourism, especially whale shark “swim” activities, and how such programs reflect upon 21st-century efforts to protect our planet’s marine heritage.

Examining the transnational habitat of whale sharks, Dive With You illustrates how modern society uses this “gentle giant” of the deep as a centerpiece of both aquarium displays and pricey banquets, and is now seeking new ways of “packaging” whale sharks for economic gain. But whale sharks can also touch the soul and change the lives of those who cross their peaceful path. Whale sharks provide a window into how we all treat the oceans and respect the sanctity of life.

4:10-5:00pm Panel Discussion moderated by Professor Stanley Rosen

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