Two Taiwanese documentaries win big at Houston film festival

Taipei, Two documentaries about Yushan (Jade Mountain), the highest peak in Taiwan, grabbed the top Platinum Remi award at the 2018 WorldFest-Houston International Film & Video Festival in the United States, the Yushan National Park Headquarters (YSNPH) said Wednesday.

"Mountaineering to Yushan" and "Postcards from Nanan," both published by YSNPH, were awarded the honor in the documentary shorts competition category among more than 1,000 entries from around the world, the YSNPH said.

"Mountaineering to Yushan" also won similar honors at film festivals in the U.S., Spain and Portugal last year, according to the YSNPH.

People can view the two multi-award films at the Shuili Visitor Center in Nantou County, where group reservation is required in advance, or the visitor centers in Tataka, Meishan and Nanan, where no reservation is required, YSNPH Deputy Director Lin Wen-ho (???) said.

"Mountaineering to Yushan" is a film about learning mountain activities from an indigenous mountain guide's perspective, and it hopes to encourage the public to reflect on the relationship between humans and mother nature so as to protect Taiwan's beautiful landscape, Lin said.

"Postcards from Nanan" -- a story about accidentally mailed postcards that linked a lonely city dweller and the beautiful town of Nanan -- features the beautiful scenery in Nanan and the rich biodiversity along the Walami Hiking Trail.

In addition to viewing the diverse facets of the eastern aspects of Yushan, the film also allows viewers to gain an understanding about the unique customs and traditional rituals of the Bunun and Seediq tribes who live in the area, Lin said.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel