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Stone Dream

Stone Dream
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by Hu Tai-Li
color, 79 min, 2004

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This film touches the sensitive issue of national and ethnic identity in Taiwan. In the first Taiwanese observational documentary, “Liu Pi-Chia,” made by Director Chen Yao-Chi in 1965, the main character Liu Pi-Chia was press-ganged into the army in China and came over to Taiwan with President Chiang Kai-Shek. After several decades, the director Hu Tai-Li unexpectedly met Liu in a village on the banks of the Mukua River. This new immigrant village consists of mainland veterans whose wives are from different ethnic groups, mostly Aborigines. Stones, the most important symbols of this film, link Liu Pi-Chia’s generation, who worked hard on the stony riverbed to reclaim land, and the new generation of Liu Pi-Chia’s son, whose interest is collecting rose stones for artistic and economic purposes. Liu Pi-Chia and his family are like rose stones, which are black and unattractive on the outside, but cut open or polished, reveal wonderful scenes. This film, accompanied by classical Chinese lute music, presents the flow of stone dream.

Film Festivals, Screenings, Awards
International Documentary Film Festival, Amsterdam, June 2004
Golden Horse Award- Best Documentary, Tapei Golden Horse Film Festival, 2004
Theatrical Release, multiple cinemas, Taiwan, 2004
Bilan du Film Ethnographique, Paris, 2005
South Film Festival, Israel, 2005
Gottingen International Film Festival, Germany, 2006

Series Related films:
Voices of Orchid Island
The Return of Gods and Ancestors: The Five Year Ceremony
Songs of Pasta'ay
Passing Through My Mother-in-Law's Village
Sounds of Love and Sorrow
Encountering Jean Rouch

Related Resources
"Ethnic Identity and Social Condition of Veteran-Mainlanders in Taiwan", a 13 page essay by the filmmaker providing background ethnography of this film.
Review of Stone Dream by Murray A. Rubinstein, Visual Anthropology, 2007.

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