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Beyond Beauty: The beauty and melancholy of our motherland

December 18, 2013

The trailer of Beyond Beauty:

In addition to being the highest grossing Tawainese documentary, Beyond Beauty is probabaly the most influential movie in Taiwan this year. I went to Viewshow Cinema on a Thursday afternoon but only bought a seat in the very back of the theater. People of different ages paid for pricecy tickets to watch a documentary about Taiwan. Such scene is very rare in our culture.

The charm of this movie lies not only in its subject but also in its different perspective. It captures the scenery of Taiwan from the air. The audience get to see the beautiful landscape of the moutains and seashores of our motherland. We are able to see hardworking farmers and various traditional festivals from high above.

However, we also see the devastation of Typhoon Morokot, the landslides and collapsed buildings came along with  natural disasters. I was shocked at the sight of the polluted rivers, the manmade coast, and the mountains without the protection of forests and constantly being digged out by excavators.

This movie shows us more than the beauty of our homeland. It also shows us the selfishness and short-sightedness of the people on this island. I bursted into tears many times during the movie. We Taiwanese do not deserve such a beautiful island. We love ourselves more than the land we are rooted in. We care about ourselves more than our future generations. I feel deeply sorry for the land that was once praised as “IIha Formosa”, the beautiful island, by Portuguese.

I hope this movie can arouse the consciousness of Taiwanese people. Our government should set up and enforce strict laws to protect our environment. The enterpreners should take more reponsibity for our society. The people should think twice before we do anything that may harm this land. Hopefully the beauty of Taiwan could be preserved and cherished for generations to come.

TEDxTaipei / A speech given by the director Chi Po-lin

The perspective of a foreigner

The following link is a movie filmed by Luc Besson (盧貝松). The movie, Home, is almost entirely composed of aerial shots of various places on Earth.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jqxENMKaeCU&feature=player_detailpage

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