Private Project

Dive with You

How do we imagine a fish? A gentle giant of the sea safe under our boundless care, or a favorite on the dining table – a product of our endless wants?

“Dive With You” charts fragments in the lives of whale sharks. From swimming free in the ocean, to entrapment by fishing nets, to becoming exhibits in aquariums before an inevitable untimely death. It reveals whale sharks’ irreversible life journey.

  • Chin-Yuan Ke
  • Zhi-Zong Su
    Director of Post-Production
  • Tao-Jen Kuo
    Underwater Videographer
  • Chung Lin
  • Li-Ping Yu
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    58 minutes 25 seconds
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    May 5, 2014
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    Japan, Taiwan
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Director Biography - Chin-Yuan Ke

“My camera can make a difference.”

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

In the face of environmental injustices, Ke began to advocate for vulnerable communities through 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, Mount Everest and countless mountains and islets all over the world. In over 32year as a photographer and filmmaker, he has produced more than 20 documentaries, 400 plus feature reports, over 200,000 images and text files of fieldwork, and has participated in the production of more than 200 program episodes on environmental issues.

His documentaries have won more than 20 awards at national and international film festivals like Taiwan TV Golden Bell Awards, Taipei Film Festival, German animal, nature and environmental film festival- NaturVision, Korean Green Film Festival, USA International Wildlife Film Festival, New York festivals: 2011 World’s Best Television & Films, and Spanish “Telenatura” film festival.

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Director Statement

While it surrounds Taiwan, how do Taiwanese perceive their all-important relationship with the sea?
I’ve worked for two decades to document on film the changes in Taiwan’s offshore ecology and some of the many stories unfolding along the border between the land & sea and between mankind & marine life. These stories are our stories – the beautiful and the deplorable alike. More than just our past, these stories are setting the stage for the challenges of tomorrow.