MY UNCLE'S TATALA

"Any Yami man must learn how to make boats." This is how we perpetuate family livelihood and our spiritual tradition. In this documentary, the artistic beauty of the laminated boat (TATALA) and the deepest meanings of the boat-making process unfold from an ecological perspective. Everything happens slowly, with affection, under the eyes of the female director who is also a member of the community. "If you cut a tree, you must plant another one," therefore it is the biggest asset of the Yami people that they learn how to be grateful, for they understand the natural environment and know how to cultivate natural resources with diligent work. The documentary illustrates cooperation between husband and wife, and father and son, and how two generations make the boat together. "My Uncle's TATALA" is a light and documentary, that also carries the deepest messages of love and affection expressed by the meaningful and heartfelt words of the uncle.

  • JIANG WEI-LING (Sipnadan)
    Director
  • JIANG WEI-LING (Sipnadan)
    Writer
  • Pongso Media Studio
    Producer
  • JIANG WEI-LING (Sipnadan)
    Photographers
  • Zhang Shi-Kai
    Photographers
  • JIANG WEI-LING (Sipnadan)
    Editor
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    二姨丈的TATALA
  • Project Type:
    Documentary
  • Runtime:
    50 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    March 5, 2016
  • Production Budget:
    35,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    Taiwan
  • Country of Filming:
    Taiwan
  • Language:
    Chinese, Other
  • Shooting Format:
    HD Cam
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    Yes
  • Student Project:
    No
  • Women Make Waves Film Festival, Taiwan 2016.
    TAIPEI
    Taiwan
    October 19, 2016
    TAIPEI,TAIWAN
    Audience Awards
  • The third Pulima Art Award 2016
    TAIPEI
    Taiwan
    November 4, 2016
    KAOHSIUNG,TAIWAN
    Honorable Awards
  • 第九屆攝區二三事 2016
    TAIPEI
    Taiwan
    October 29, 2016
    TAIPEI,TAIWAN
    佳作
Director Biography - JIANG WEI-LING (Sipnadan)

Jiang Wei-ling (Sipnadan) was born in 1982 on Orchid Island, and she is a member of the Yami tribe. In 2008 she participated in the "Indigenous People Sound and Movie Training Class" organized by the Television of Indigenous People, and finished the work of art "Consuming products come and go" which brought her the Special Jury Price. In 2010 at the Television of Indigenous People she was promoting the news and short productions of indigenous peoples. In 2011 to expand her own horizon and to know other indigenous communities she became a backpacker in Australia, and worked for Club Med Guilin G.O. in China. In 2014 she travelled back to Taiwan, to her village in Orchid Island, and be an independent filmmaker.

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