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Guardians of Our Land

As industrialization and urbanization spread across the world, climate change issues, such as the greenhouse effect and global warming, have become increasingly severe and pose a serious threat to life, property, and economic growth. For instance, severe flooding caused by catastrophic heavy rainfall that lasts for several days has become more common, and PM 2.5 air pollution is now a killer in health. Through the lens of front-line scientists and disaster responders, this film recounts how these guardians of Taiwan unite to protect the island unwaveringly, overcoming all the obstacles with the power of technology.

“We can’t really stop disasters, so what should we do when it comes?” Although Taiwan is a Formosa (beautiful island), it is vulnerable to many kinds of disasters; and whenever a natural disaster hits, it leaves a mark on the people’s minds. This film documents the stories of these “unsung guardians”, their original intentions of helping with disaster prevention and relief through science, and how they use smart technology to monitor Taiwan’s air, water, earthquake, and natural disasters to minimize the impacts of each disaster. By leveraging the Internet of Things (IoT), Taiwan has constructed a 3D air pollution map that improves air quality management and forecasting, as well as being able to announce flood forecasts with a 3-hour lead time while preparing pump stations and pumps in between to reduce disaster risks and minimize disaster losses. Also, scientists have been using technology to deal with the unpredictability of natural disasters, such as by deploying the world’s most extensive Seismic Observation Network to closely monitor the seismic situation in all regions. When a disaster is anticipated, the people will have more time to prepare for it, thereby reducing the impacts of the disaster.

  • Yi Hua WANG
  • Nell Wang
  • Nell Wang
  • Shu-Fang Chen
    Key Cast
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    Documentary, Television, Web / New Media
  • Genres:
    Science, Technology, environment
  • Runtime:
    1 hour 36 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    January 22, 2022
  • Production Budget:
    170,000 USD
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  • Language:
    Mandarin Chinese
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  • Docs Without Borders Film Festival
    Rehoboth Beach
    United States
    August 13, 2022
    America Premiere
  • Seattle Film Festival
    United States
    September 30, 2022
Distribution Information
  • Narlabs
    Sales Agent
    Country: Worldwide
    Rights: All Rights
Director Biography - Nell Wang

Wang graduated from the Department of Motion Picture of the National Taiwan University of Arts. During their sophomore year, Wang shot their first short subject film, “Birthday”, which was selected for the New Territories section of the 60th Venice Film Festival’s and Berlin Film Festival’s Forum. In the same year, Wang completed the short subject documentary “Plane Maker” as part of the Public Television Service (PTS Viewpoint Project), which was awarded the third prize for Taipei Awards and Audience’s Choice at the Taipei Film Festival. Wang later won the Best Short Film at the Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival, Best Feature Film at the Taipei Film Festival, and Best Director at Tel-Aviv Student Film Festival with their graduation project “The Secret in the Wind.” Wang has continued to engage in making features, documentaries, TV commercials, and music videos.

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Director Statement

The Internet of Things (IoT) is a buzzword that is usually associated with home appliances, but we often can’t describe what it is or truly understand how it functions; “Civil IoT Taiwan” is perhaps an even more unfamiliar term to the general public.

As I was working on this film, I became deeply aware of how we have taken these “systems” for granted, while they are in fact some of the most complex yet brilliant collective brainchildren of people—it is these systems that ensure the steady operation of society and our ordinary lives on the foundation of water, air, land, and disaster. Reflecting on this, a picture of “Guardians of Our Land” appeared in my mind. I remember Mr. Wuulong Hsu said, “If everyone contributes a piece, the society will progress faster.” Therefore, I would like to think that “Civil IoT Taiwan” is not something distant from us; we are all guardians of Taiwan as we live in the same motherland.