Private Project

Sacred Forest

Taiwan’s forest ecosystem extends from its ocean shores up into mountains reaching 4,000m above sea level. Taiwan is home to some 4,400 distinct endemic vascular plant species some of which found their way to the island as long as 2 million years ago in the early Pleistocene. A number of these species clearly meet United Nations’ World Natural Heritage standards in terms of their importance, exceptionality, and limited range.

Sacred Forest takes an eco philosophical approach to introduce the deeply unique nature of Taiwan’s cloud enveloped cypress forest ecosystems and to explore the nation’s oldest forests, tallest tree species, and priceless, multi millennial stands of giant ‘sacred trees’. Furthermore, this film reflects on the reciprocal relationship between humans and forest environments, and considers the future of the latter and its inevitable repercussions on the former.

Sacred Forest follows six separate groups, each with different interests and field specialties, as they experience the raw majesty of the forest from multiple facets ranging from the analytically intellectual and eco philosophical to the introspectively emotional and spiritually uplifting.

  • Ke Chin-Yuan
  • Ke Chin-Yuan
    Executive Producer
  • Yu Li-Ping
    Executive Producer
  • Su Chi-Chen
    Supervisor  Producer
  • Liao Jie-Yu 
    Associate Producer
  • Chen Yi-Ju
    Associate Producer
  • Shen Hong-Teng 
  • Alpha SU
    Post-Production Co-ordinator
  • Wang Pai-Zhang
  • Thomas Foguenne
    Music Supervisor
  • Jeff Miller
    English Title Translator
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    Sacred Forest(神殿)
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  • Genres:
    Environment, Nature
  • Runtime:
    1 hour 44 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    July 1, 2019
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Director Biography - Ke Chin-Yuan

Ke was born in Shenkang Township, Changhua County in 1962. During the 12 years from 1993 to 2006, he had been a monthly columnist for some magazines of political, economic and ecological issues. His works include more than 200,000 images of environment, 400-plus in-depth feature reports, 3 books, and about 200,000 words of text files of fieldwork on Taiwan's environment. He has won or been nominated in over 70 awards, home and abroad, since 1997, and is currently a producer at the news department of Taiwan Public Television Service.

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