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The Way Home

Dremedrema is the tribal chief heir of her tribe.
She is the eldest daughter, therefore, she must accept her inheritance of the position and
status according to tradition.
But her mother and children hope that she disavows the obligation.
Even Dremedrema herself has run away from her tribe once.
And there are many other familie’s members who have their eyes on the position.
But her ancestral spirits would not give up on her.
She is a tribal chief who doesn’t speak the native tongue.
At the same time she is a devoted single mother of three.
She is a chief without a family house, unable to live within the tribe.
She misses home.
But despite ten years of effort, it is a home that she cannot easily return to.
A female tribal chief’s arduous journey to heed the call of her ancestral roots.

  • Elaine Wei
  • Hsu, kuo-yang
  • Tina Shu
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Feature
  • Runtime:
    1 hour 18 minutes 28 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    January 2, 2020
  • Production Budget:
    500,000 USD
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  • Philadelphia Independent Film Festival
    United States
Director Biography - Elaine Wei

Elaine has been doing documentary filmmaking for nearly 13 years, and has produced 10 documentaries with a total screen time of around 30 hours. Starting in the medium as a producer and writer for narration, finally emerging as a director, Elaine’s love for documentaries has only grown deeper and deeper.

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Director Statement

Elaine has produced three documentaries about the aboriginal people in Taiwan, which include as below:
1."The Angry Blazing Sun" in 2009
2."Ancient Oceanic Explorer" in 2012
It was nominated for the 2012 Education and Culture Award in the Golden Bell Awards.
3."The Way Home” in 2020
As a documentary director, “The Way Home" is Elaine’s directorial debut.

Three about the ecosystem which include as below:
1.“The Flying Jewel” in 2008
2.“A Pact with the Whales” in 2015
3.“The Octopuses of Penghu,” in 2017

Three more about culture include as below:
1. “Plum Rain” in 2015
It was nominated for the 2016 Education and Culture Award in the Golden Bell Awards
2."Man and Trees" in 2019
It was nominated for the 2019 Golden Bell Award for Best Humanity Documentary, Best Editing, and was selected for the 2019 Asian Academy Creative Awards Taiwan Best Documentary Series.