Tower of Babel by the sea

Adapted from part two of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe's tragic play Faust, the film uses Mephistopheles as the prototype of its antagonist. In the film, the modern Faust, who is ever-changing in his outward appearance, yearns at fulfilling his sense of self. To achieve this, he reclaims land from the ocean to build industrial parks for his ideal city. Tall smokestacks belching smoke into the sky reflect man’s insatiable greed. Enticed by the devil, man continues to build his Tower of Babel to reach to the realm of the gods, yet in the process, he loses his health and his life, and also compromises the sustainability of the natural resources at his disposal.
The film expresses vehement disapproval toward the economics of over-consumption. Industrial emissions and waste water discharge from petrochemical factories have rendered farmlands toxic and coastal areas lifeless, while rising sea levels due to climate warming have inundated the land. As pollution spreads like a pandemic, man is cursed, and nature is caught in a spiral of death.

  • Feng Wei-jung
    Director
  • Chang Su-Mei
    Writer
  • LIN TAY-JOU
    Producer
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    海邊的巴別塔
  • Film Type:
    Documentary, Virtual Reality
  • Runtime:
    14 minutes 15 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    June 15, 2018
  • Production Budget:
    50,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    Taiwan
  • Country of Filming:
    Taiwan
  • Film Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    4K VR monoscopic
  • Aspect Ratio:
    2:1
  • Film Color:
    Black & White and Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
Director Biography - Feng Wei-jung

FENG Wei-Jung
Graduated from Graduate institute of Animation, Tainan National College of the Arts, and currently lectures at Department of Visual Communication Design, Chaoyang University of Technology. His animated works have won recognitions of domestic and international awards, such as Golden Harvest Awards for outstanding Short Films. Feng’s documentary films have been featured on PTS’ Viewpoint. Loves to experiment with new creative formats, and has delved into aerial photography and 360-degree video technology. Feng is currently actively involved in environmental protection documentary movement.

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Film Festivals and Award
2017 Coastline-360-degree Experimental video/2017 Digital Art Creation Competition Program/National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts
2016 on the other side of the Mountain 360-degree video/2016 Austronesian International Arts Award
2015 Unexploded Bombs, Digital art Taipei,Finallist
2013 On Happiness Road, Golden Horse Film Project Promotion/Grand Prize,Animation Director
2003 Rode to upgrade,Public Television Viewpoint Short Film Festival
2002 After the End, Public Television Viewpoint Short Film Festival
Mirror-Mystery Animation 2 Golden Harvest Awards
False&True-Mystery Animation 1 Golden Horse Film Festival Grand Prize