Letter #69

by LIN Hsin-i

Letter #69 is a reinterpretation of the prison letters by SHI Shui-huan, a victim of Taiwan’s White Terror. The filmmaker attempts to highlight the blankness of SHI’s last letter, describing the unseen history of that period. The film is a narrative made up of three perspectives: the silent writers (political victims SHI Shui-huan and SHI Zhi-cheng), the present off-camera narrators (female family members of the victims), and the interwoven first, second, and third person narration that is the discourse of the people involved in contemporary events (narrator LI Zhe-yu, and the filmmaker).


2017 Visions du Réel - Media Library
2017 Busan International Short Film Festival - Landscape of Asian Shorts
2016 Women Make Waves Film Festival - Taiwan Competition: Excellence Award


Running Time: 19 mins
Year of Completion: 2016
Director: LIN Hsin-i


LIN Hsin-i

An independent filmmaker born in Taipei, Taiwan, LIN uses essay film as a means to develop fresh documentary aesthetics. Her works have received a Excellence Award at Women Make Waves Film Festival 2016, an Outstanding Award at Kaohsiung Film Festival 2016, Rookie of the Year Award at South Taiwan Film Festival 2015, and nominations at various international film festivals. Her research interests range from film aesthetics, cultural theory and art criticism to critical aesthetic theories of art.