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The Secret in the Satchel

Director :
Year :
2007

Country: 

  • Taiwan
Color :
Color
Running Time :
55 min
  • Generation
  • Youth
  • Senior

Introduction

“I don’t know when it started. But I began to hurt myself…”
“We took the stolen gun and wanted to help the girls get even…”
“I started to watch porn since grade school. I always fantasized about sex….”

During his 10 years of teaching at the University, the director had read more than a thousand of his students’ journals detailing their growth. The director selected three stories and invited his students to document their stories on film. The film intertwines documentaries, dramatization, comics animation, and song and dance to depict the trails and tribulations experienced by the students growing up.

The students and directors recreated the three stories, which recounted the students’ past filled with reckless abandon and bewilderment. The students did not grow up in an environment of utmost care. On the contrary, they were beautiful yet brave souls who revisited wounds hidden throughout the years, and, in the process, grew and matured.

The film explores the complicated inter-personal, family, sexual, and violent relationships of the young students. In his narration, the director, who also happened to be the students’ teacher, expressed anxiety and apprehension as he faced the harsh reality confronted by this new generation of students growing up.

Copyright © LIN Tay-jou. All Rights Reserved.

Director Statement

" This documentary explores the complicated interpersonal, family, sexual, and violent relationships of these young adults. In my narration, I express anxiety and apprehension as I face the harsh reality confronted by this new generation of troubled youths." - Lin Tay-Jou

 

Copyright © LIN Tay-jou. All Rights Reserved.

Awards

2007 Busan International Film Festival (BIFF)
2007 Kaohsiung Film Festival
2007 Asian Art Biennial - Documentary Program
2007 IDFA: International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam - Silver Wolf Competition
2007 Busan International Film Festival (BIFF)
2007 Asian Art Biennial
2007 IDFA: International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam
2008 International Film Festival and Forum on Human Rights (FIFDH)
2008 Shanghai TV Festival - Asian Documentary Golden Award
2008 Hong Kong Independent Film Festival
2008 Golden Chest International Television Festival - Special Mention of the Jury
2008 Taiwna International Documentary Festival
2008 Beijing Independent Film Festival
2008 Kassel Documentary Film and Video Festival
2008 International Film Festival and Forum on Human Rights (FIFDH)
2008 Best of INPUT
2008 Shanghai TV Festival
2008 Hong Kong Independent Film Festival
2008 Golden Chest International Television Festival

Team

  • Director
  • Cinematographer
  • Editor
  • Executive Producer
  • Producer
  • Cinematographer
  • Editor
  • Line Producer
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