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Where Has the Land Gone?

Director :
Year :
1997

Country: 

  • Taiwan
Color :
Color
Running Time :
35 min
  • Politics
  • History
  • Investigative
  • Author's Point of View
  • Ethnology
  • Folk
  • Religion

Introduction

Mapihao is an Atayal tribe. During the Japanese occupation, most of their land was expropriated and registered as nation-owned forest. The KMT government adopted the Japanese rule and imposed more restrictions on the use of the land. Now, these aboriginal people had to rent the farming land, which had been their ancestors’ property, from the Taiwan Forestry Bureau. In 1965, Taiwan Power Company wired the area to electricity and demanded a large usage charge. With no cash, the tribe leased the land to private corporates for 27 years. The lease has now expired, yet the tribe wants to retain the “preservation right” to the land. When the tribe appealed to the government, the response was, “As to the identities of the aboriginal ancestors, we can no longer trace them due to the loss of record.” However, the aboriginal people are determined to get it back.

 

source: Taiwan International Documentary Festival

Director Statement

"Mapihao is an aboriginal Atayal tribe. In the power shift between the Japanese and Chinese governments, a large portion of the tribe’s land was lost. The tribesmen did not realize it until much later. After they appealed to the government, the response was, “As to the identities of the aboriginal ancestors, we can no longer trace them due to the loss of record.”

My grandfather used to point to the mountains and told us “these two hills belong to our tribe, those three hills are also ours…” I could still remember these words even it was more than two decades ago. As an aborigine in Taiwan, I have seen my people being mistreated and wronged with injustice. I want to uncover the past and let people know what has happened." -- Bilin Yabu 

 

source: Taiwan International Documentary Festival

Awards

1998 Golden Harvest Awards - Merit Prize
1998 Taiwna International Documentary Festival - Asian Images
1998 Golden Harvest Awards
1998 Taiwna International Documentary Festival
1999

Team

  • Director
  • Cinematographer
  • Editor
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