2010 Asian Film Festival and Conference


Location: Browning Cinema, DeBartolo Performing Arts Center

Children of Heaven (1997/14 min.)

Underneath the Sanying Bridge lies a shantytown of indigenous people. Every year they are charged with violating the Water Law and forcibly removed from the houses they have built. Nevertheless, after the houses are torn down, the residents return to the same place and build their simple huts again. This process has repeated itself numerous times over the course of many years. For the residents and their children, their routine seems like “playing house.” Yet the question of indigenous people’s right of abode remains unresolved.

Malakacaway-The Rice Wine Filler (2009/70min.)

The Pangcah people live along the east coast of Taiwan facing the Pacific Ocean. Some Pangcah tribes have been able to keep their traditional culture and ways of living, the most famous example being the Makutaay Tribe. They hold Ilisin (Annual Ceremony) the traditional way every year. The most challenging job belongs to a group of men called “Malakacaway,” who are responsible for fundraising, rice-collecting, accounting, and most importantly and painfully, Patakit (toasting everyone with rice wine over and over again during the five-day ceremony). This is how the Makutaay tribe trains its youngsters to become mature members of the tribe.

The 2010 Asian Film Festival and Conference is presented by:

  • Kellogg Institute for International Studies
  • DeBartolo Performing Arts Center

With generous support from:
The Institute for Scholarship in the Liberal Arts, the Henkels Visiting Lecture Series, the College of Arts and Letters, the Learning Beyond the Classroom Grant, the Office of International Student Services and Activities, the Center for Asian Studies, the Office of Research.

Cosponsored by:
The Asian Pacific Alumni Board, First Year Studies, the Center for the Study of Languages and Cultures, the Department of Film, Television, and Theatre and the Office of Student Affairs.

Special thanks to the Kaneb Center and the Snite Museum of Art.

This is a FREE but ticketed event. Call the Ticket Office at (574) 631-2800 to reserve tickets.

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