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Taiwan documentary honored by CINE Golden Eagle Award

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Last saturday, a documentary produced by Taiwan’s Public Television Service (PTS) has received a prestigious award in the United States.

“A Year in the Clouds” was one of 15 works honored in the People & Places” section in the Professional Non-fiction Division of the Fall CINE Golden Eagle Award recipients.

The documentary depicts the life of a group of indigenous people of the Atayal tribe who live in the high mountains of Taiwan, in the village of Smangus.

The film takes the audience into the mountains of Taiwan to witness the passing of a year in the tribal village.


Two decades ago, the tribe was among the poorest on the island. Many tribal members were forced to seek low paid jobs in cities, but the chief, Icyeh Sulung, had a vision of great trees that would ensure the tribe’s survival. The tribe found a forest of Cypress trees that were to change their future. The forest of rare Chamaecyparis formosensis Matsum trees was estimated to be more than 2,000 years old, and interest from tourists turned Smangus into a thriving eco-tourism center. But the sudden wealth and pressures from the outside played havoc with the tribe’s unity. The tribe later made a fateful decision to ensure their future — everything was to be shared from then on. Today, Smangus is the only place in Taiwan that still practices common ownership of land and property.

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The CINE Golden Eagle Award has been recognized as a mark of excellence throughout the film and television industry for over 50 years. Since its founding in 1957, CINE has been instrumental in promoting the careers of thousands of filmmakers through juried competitions, educational programs, and networking opportunities.

This was the fourth time that PBS has been awarded with the prestigious award. The three previous works that won the honor were “Mme. Chiang Kai-shek,”(2005), “The Secret in the Satchel,” (2008) and “Taipei 24h” (2010).

Film minisite by PTS TaiwanAi?? Film trailer on YouTube

Distribution: Parthenon Entertainment

SOURCE:Ai??focustaiwan.tw (11/02/12)

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