Taiwan filmmakers stirs debate over documentary
Fact or fiction? Commercial or non-commercial? The development of Taiwan’s documentary is now at a crossroads.
In 2007, local director Yang Li-chou made a film on a poor indigenous woman who raised her seven grandchildren by growing peaches in Jiashih, Hsinchu County, because their parents had killed themselves.
Since the power of business interests surpass the importance of social and public values, the new generation of filmmakers have been encouraged to shift towards a more entertainment-oriented, leisure-centered way of documentary-making.
Some of them see commercial filmmaking as a necessary evil because it was hard to support themselves by making independent documentaries.