Out of Place

Taiwan / 2012 / Color / 78min
In Mandarin & Hoklo with Chinese and English subtitles
Director : Hsu Hui-ju
25/1 (Fri) 7:30pm,agnès b. CINEMA
*Followed by Seminar

During a trip to Europe, Taiwanese female director Hsu Hui-ju discovered that her husband’s family bears extremely high resemblance as North American indigenous people. This led Xu to embark on a journey of tracing back her in-laws’ – the Ji’s - lineage. They reached “Xiao Lin Village”, one of the very few villages where the Pingpu culture is preserved, only to witness its destruction by typhoon Morakot.

This documentary not only traces the Ji family’s Pingpu lineage, but also documents the reconstruction of Xiao Lin Village and the Pingpu culture that is embodied. While Taiwanese indigenous people hid their aboriginality in various ways during the past era of colonization, the destruction of Xiao Lin village by Morakot rekindled the will of its emotionally battered villagers to rebuild and celebrate indigenous culture. This was also when Xu found out she was expecting - when the clues are disrupted, how does one trace the path back to his or her hometown? This documentary seeks life through life itself.

Director’s Biography

Hsu Hui-ju
Hsu Hui-ju was born in Kaohsiung,Taiwan. Her works include “Hard Good Life” (2003) “Inside” (2005) and “Hard Good Life 2” (2008). Her documentary films won her a number of awards including the New Asian Currents Award of Excellent at 2003 Yamagata International Documentary Festival. And has been selected to be screened in the section Regards Neufs (International Competition) of 2009 Visions du Reel festival in Switzerland.

South Taiwan Film Festival 2012
New Taipei City Documentary Film Festival 2012