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Thoughts on the film ‘Seediq Bale’

By Michael Stainton 史邁克

I look forward to seeing the full movie. There have been commercially successful four-hour movies, Gone with the Wind for one, shown with an intermission. It is tragic that Taiwan’s richly diverse and constantly creative culture suffers from a lack of confidence that Seediq Bale — its full humanity — will win the applause of the world on its own terms.

Wei and film coproducer John Woo (吳宇森) should say with Mona Rudao: “Let’s do it.”

The Reverend Michael Stainton is an anthropologist associate of the York University Centre for Asian Research in Canada. He spent many years as a missionary working and living with Taiwan’s Aborigines and is currently president of the Taiwanese Human Rights Association of Canada. His Atayal name is Payas.

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