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Documentary film gives voice to the masses

The 8th Taiwan International Documentary Festival, which begins Oct. 19 at Taichung’s National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, aims to show the medium’s aesthetic changes

By Ian Bartholomew  /  Staff Reporter

These issues are highlighted in two elements of the film festival, the first in DIY (Document it Yourself), in which self-made films reveal new depth of intimacy for filmmaking, and the second in the segment on artist Ai Weiwei (艾未未), in which Yu admits that in the film Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry, it is the subject of the film who virtually directs the director to make the statements he chooses to make. “Ai uses the camera of the director (Alison Klayman) to say the things he wants to say,” Yu said.

“These are huge changes. These films are all very different from what used to be accepted as a documentary film. Of course, the traditional documentary that recorded events as they happen as a means to fight injustice is still very much alive, and it continues to have great value. It’s just that new things have been added to the mix, making documentary film much richer and more varied. This is a time of efflorescence for the documentary film,” Yu said.

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