SOAS University of London

Centre of Taiwan Studies

Film Screenings: (1) Sock' n Roll (臺灣黑狗兄) (2) Class 303 (303) (3) My Fancy High Heels (我愛高跟鞋) and Q&A with Director Ho Chao-ti

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Director Ho Chaoti
Speaker: Director Ho Chao-ti

Date: 13 February 2015Time: 2:00 PM

Finishes: 13 February 2015Time: 10:00 PM

Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings Room: KLT

Type of Event: Film

Screening Schedule:

14:00 - 15:15 Sock' n Roll 
17:00 - 18:00 Class 303
18:00 - 19:00 Coffee Break (with Coffee/Tea and Biscuits)
19:00 - 20:00 My Fancy High Heels
20:00 - 21:00 Q&A with Director Ho Chao-ti for Three of the Films
21:00 - 22:00 Reception

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My Fancy High Heels (我愛高跟鞋) and QandA with Director Ho Chao-ti

 

Sock' n Roll

Synopsis

With a large number of factories in the area, the hosiery industry forms the backbone and economic mainstay of a small rural town. One in two of the population makes their living from the production of socks. “Brother Black Dog” is of one of them and has been toiling day and night. However, one day in spring, his overseas orders suddenly disappear. He gets stuck in a midlife crisis.

For decades, workers just like Brother Black Dog have depended on the manufacture of socks to raise their families and realize their dreams. But a great economic crisis, like a Tsunami, is hitting this small town. People in the small town are worried that they won’t be able to survive amid global competitions in a year of worldwide depression.

In spite of all the bad news, Brother Black Dog remains hopeful, inspired by his good old days. Years before, his dreams of becoming a volleyball player were crushed by a car accident. With persistent injuries, he knows how important good socks are to athletes. Now he dreams of creating socks to protect people’s feet and works on designs for his own brand, aiming to reverse his fate of simply manufacturing subcontract OEM orders.

How will he survive the crisis? Can he realize his dream during his middle age? It is a real story of struggling about a man who will never give up.

Sock' n Roll Trailer

 

Sock' n Roll
Sock' n Roll

Class 303

Synopsis

This is Taiwan’s first documentary on the children of new immigrants. Arriving from Southeast Asia, new immigrants set down roots in Taiwan, and after years go by, they begin to raise a second generation. What kind of living environment fosters these tender young children of Taiwan?

In a grade school in Taiwan’s Taoyuan County, three children attend Class 303. Their parents come from Thailand, Burma and Indonesia, respectively. Two girls and one boy – they seem at first glance to be happy and brimming with life. Yet they have inherited the concerns of their immigrant parents.

Through the camera’s lens, they will tell viewers their very own stories of childhood: their joys and worries, how they view themselves, and the grown-up world around them.

Three ten-year-old children – who do they feel they are? What country do they think they belong to? What faith do they accept? How are they influenced by their parents?

Produced over the course of two and a half years, this film follows along as these three kids grow, telling a moving story from a little corner of Taiwan. 

Class 303 Trailer

 

Class 303
Documentary: Class 303

My Fancy High Heels

Synopsis

This is a film about dreams, and a tale bound together by beautiful high-heeled shoes. Brand-name high heels costing anywhere from $300 to $1000 – exactly who is it that makes them? From procuring the leather, to the assembly line, to the contract manufacturer, to the moment when lily-white feet slip into each pair of high heels, how many people’s hands do these shoes pass through? The farming woman who tends the cattle, the worker, the manager of the contract manufacturing firm, the young New York woman from a wealthy family who wears the shoes – they all have their own difficulties and little sources of happiness in life. This film adopts their dreams as its central theme, and reveals the story that lies behind a pair of beautiful high heel shoes.

Filmed over a period of two years, this documentary traces the footsteps of a pair of name-brand high-heeled shoes, from the border of China and Russia to the streets of Manhattan, from an impoverished farm town and the sanguinary spectacle of slaughtered cows and skinned hides, to the fashionable, prosperous metropolis. In the spring, the hide of the calves have just been skinned, and the woman assembly-line worker meticulously touches up every last detail of the shoes. By winter of the same year, those tiny details can be seen on the feet of a fashionable woman in New York City.

The impact of globalization on this world manifests itself in each pair of high heel shoes. Every link in the manufacturing chain is its own segment with its own story, and each has its own protagonist. Through the camera, we see the shoes the protagonists wear, ranging from 2 renminbi to 600 US dollars. The film reveals a young female assembly-line worker, with her own feelings of joy, disillusionment and sorrow; a Taiwanese businessman in China, managing a contract manufacturing firm and negotiating with international customers; the inner world of a fashionable, well-off young woman of New York; and the cruel realities of the slaughterhouse. The dreams of all these people reveal the disparities in their positions in life. Beneath the calm and quiet of the entire film lurks an enormous energy, like an immense poem floating amidst the affairs of the world.

My Fancy High Heels Trailer

 

My Fancy High Heels
My Fancy High Heels

Director's Bio

Ho Chao-ti is a producer and director of documentary films. For several years she has made motion pictures centered on marginalized communities and non-mainstream issues, such as the impact of globalization and contemporary cultural hybridity. In addition to her work as an independent filmmaker, she is production director for the Taipei office of CNEX Foundation.

Distinguished by a unique vision, Ho Chao-ti’s works have been featured in international film festivals in Europe, North America and Asia, receiving numerous awards. Her rich and complex cinematic vocabulary stirs the heart with an approach that is both gentle and trenchant. In recognition of her works’ artistic nature, one of her films has been screened at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. In recent years she has released a series of documentaries on international issues, to wide acclaim. Ho Chao-ti is the recipient of a grant from the Sundance Institute for her new work in progress, “Turning 18.” She is the first Taiwanese director to receive this honor.

Awards

Sundance Institute Fund Award
The Columbus International Film and Video Festival
– The Chris Awards – Honorable Mention
Montana CINE Film Festival – Honorable Mention
New York festivals- International Television & Film Awards
Taipei Film Festival – Special Jury Award
Champion, Shorts, 2011 Chinese Documentary Festival in Hong Kong
Japan Wildlife Film Festival 2011, Outstanding Message Award
Golden Harvest Award of Excellence, Taiwan

Officially Selected

MoMA’s Documentary Fortnight, NYC, US
London International Documentary Festival
I’ve Seen Films International Film Festival、
Vesoul International Film Festival of Asian Cinema
Green Screen International Wildlife Film Festival in Germany、
International Women’s Film Festival in Seoul、
10th IAWRT Asian Women's Film Festival in India
Guangzhou International Documentary Festival, China
Chinese Documentary Festival, Hong Kong
Taiwan International Ethnographic Film Festival
Women Make Waves Film Festival, Taiwan
Kaouhsiung Film Festival, Taiwan
South Taiwan Film & Video Festival
Yilan Green International Film Festival, Taiwan
Shanghai Mecooon Film Festival, China

Filmography 

- 303, 2012
- My Fancy High Heels, 2010
- Wandering Island, six documentaries series,
- Bras, 2009
- Dresses, 2009
- Designers, 2009
- Blue Jeans, 2009
- Shoes, 2009
- El Salvador Journal, 2009
- The Gangster’s God, 2006.
- Mouth of a Volcano, 2006.
- Cockroach Confidential, 2005.
- Squeezebox on the Road, 2003.
- County Road 184, 2001.

Organiser: Centre of Taiwan Studies

Contact email: bc18@soas.ac.uk