SOAS University of London

Centre of Taiwan Studies

Director Shih Ho Feng 施合峰 Director's Q&A Session: "The Scenery Through the Smog 風從哪裡來"

Director Shih Ho Feng 施合峰

Date: 18 February 2021Time: 2:30 PM

Finishes: 18 February 2021Time: 4:00 PM

Venue: Virtual Event

Type of Event: Virtual Event

This session will be held using Microsoft Teams.

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"The Scenery Through the Smog 風從哪裡來" Synopsis

In this film, we see people’s lives intertwined in a remote town in Taiwan. Their stories show difficulties they face in their respective lives and are witnesses to the environmental changes of the town. Day and night, smokes come out of the chimneys of the plant, the plant that provides employment for the town people. The issue in hand is not simply about the environment, but also a town’s people and their livelihood.When confronted with changes, where can you go and what can you do? When presented with the dilemma between livelihood and environment, what would be your choice?

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Shih Ho Feng 施合峰 Director's Statement

Hsieh Ho Feng Profile

This is a film about air pollution, and also a story about "home." The documentary follows eight characters living near Taiwan's largest petrochemical plant in Yunlin County, and each of them has their own memories of home. They might be fishermen, the cracking plant’s employees, or simply just residents living ordinary lives like the most of us, but they have to endure pollutants emitted by the plant’s 400 chimneys every single day. Some of them choose to stay. Some choose to leave. Some couldn’t leave. But all of these choices are made because there are no other options. In the end, it is helplessness that we choose.

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