Brian Hioe

A Feel-Good Story About Two Gay Dads and Their Son

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SWINGIN’ (輕鬆搖擺) aims to be a charmful, cute, and playful story, even as it touches on contemporary social issues still debated in Taiwanese society. The short film tells the story of eleven-year-old elementary schooler Qiu Qiu, who has two gay fathers, one of which is his biological father.

From No Man Is an Island
On June 18, 2021

A Single Photograph, An Infinitude of Moments

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A Review of Last Year When the Train Passed By (去年火車經過的時候). According to director Huang Pang-chuan (黃邦銓), the motivation for shooting the short film began with a whim—he took a photo while passing by a town on train one day and later began to wonder about the inhabitants of the houses that he had photographed.

From No Man Is an Island
On June 11, 2021

A Cacophony of Migrant Workers

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GUBUK (工寮), directed by So Yo-hen (蘇育賢), is a unique look at the experiences of “runaway” migrant workers in Taiwan, mixing fact and fiction, realism and the fantastical. As an experimental documentary that hopes to highlight the experience of migrant workers, the film is highly Brechtian.

From No Man Is an Island
On June 8, 2021

Examining Man’s Relation to Divinity in Taiwan

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IN TRANCE WE GAZE (恍惚與凝視的練習), directed by Singing Chen (陳芯宜), proves a nuanced, complex portrait of man’s relation to divinity in contemporary Taiwan.

From No Man Is an Island
On June 4, 2021

Sex, Lies and Coronavirus: Notes from the epicenter of Taipei’s new outbreak

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The outbreak started just across the street from me. The explosion of cases, which began on May 15th, has mostly been traced back to “tea parlors” in Bangka, the district of Taipei where I live.

From Popula
On June 2, 2021

What Happens When Activists Run For Office in China?

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LOST COURSE (迷航), a 2019 documentary covering nearly ten years of the protests in Wukan village in China, is a tour de force.

From No Man Is an Island
On May 28, 2021

The Hotel Between Life and Death

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A Review of Taipei Suicide Story (安眠旅舍). The hotel is one in which guests spend one night; either they decide to kill themselves at the end of that night, or they decide to give life another chance.

From No Man Is an Island
On May 25, 2021

A City Under Siege, in Body and Spirit

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A Review of Inside the Red Brick Wall (理大圍城)

From No Man Is an Island
On May 18, 2021

Diasporic Loss and Foreign Gods

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THE SHORT FILM, “Kuroshio Current,” aims to tell a story of diasporic loss framed by traditional Taiwanese folk religion.

From No Man Is an Island
On May 14, 2021

A Glimpse at Democracy in Motion

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TAKING BACK THE LEGISLATURE (佔領立法會), produced by the Hong Kong Documentary Filmmakers group, is a powerful document of one of the most dramatic events of the Hong Kong protests of summer 2019.

From No Man Is an Island
On May 11, 2021

A Tale of Two May 4ths

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For what it’s worth, probably more people the world over have heard of Star Wars than they have the May 4th Movement. But the May 4th Movement was a truly world-historic event, as one of the seminal moments in the founding of modern China.

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From No Man Is an Island
On May 7, 2021

Andrew Yang: The Man Without Qualities

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The model minority candidate for mayor of New York represents the status quo.

From Popula
On May 3, 2021

Cursed by the Experience of Exile

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The Story of Southern Islet (南巫) is a stunning film on every level, technically accomplished with an intricate and distinctive beauty.

From No Man Is an Island
On April 27, 2021

Animatronic Hells and Goddesses With GPS

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At Taiwan's largest religious festival, the sacred and the profane come in equal measure.

From No Man Is an Island
On April 20, 2021

Queer Desire, Queer Death

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Wrath of Desire (愛・殺) aims a poetic lens at gender fluidity and transformation.

From No Man Is an Island
On April 8, 2021