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Taiwan filmmakers stir a debate over documentary’s soul

This article was written by Yali Chen.

Fact or fiction? Commercial or non-commercial? The development of Taiwan’s documentary is now at a crossroads.

In 2007, local director Yang Li-chou made a film on a poor indigenous woman who raised her seven grandchildren by growing peaches in Jiashih, Hsinchu County, because their parents had killed themselves.

The film, commissioned and produced by a business magazine, sparked controversy. Many people made donations because of her touching story, but critics slammed the commissioner for manipulation and exploitation of that aboriginal family to earn huge profits. Yang and his documentary gained instant notoriety from some negative media coverage.

Read the rest of this article from Taiwan News.

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