Silent Cello



In year 2000, American cellist David Darling came to the far mountains in southern Taiwan. He was stunned when he first heard the pure voices of Bunu children. “That day,” he said,” my cello became silent.” Two years later, he returned to the aborigine village with an unprecedented music plan-using his cello and the Bunu voice to start a music conversation.

This 55-minute documentary follows the footsteps of the cellist and wholly records David’s stay in the Bunu village: the recording process, the interaction with the local and with nature. The director takes an outsider view, honestly displaying the motion among the aborigines, Han people, and western culture. Here, music is the only language. Thanks to music, people of different culture build up a strong friendship. Through the usage of colorful images, clear strong music, and the deep in-holding emotions, the film presents a humble village, a group of harmonious people, and a touching clash of eastern and western music.

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54 minutes


Betacam, Color


Chang Han

Born in 1974, Taipei Taiwan. Graduated from Beijing Film Academy and returned to his homeland Taiwan to start his film career. He participated in dozens of TV commercials and music videos, though still searching for his own role in the image world. “Silent Cello” is his first documentary.

Shen Ke-Shang

Shen Ko-Shang, born in 1972, Taipei, Taiwan. At the age of 18, he decided to be a hippie. After graduating, Ko-Shang balanced between doing his creative works and surviving in the harsh film industry. In 2001, His experimental documentary "Silent Delta" won him various awards and opposing criticisms around the world.