The Stories of Rainbow


In the Atayal legend, the soul of a deceased person will arrive at the Atayal heaven via the rainbow after they die. And the face tattoo is the only way that they can rely on to get to the rainbow. This film is a documentary about the viewpoints of the elders who have tattooed their faces. It portrays how the elders go with their everyday life in the mountains; it also shows how deeply the elders long for the lost family members, friends and the homeland, as well as their feelings about the impending return to the rainbow.

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55 minutes


DV, Color


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Pilin Yapu

Director’s Bio: Pilin Yapu Indigenous Tribe: Attayal Domicile/Tribe: Mbwaman Tribe, Tai’an Township, Miaoli County Current Job: Principal of the Daguan Elementary School, Heping District, Taichung Education: the Department of Art of Hsinchu Teacher’s College; the Department of Fine Arts of Taichung University of Education; the Graduate School of Ethnology of the National Chengchi University
1996 Where Have All Our Property Gone?
1998 The Stories of Rainbow
1999 The Highway in the Tribe
2000 Building up Bridges and Dreams
2001 Building Ways for a New Tribe
2002 Come Closer to the Ancestral Spirits
2003 Our Graduation
2008 Risheng Tribe
2009 Thousand Years-Ancient , Ancestral Footsteps
2012 Wushe Alan-Gluban, The taxi to Heaven