When the Village Encounters the Country


“When the Village Encounters the Country” is a representation of the suppression the aborigines faced in the country system for the past thousands of years. This is a record of the Smangus people protesting to the regime of the country. A chain reaction was caused after they made the plea, including forcing the government to recognize the traditional territory of the aborigines and the legislation, and the introspection of the aborigines at the same time.

“This is the pure power from the tribe”. The Elmwood incident in Smangus did not involve any religious or political manipulation. It began as a simple idea of the tribespeople to protest to the country system. This is especially valuable in the aboriginal society nowadays. Through this film festival, we hope that all tribes who live on this land will realize that, the autonomy and self-respect of the aborigines’ living in Taiwan cannot be compromised.

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28 minutes


Betacam, Color


Pisuy Masaw

Bisui Mashao (Atayal)
Daily News, Executive Producer, Public Television Services News reporter, Aborigine TV Station Formosa Aboriginal News Magazine and anchorman for Aborigine News Journal Aborigine TV Station.

Vikung LaLegeam

Vingun Lalengeang (Paiwan)
Paiwan tribesman from Sandimen, Pingtung County. He was a press photographer for Hei-chao Broadcasting Corp. for 2 years, and press photographer at Public Television Services forFormosa Aboriginal News Magazine for 8 years. Currently he is a press photographer for the Formosa Aboriginal News Magazineof the Aborigine TV Station, and writer and director for the Indigenous Image program.