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Little Roxie Mon, Jun 1, 2015 8:15 PM
Film Info
Director:Ke Chin-Yuan
Year of Production:2014
Film Type:Feature
Premiere Status:USA Premiere
Environmental health
Running Time:57 min


Mandarin with English subtitles

Rice is fundamental to Taiwanese diets. But as water contamination increases, farmers' efforts are no longer being rewarded with golden paddy and delicate rice. Black shows the increasing tension between industry and agriculture as wastewater pollution infiltrates the rice fields. Filmmaker Ke Chin-Yuan reveals the hopes and fears of elderly farmers that can only bring their rice back to life if violations are enforced and a secure source of clean water is brought back to their fields.

2014 Finalist, 16th Taipei Film Awards, Taiwan
2014 Finalist, Taiwan International Documentary Film Festival

DISCUSSION WITH: Steve Fisher and Jason Jaacks, directors, Silent River (short).

You might also like to see My Name is Salt (May 31) or Just Eat It (June 2).

Community Partner:
Center for Asian American Media

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Additional Information

Ke Chin-Yuan was born in Shenkang Township, Changhua County in 1962. From 1993-2006, he was a columnist covering political, economic, and ecological issues for monthly magazines. This work includes more than 200,000 environmental images, over 400 in-depth features, 3 books, and over 200,000 written words of fieldwork reporting on Taiwan's environment. He has won or been nominated for over 70 awards since 1997 and is currently a producer in the News Department of Taiwan Public Television Service.