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Realm of Reverberations
A documentary that probes deep into the complex politics and histories of a Taiwanese leper colony and its proposed demolition.
Built by the Japanese colonial government in the early 20th century on the outskirts of Taipei, Losheng Sanatorium is a leper colony that, at its most populous, was home to thousands. When it was slated for demolition to make way for a train depot, the Losheng Preservation Movement sprung up around the site to protest its destruction and the relocation of its remaining occupants.
Populating the film’s four vignettes are various individuals—some whose destinies are intertwined with that of the sanatorium, and others who are deeply committed to fighting for the sanatorium’s residents. Realm of Reverberations is a stunning monument to the cycles of construction and destruction that accompany progress in a contemporary society, and the private narratives of those brought to heel by higher powers.
Cast & Credits
Chen Chieh-jen is an influential figure in Taiwanese conceptual art who has challenged the limits of freedom of expression under martial law with guerrilla performances and public interventions. Chen works extensively on themes concerning those marginalised by the political economy, and has received acclaim for his photography, installation, performance and video art.
Chen Chieh-yi, Chen Mao-jung