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Beyond Beauty: Taiwan From Above

Taiwan | 2013 | 93 minutes | Chi Po-Lin

Astonishing aerial cinematography reveals the shorelines, mountaintops, cityscapes, farmer’s fields, rivers, and social life of the island nation, delivering a sweet environmentalist and humanist message.

May 21, 2014
AMC Pacific Place 11  
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May 23, 2014
Lincoln Square Cinemas  
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A document of Taiwan from an aerial perspective, Beyond Beauty: Taiwan From Above introduces viewers to the island nation's rich landscapes while also revealing the environmental effects of human development. Director and cinematographer Chi Po-lin captured his footage over the course of hundreds of hours spent filming from a helicopter, employing the geographical expertise that he developed as a photographer for the National Highway Engineering Bureau. The documentary describes both the "beauty and sorrow" of Taiwan by juxtaposing awe-inspiring views of its mountains and coastlines with images of industrial devastation that are equally affecting. The heart of the film is a sobering examination of the extensive pollution and destruction caused by factory waste, heavy logging, overharvesting of cash crops, and high levels of electricity use. No single individual or agency is accused of bearing the blame for the state of affairs, but the film presents the undeniable reality of the damage and urges audiences to acknowledge the truth. This environmentalist wake-up call garnered the 2013 Taipei Film Festival's award for Best Documentary, as well as a pledge from President Ma Ying-jeou to begin work on many of the problems highlighted in the film.

Director Biography

Chi Po-lin is an aerial photographer who left his job to create Taiwan Aerial Imaging, Inc., a production team dedicated solely to creating Beyond Beauty: Taiwan From Above. This debut effort broke national box office records and received vast critical acclaim.

Sponsored by Ministry of Culture, Republic of China (Taiwan), Delta Air Lines

Director: Chi Po-Lin
Principal Cast: Narrated by: Wu Nien-Jen
Country: Taiwan
Year: 2013
Running Time: 93 minutes
Producer: Amy Chiung-Yao Tseng
Screenplay: Tsui Chi-Chuan
Cinematographers: Chi Po-Lin
Editors: Kuo Yu-Ning
Music: Ricky Ho
Website: Official Film Website
Awards: Worldfest International Film Festival Houston 2014 (Jury Special Prize, Best Documentary, Cinematography),Taipei Film Festival 2013 (Best Documentary)
Filmography: Debut Feature Film
Language: Mandarin
HasSubTitles: Yes
Format: DCP
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