Where: The Museum of Modern Art
11 West 53 Street, New York, NY
MoMA will present two sneak previews of Wei Te-sheng’s historical epic, fresh from its recent world premiere at the Venice Film Festival. The film offers a unique retelling of a little-known episode from 20th-century history: between 1895 and 1945, Taiwan was a Japanese colony inhabited by both Han Chinese immigrants and the remnants of the aboriginal tribes who first settled the land.
In 1930 Mouna Rudo, the leader of one of these Seediq tribes, forged a coalition with other Seediq tribal heads and plotted a rebellion against their Japanese colonial masters. Wei Tesheng’s previous film, Cape No. 7, became Taiwan’s highest-grossing film ever, thus allowing him to realize this ambitious passion project, which has been in the planning stages for a decade. The film will be introduced by director Wei.
These two screenings of Warriors of the Rainbow: Seediq Bale is part of the series In Focus: Fortissimo Films, which runs November 10–21, 2011.