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Taiwanese documentary wins international awards

2019/01/26 17:29:07

Photo courtesy of Endemic Species Research Institute

Taipei, Jan. 26 (CNA) "The Way Home," a Taiwanese documentary on endangered species, grabbed three awards of excellence at The Accolade, a top-tier global film competition, the Endemic Species Research Institute (ESRI) said Saturday.

The documentary, which took eight years to plan and two years to make, was honored for excellence in Nature/Environment/Wildlife, Cinematography, and Public Service Programming, said ESRI director Yang Jia-dong (楊嘉棟).

Shot in 4K resolution, "The Way Home" features beautiful time-lapse photography of many extinct flowers blooming, the ESRI said separately in a statement.

The award-winning documentary also captures the recovery of the endangered Spathoglottis plicata Blume on Orchid Island, known as the species' home, and Green Island, according to the ESRI.

Spathoglottis plicata Blume was commonly seen on Orchid Island until they were picked in large quantities, Yang said.

Commenting on the challenges of making the documentary, Yang said the film crew had to make arduous journeys to reach the places where the rare plants were growing, and some crew members fell into a creek and broke their teeth.

"The plants are not like human actors," Yang said, noting that it often took long waits to get a single shot.

Established in 2003, the Accolade Global Film Competition is a worldwide avant-garde competition aimed at giving talented directors, producers, actors, creative teams and new media creators the positive exposure they deserve, according to its website.

Each year, the competition receives thousands of entries, and their quality and creativity are celebrated in four levels of awards: Best of Show, Award of Excellence, Award of Merit, and Award of Recognition, the website said.

"The Way Home" is just the latest Taiwanese documentary to garner international recognition.

Last year, two Taiwanese documentaries on Yushan (Jade Mountain), the highest peak in Taiwan, won Platinum Remi awards at the WorldFest-Houston International Film & Video Festival in the United States.

(By Yu Hsiao-han and Chung Yu-chen)