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Film on reconstruction of village to be shown in Taipei

2012/08/03 21:56:54

Taipei, Aug. 3 (CNA) A documentary featuring a central Taiwan village that was lashed by devastating Typhoon Morakot in 2009 will be shown in Taipei next week, the organizer said Friday.

The film, which tells the story of a group of tea farmers from Taihe Village in Chiayi County's Meishan Township and how the storm has changed their lives, will be broadcast Aug. 6, ahead of the third anniversary of Morakot.

The storm triggered the worst flooding in Taiwan in 50 years, toppling dozens of houses and damaging vital infrastructure in the mountainous village, where most residents relied on tea farming to make a living.

After surviving the disaster,“the farmers began to rethink their relationship with nature,”said the Taipei-based Taiwan Environmental Information Association, which is organizing the showing.

Deeply affected by the devastation of the land, the main characters in the documentary have chosen to adopt greener farming practices and now refuse to use chemical fertilizers to grow their tea, as part of efforts to protect the environment, the association said.

Many people have negative impressions about tea fields because they are usually created by farmers cutting down trees to make room for tea bushes. This makes it harder to conserve water and also increases the likelihood of mudslides in the event of heavy rain.

However, things have changed in the village.

During the reconstruction process, the residents decided to respect nature more, and farmers started to plant trees in their tea fields and adopt organic farming methods, the group said.

Established in 2001, the association is a nonprofit group dedicated to environmental protection and living in harmony with nature, according to its official website.

(By Elaine Hou)