I especially like documentaries
I like! I was planning to follow Hu Tai-Li's documentaries for a long while. In the first sequence, Hu Tai-Li is filmed sitting with the native residents of the Orchid Island, she introduces herself as an anthropologist and lets us hear some reactions from the residents on the overwhelming presence of researchers, tourists, and media on their islands. I thought it was an intelligent way to start an ethnographic documentary; preparing your viewers to the material of the footage, warning that your presence, although behind a screen, can be invasive.
The debut of all debuts. At the beginning, Jonas declares that it's an unfinished piece of film, and I know that it will always be unfinished no matter how complete it was, because it extends into me.
"The state of happiness is when you’re with friends and you have food and good conversation and lifted voices and you drink and eventually, where I come from, we sing and dance. It’s an intense moment of existence. There are many people who…
"Let's sit down here, my dearest,
Look and see how much I care.
I will listen to the tempest
Under your submissive stare.
All this golden vegetation
And this fair lock of hair,
They have come just like salvation
Of the loafer free of care.
Long ago I left my village
With the blooming fields and thicket,
Tempted by the city image
And the life of fame, so wicked.
So I buried in oblivion
Orchard, summer I enjoyed
Where I, to the frogs' singing,
Raised myself to be a poet."
- Sergei Yesenin, 1923