Documentary on the Dying Art of Glove Puppetry Opens Vancouver Taiwanese Film Festival

Chen Hsi-huang is a master of a dying art. The latest effort to preserve it leans on the most modern of technology as well as a most eternal of struggles.

Father, the documentary that follows Mr. Chen’s story, opens the Vancouver Taiwanese Film Festival on Friday. The festival is in its 12th year and aims to showcase Taiwan’s breathtaking natural scenery and vibrant cultures, including its aboriginal culture. As the festival notes on its website, it is the only large-scale Taiwanese film exhibition in North America.

In Father, renowned Taiwanese director Li-chou Yang depicts the efforts of an octogenarian puppet master to preserve budaixi. The art, known as glove puppetry, is deeply woven into the traditional culture of Taiwan, but few remain who practise it. Read More via TheGlobeAndMail.

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