Documentary︱53’40”︱2014︱Taiwan︱HD︱Color︱English Narration & Subtitles
2014, Official Selection, 8th GREEN SCREEN: International Wildlife Film Festival, Eckernförde, Germany
2014, Finalist, Best Cinematography, Golden Bell Awards, Taiwan
2014, Nomination for Best Natural History or Wildlife Programme/Best Cinematography, Asian Television Awards, Singapore
She is the Zhuo
shui – Taiwan’s . Mother River
has many faces. She can be an arid desert as well as a writhing torrent. She is
Zhuo shui River ’s
longest river, covering some 187 kilometers and spanning nearly half of the
People have lived along her banks for far longer than history records. They have profited from bountiful harvests nourished by her waters and fertile soils. Although many people have sought to make their mark on her, the impact she has made on them has been far more significant and enduring.
Sediments carried by the Zhuo
from deep within the island’s interior is responsible for creating Taiwan’s
largest alluvial plain, today the nation’s breadbasket, and its expansive
western mudflats. Further, the Zhuoshui sediments built ’s largest shoreline sandbar
landscape – the Waisanding Sand Bar. The Zhuoshui’s riverine silt has enriched
all it has touched. Today, farmers grow a cornucopian variety of crops in the Zhuoshui’s
alluvial soils, raise sweet watermelons where her piled silt meets the Taiwan Taiwan Strait waters, and harvest oysters in her wide
estuary. These are just some of her myriad gifts.
Today, however, industry has drained the life from the Zhuoshui and massive weirs now loom like grey behemoths, choking off the natural flow of her waters. Although her great spirit now gasps for breath, people continue to exploit what little remains to sustain their needs and their way of life.