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From Island to Island

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  • Taiwan
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290 min
  • DCP
  • History
  • Culture
  • WWII
  • Colonization


During World War II, Taiwan was part of the Japanese Empire. This documentary explores the experiences of Taiwanese soldiers, doctors, and overseas residents in Southeast Asia during that time. Using cross-generational memory dialogues, family letters, diaries, and videos, the film addresses the complexities of Taiwan's historical memory and diverse identities during that period.

Director Statement

As an intermediary who immigrated from Malaysia to Taiwan, it gives me the courage to make this film. Although I do not deny that personally, there is anger and incomprehension towards the 70 years of silence in Taiwanese society; in Malaysia, we live with constant reminders from our elders to remember the cruelty that has happened to us. I believe that humanity can be shaped; unless we accumulate maturity in our thinking through intergenerational dialogues, we will continue to be mediocre. This is the beginning of my personal resistance, refusing to become a mediocre person

Festivals & Awards

2024 Taipei Film Awards - Grand Prize and Best Documenatary

2024 TIDF - Nominated for Asian Vision Competition, Taiwan Competition and TIDF Visionary Award


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