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3215 Edition

October 7 - October 13, 2013

Church Ministry News

 

The 4th Murder By Numbers Film Festival Kicked Off To Urge A Rational Talk About The Plea Against The Death Penalty

 

 

Reported by Lin Yi-ying

 

 

October 10th is not only a country's birthday, but also a miserable day to execute Jiang Kuo-ching. In addition, it is the 11th World Day Against The Death Penalty. In order to engage a rational dialogue with Taiwan society, who overwhelmingly support the death penalty, 18 documentaries and movies will be introduced to the public in October. This film festival activity is supported by Taiwan Alliance to End the Death Penalty(TAEDP), Taiwan Association for Human Rights, Amnesty International Taiwan, Judicial Reform Foundation and EU Economic and Trade Office etc.

 

 

And these documentary films will be played for 35 sessions in the cities of Taipei, Taichung, Tainan and Kaoshiung each, with a major topics as "Lost/Murdered Faces - The 4th Murder By Numbers Film Festival". At the very same date, October 10th, similar anti-death penalty film festival will be held in Thailand, Malaysia, Hong Kong, expecting this plea for human rights could be rationally discussed in the Asian societies.

 

 

Ms. Lin Shin-yi, CEO of TAEDP, said that this film festival was roughly divided into 4 parts. Films in part 1 mainly expressed their concern over the victims abused by the death row convicts; films in part 2 discussed various problems after the death row convict was executed; films in part 3 talked about what if the real culprit showed up?; films in part 4 displayed the real stories of Asian death row convicts from Taiwan, China, Malaysia and Hong Kong.

 

 

Ms. Lin remarked this kind of film festival had been held for every 3 years in the past. The scale of the 4th Murder By Numbers Film Festival is the biggest ever, attending with so many films and simultaneously screen-played with many Asian cities. She admitted the pressure against this film festival from Taiwan society is still giant, as Taiwan's Ministry of Justice is likely to keep executing those death row convicts this year. But, Lin wished this film festival could build up a platform to dialogue with the public about the abolition of death penalty. Further, Lin wished one day Taiwan government could fulfill her solemn promise to international society, marching forward to abolish the death penalty!

 

Translated by Peter Wolfe

 

Photo by Lin Yi-ying

 

 

 
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Documentary About The Rebuilding of Hsiaolin Village Is Nominated To Compete In The Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival

 

 

Reported by Lin Yi-ying

 

 

"A gift from the Sky — The Tragedy of Hsiaolin Village, Part 2", a documentary directed by Lo Shin-chieh and his wife Wang Hsiu-ling, was nominated as one of 15 candidates to compete the famous Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival from October 10 to 17. There are 1,761 documentaries from 123 countries attending this film festival this year, and "A gift from the Sky" is the only one entry using Chinese language.

 

 

More than 600 people of Hsiaolin Village in the Kaohsiung area were buried alive by a catastrophic Morakot typhoon mudslide that wiped out a large part of the village on Aug. 8, 2009. "A gift from the sky" recorded in video the spiritual sojourn how six couples engaged to find a way out within this trauma. Either by traditional folk religious liturgy - "Kuan Loh Inn", recalling the loved ones from the hell, or by delving into giving birth of the child, these expressions show how the survived were struggling to placate the souls in suffering.

 

 

Through the images, this director couple also wish to expose various kinds of interest conflicts and human greed after volume resources flooded into the inflicted area. There were violent stand-offs within the survived villagers; blind motifs and cunning ideologies between the government, religious group and the financial conglomerate.

 

 

Regarding the restored "Hsiaolin Evening Sacrifice Festival", a Plain-Aboriginal liturgy initiated by the residents of Hsiaolin Village after the Morakot Typhoon mudslide, Director Lo made a sharp critique through interviews and pictures that it is nothing more than a common activity to earn living for the survived. The real purpose is to raise money from the government.

 

 

Though this film had received aid from The Foundation of National Art and Culture, Director Lo said this grant has never dominated his original intention to criticize the incompetence of Ma administration. He always thought, from the very beginning he shot "A Gift for Father’s Day — The Tragedy of Hsiaolin Village, Part 1" till "A gift from the Sky — The Tragedy of Hsiaolin Village, Part 2", the catastrophic thing to cause this Morakot Typhoon Mudslide was the ill-judged engineering plan to induce water across the nearby hills.

 

Translated by Peter Wolfe

 

Director couple: Director Lo Shin-chieh and his wife Wang Hsiu-ling

 

Photo by Lin Yi-ying

 

 

 

 

 
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A New Hakka Church Is Planted As The 20th Member of PCT Hakka Mission Presbytery

 

 

Reported by Hwang Yi-lek

 

 

In the afternoon of October 6th, a new Hakka church - Der Sheng Church - was established and held an opening service in Toufen Township, Miaoli. As the 300 attendants was too many to be accommodated into the limited church seats, a scaffolding canvas was set up within the neighboring alley to hold this service. Rev. Peng Rong-kwan, Speaker of Hakka Mission Committee, quoted the Bible verse of 1 Tiomothy 4: 11-14 to encourage the newly ordained evangelist Hsu Ya-chu: Well utilize personal gifts to serve the church and bring the blessings to the community. Rev. Peng reminded that though God blessed different gift to different shepherd, the most important thing is to care and help our sisters and brothers grow in spirit.

 

 

Evangelist Hsu initially spoke in Chinese to express her thanks, later she changed to use the Hakka language which was just learned one month ago to say her appreciation. Though her Hakka accent was not smooth enough, the intention to delve into the community was still endorsed and applauded by the attendants. Rev. Enoch Chen, Evangelical Chief of Hakka Mission Presbytery, pleaded the concerned sisters and brothers to be the intercessors and kept donating for the operation expense of this new church. He forecast that Hakka Mission Presbytery would plant 5 more churches before 2025, at a annual 5% growth rate of Hakka church members.

 

 

Der Sheng church, located around the Chong-yan Road in Toufen Township of Miaoli County, is the 20th Hakka church member of Hakka Mission Presbytery. The residents of Toufen Township and Shin-chu Scientic Industrial Park are their main pastoral concerns.

 

 

Translated by Peter Wolfe

 

 

Photo by Hwabg Yi-lek

 

 

 


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