This week ICAF, Chennai (Indo Cine Appreciation Foundation) is hosting a Taiwanese film festival. Today’s second film screened was Hang in There, Kids! (2016) by Laha Mebow. This is a feel-good movie about three young boys growing up in the mountains. The story happens in a farming village of Tayal people, who are indigenous to Taiwan Island.
Three boys studying in a community school, spend their evenings in an afterschool run by the local church and go about doing small hunting in the forest near-by to sell their catch to the visiting tourist by taking advantage of their aboriginal looks for quick money. Each of them come from a broken family and face individual challenges, but they hardly let it bother them by going with their days merrily.
I like this film as it opened a window to a culture that I knew little about and that it had kids featured prominently made it inspiring!