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 nearby 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!