ABOUT THE FILM
As part of the Shared Stories Film Series, LOVE BOAT: TAIWAN looks at the allure of the Taiwan Love Boat, one of the longest running summer programs in the world, where college-aged Taiwanese Americans get closer to their history, their culture and each other. Throughout its history the Love Boat has served as a political tool for Taiwan’s government, as a means for Taiwanese American parents to insure the preservation of Taiwanese bloodlines, and as a site for romance for young Taiwanese Americans, reflecting Taiwan’s history as well as the history of the Taiwanese American community.
Two short films Kwabena and Pozole will be shown before the feature film. Q&A with the Director to follow.
Dir. by Déwun Owusu
Narrated and captured by filmmaker Déwun Owusu, “Kwabena” drops you in the middle of a once in a lifetime event. Powered by mystery, revelation and raw emotion, “Kwabena” expressively captures an extraordinary human experience that sticks with you long after the conclusion of the film.
Dir. by Jessica Mendez Siqueiros
Maia is a mixed-race Latina woman who is trying to reconnect with her traditional Mexican roots. She is attending her Nana's 100th birthday, but things go terribly wrong when it's revealed that Maia is the most controversial of things: a vegetarian. The news is enough to shock Nana into an early death.
In the ensuing chaos, Maia struggles with feeling alienated from a family that doesn't seem to understand her -- and feels free to judge her choices openly to her face. Faced with being the permanent "gringa" outsider in the family, will she have to give up valued facets of her identity in order to be part of her family?