Imaging the Avant-Garde Program 3: Taiwan's Film Experiments in the 1960's
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Program 3: I Didn’t Dare Tell You Introduced by Wood Lin, Program Director, Taiwan International Documentary Festival (TIDF) I Didn’t Dare Tell You (US premiere) Mou Tun-fei, Taiwan, 1969, 35mm transferred to video, 78 min., Chinese w/ English subtitles Born in China in 1941, Mou Tun-fei moved to Taiwan in 1949. He declared cinema his lifework when he was still an art college student. I Didn't Dare to Tell You is among the nation’s first independent titles, but went unreleased for unknown reasons, though rumor has it that the realistic depiction of the stifling society in I Didn’t Dare to Tell You could be the cause. A primary school student secretly works a night job to pay off his father's gambling debts, and as a result constantly dozes off during classes in the day. When the teacher investigates, a series of family disputes ensues.