Reel Taiwan: Selected Films from Fragrant Formosa (1970s–80s)

Shot on 16mm film, the Taiwanese documentary television series Fragrant Formosa (1975-1980) constitutes a major rediscovery for those curious about the island's cultural history in recent decades.


Shot on 16mm film, the Taiwanese documentary television series Fragrant Formosa consists of 34 episodes; the first season was aired on Taiwan's China Television Company (CTV) in 1975, and the second season at the end of 1980. They are considered important Taiwanese ‘local documentaries’ for their historical and cultural values.

Thanks to the continued efforts of the Taiwan Film and Audiovisual Institute (TFAI), the series has re-emerged in digitised form after years of silence, with some of the episodes fully restored. In this programme, we select nine episodes featuring Taiwanese local traditions, folk cultures, indigenous communities, and common people’s occupations, offering the viewer a glimpse at the norms and values of Taiwanese mainstream society of a bygone era.


Taiwan International Documentary Festival.

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