Director Midi Z receives special mention for documentary

2017/10/11 23:10:01
Midi Z (趙德胤, left)/photo courtesy of Taiwan Cultural Center, Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office

Midi Z (趙德胤, left)/photo courtesy of Taiwan Cultural Center, Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office

Tokyo, Oct. 11 (CNA) Taiwan-based director Midi Z (趙德胤) received special mention at the 2017 Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival on Wednesday.

Z was recognized for his documentary "City of Jade," at the festival's award ceremony at Yamagata Central Public Hall in Japan.

In a telephone interview with CNA after the ceremony, Z said he was very lucky and was pleasantly surprised at the recognition because it was his first documentary and he was up against more experienced filmmakers.

"City of Jade" would not have made it without the support of Taiwan's Public Television Service, said the director, who is from Myanmar and studied film making in Taiwan.

"I am really thankful to Taiwan," he said.

City of Jade premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival in 2016 and won the Best Original Film Score award at the Golden Horse Awards that same year.

The film documents parts of Z's life, in particular his reunion with his brother in Myanmar after spending 16 years in Taiwan.

After such a long separation, "I somehow used my film to understand him and the rest of my family," Z said.

(By Huang Ming-hsi and William Yen)
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