Archive for August, 2007

Flamenco in Taipei
Lian is a young woman who lives in Taipei, Taiwan. She dances flamenco and dreams about Spain. To her, Spain is the place of freedom, the place were she can be ”herself”. I met Lian in Taipei and travelled with her to Mazu, a little island close to the cost of mainland China.
She danced, we talked, I filmed.
The video is about an unusually strong woman who manages to visualize her dreams, despite a hard everyday life and the expectations from the society on how a woman is supposed to make her choices. What interested me, as a European, is the aspect of exoticism and romanticism towards such other cultures an how it works both ways. What is exotic? Who is exotizing whom?