Beyond Beauty: Taiwan from Above is the highest grossing documentary in Taiwan history and the first film that documents this region from an aerial perspective. The audience is taken on a bird’s-eye journey by helicopter across Taiwan’s various landscapes, with background music by award-winning composer Ricky Ho. The documentary describes the “beauty and sorrow” of Taiwan by juxtaposing awe-inspiring views of its rich biodiversity with images of industrial devastation wrought by humans.
Chi Po-lin, a veteran aerial photographer-turned-filmmaker, took tens of thousands of images of the island during helicopter trips over the past two decades. While it is not the film’s agenda to hold individuals or organizations accountable for the state of the environment, the film presents the undeniable reality of the damage and urges viewers to acknowledge the truth. It is a deeply disquieting wake-up call that garnered a pledge from President Ma Ying-jeou to begin work on many of the environmental problems highlighted in the film. — KE
Xiang Hong, Lai Cing-soong, Nolay Piho
Chi Po-lin is an aerial photographer who created Taiwan Aerial Imaging, Inc., a production team dedicated exclusively to create Beyond Beauty: Taiwan From Above. This debut effort broke national box office records and received wide critical acclaim.
Best Documentary—Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival 2014
Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival 2013
Osaka Asian Film Festival 2014
Seattle International Film Festival 2014