Taiwan Chewing Gum. This is the name chosen for the short documentary I’ve been working on since now three months here in Taipei. This documentary short is born from the connection between Steven Domjancic, Canadian photographer in Taipei, and myself.
Far from the early storyboard sketches made on our first work meet in a Taipei coffee, Taiwan Chewing Gum is to date the most fascinating production project I’ve had the chance to work on.
Short documentary on the betel nut industry in Taiwan
This short movie (8 minutes) was filmed over the course of three months in Taiwan with locations in Taipei city and Nantou county – home of the countries’ largest betel nut farms.
The betel nut is an interesting side of the Taiwanese culture. Part of the countries ancestral traditions, chewing betel nuts is today a debated topic in Taiwan. A stimulant, a tolerated drug and a known carcinogen sold by young girls: a mix of topics that caught our attention.
I will publish in the coming days a longer blog post on the behind the scenes of this project.
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