Project Description

Length:  10mins14secs

Director: Joseph Aldo Dalla Betta


“Meizhou Island,” the birthplace of the sea goddess Mazu, is a short film about the fading fishing industry and the booming tourism industry on the island.

“Meizhou Island” presents contrasting perspectives on the sea goddess Mazu that are illuminative of a larger cultural shift occurring on the island. The transition away from what has, for decades, been the traditional way of earning a living in Mazu’s homeland into what has recently become the more lucrative occupation is explored through interviews with a few local fishermen and a tourist cart driver with a big personality.