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How do we imagine a fish? A gentle giant of the sea safe under our boundless care, or a favorite on the dining table – a product of our endless wants?
“Dive With You” charts fragments in the lives of whale sharks. From swimming free in the ocean, to entrapment by fishing nets, to becoming exhibits in aquariums before an inevitable untimely death. It reveals whale sharks’ irreversible life journey.

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Whale sharks, the biggest fish in the sea. They are enormous and gentle. Our cultural values and the choices we make will determine their future.


Diving with You follows the evolution of Taiwan's relationship with the whale shark across the past two decades. While narrating the story of Taiwan's ban on whale shark hunting, this documentary goes further by depicting this easygoing animal's continued struggle for survival against difficult odds. Following the whale shark's migratory path across Pacific Asia, Diving with You also examines the development of whale shark tourism, especially whale shark °ßswim°® activities, and how such programs reflect upon 21st-century efforts to protect our planet's marine heritage.

Examining the transnational habitat of whale sharks, Diving with You illustrates how modern society uses this °ßgentle giant°® of the deep as a centerpiece of both aquarium displays and pricey banquets, and is now seeking new ways of °ßpackaging°® whale sharks for economic gain. But whale sharks can also touch the soul and change the lives of those who cross their peaceful path. Whale sharks provide a window into how we all treat the oceans and respect the sanctity of life.


PRODUCTION TEAM



Director: Chin-Yuan Ke


「My camera can make a difference.」

Chin-Yuan Ke was born and raised in Shenkang Township, Changhua County; a coastal village, where a clear stream ran in front of his home. Villagers would do their laundry, take baths, catch fish and shrimps in the stream, and use the water for irrigation. Unfortunately, heavy industry has taken its toll, with dried farmland, polluted air and industrial sewage drainage contaminating the once clean stream.

In the face of environmental injustices, Ke began to advocate for vulnerable communities through the power of his lens. Since 1980 he has been recording and presenting stories of Taiwanese people and ecology. He has also visited jungles, Polar Regions, Mount Everest and countless mountains and islets all over the world. In over 32 years as a photographer and filmmaker, he has produced more than 20 documentaries, 400 plus feature reports, over 200,000 images and text files of fieldwork, and has participated in the production of more than 200 program episodes on environmental issues.

His documentaries have won more than 20 awards at national and international film festivals like Taiwan TV Golden Bell Awards, Taipei Film Festival, German animal, nature and environmental film festival – NaturVision, Korean Green Film Festival, USA International Wildlife Film Festival, New York festivals: 2011 World’s Best Television & Films, and Spanish “Telenatura” film festival.
2000 【Messages from the faults】
2003 【Amorgos】【ROC Wuchiou.ROC】
2004 【Biographies of Macaques】【Remember Corel Reef】
2005 【Pray for Dongsha】【Beyond Heaven and Earth】
         【Monkey War and Peace】
2007 【The Squid Daddy's Labor Room】【Road to Heaven】
2008 【Stepping into the South Pole】
2009 【Top of the Dream】【Reaching The Peak】
2010 【Swing】【Song of the Forest】【Formosa vs. Formosa】
2011 【Ebb and Flow】【Ebb and Flow: Images of the Coast】
2013 【Take My Breath Away】【Black Tears of the Land】
2014 【Dive With You】








Director for Post-Production: Zhi-Zong Su

Zhi-Zong Su fell in love with the ocean when he started diving in 1978. From 1991 he has captured images of the ocean with his camera. He has been in charge of live broadcasting work for ‘Our Ocean – Companying Coral Reef Laying eggs’ and had a hand in many documentaries and news reports. As a senior wildlife photographer and marine conservationist, he has been involved in environmental education and squid conservation at the Northeast coast of Taiwan since 1998. He has been a producer of PTS programs ‘Our Island’, ‘Lessons for the Big Earthquake’ and ‘Nature Park’ and a director of a documentary ‘Kung Fu Island’. He has also worked with Chin-Yuan Ke on many documentaries.
Underwater Videographer: Tao-jen Kuo

Tao-jen Kuo fell in love with the ocean when he started diving in 1978. From 1991 he has captured images of the ocean with his camera. He has been in charge of live broadcasting work for. Our Ocean °V Companying Coral Reef Laying eggs' and had a hand in many documentaries and news reports. As a senior wildlife photographer and marine conservationist, he has been involved in environmental education and squid conservation at the Northeast coast of Taiwan since 1998.
Composer: Chung Lin

Chung Lin released his first album in 1990 and has since lent his talent to a range of recordings including soundtracks for films, documentaries and television adverts. He often works with Director Hsiao-Hsien Hou from Taiwan, Director Zhang-Ke Jia from China. Alongside music, Lin has acted in films, played as a DJ, and works with other artists on computer visuals, dancing, puppets, religious festivals, ancient music instruments and installation art. He has performed in China, Malaysia, Singapore, France and Switzerland. He is also involved in promoting Creative Commons in Taiwan.

Recent soundtrack works:
2008 《24 City》(Director: Zhang-Ke Jia)
2008 《Shanghai Trance》 (Director: David Verbee)
2008 《Tree of us》 (Director: Hung-I Yao)
2009 《Yang Yang》 (Director: Yu-chieh Cheng)
2010 《R U There》 ( Director: David Verbeek)
2010 《Deep in the Clouds》(Director: Jie Liu)
2011 《Hometown Boy》(Director: Hung-I Yao)
2013 《A Touch of Sin》(Director: Zhang-Ke Jia)
Coordinator: Li-Ping Yu

After getting her masters degree in marine environment, Li-Ping Yu stepped into the world of media for the environment, educating the public through her words and videos. After working as a journalist Yu is now the producer of PTS news program ‘Our Island’.

Her documentary ‘Ferrying Across: the Tamsui River’ won the ‘Best of Earth Vision’ of 19th Earth Vision – Tokyo Global Environmental Film Festival. ‘Hermit Crabs in Plastic Houses’, a documentary also directed by Yu, has been on short lists of several film festivals nationally and internationally. Yu received several journalist awards for news reports on ‘Rescue Wild Animals’ and ‘Dreams of Technology’.


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