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IF THERE IS A REASON TO STUDY 學習的理由 (2016)

TAIWAN|2016|DOCUMENTARY|101 min

DIRECTOR:Adler Yang

PRODUCER:Adler Yang

PRESENTED BY:Awakening

2014 Opening Film for “Taiwan Kaohsiung Education Film Festival”  

2014 “South Taiwan Film Festival” Awarded the Best Documentary, selected for Human Rights Award

2014 Selected for “Sheffield International Documentary Festival”  

2014 Best New Documentary of Indonesia Jakarta International Movie Awards

2015 For Youth By Youth One to Watch Award of Asian American International Film Festival

2016 Humanitarian Award of Indonesia World Documentary Awards

2016 Selected for Silicon Valley International Film Festival

 

SYNOPSIS

Every child in Taiwan has to go through 9 years of compulsory education, and many of them have struggled in the system. But can it be done differently? RenWen (Humanity) is a Taiwan alternative junior high school where test scores and rankings don’t exist, students are encouraged to explore and learn at their own pace and according to their own interests.

 

However, to further their studies, RenWen students eventually have to take a standardized admission test, the BCT, which will direct them to different schools and life tracks based on their scores. Will the RenWen students be changed by this testing system? To find out the answer, director Adler Yang made the documentary If There Is A Reason To Study to record the struggles and changes of his fellow schoolmates.        

 

Yu-Xuan and Pei-Ling are both interested in art but believed getting into top universities is the only way to success. Xing-Hao, who loves music and intended to pursue it, was lost seeing his mentor gave up his dream to become a salary man. Li-Ann, with multiple talents including robotics, 3D animation and music, became complacent with his success in the test and abandoned his interests.        

 

When director Adler registered for the test to find out why everyone is so obsessed, he also got trapped in the system…        

​中文大綱

如果你的孩子熱愛跳舞,又課業優異,你會讓他發揮專長,還是勇敢築夢?

 

如果他對音樂、科學、設計、曲棍球…什麼都喜歡,卻樣樣不精、成績普通,你會讓他專精於一,還是繼續見識廣博?如果他方向茫然,不知道自己擅長什麼、喜歡什麼,你是否會讓他先安分讀書再說? 

或者你認為:孩子才十幾歲,有必要想這多? 台灣學生在國中三年級後,學習內容就得分流。怪的是,孩子成績越好,可選擇的學校越多。社會不成文的認知是,選擇學術高中,出路多;選擇職業學校,難回頭。面對未知的明天,十五歲的孩子,將何去何從? 

人文國中小是一所沒有分數與排名,讓學生廣泛探索自我的體制外學校。為了升學,這所學校的學生卻在2009年第一次面對基測。好奇心驅使,當時年僅十四歲,就讀人文國中小八年級的楊逸帆決定拿起攝影機拍攝《學習的理由》(原作:不想考基測)紀錄片,紀錄朋友們的升學心聲。

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