Mountain mists start rolling into a village in early autumn, setting an atmosphere of idyllic, tribal life, but things ramp up with two events–an upcoming local election and the return of a granddaughter who was studying abroad, sparking a chain of events that will change this close-knit family with the desire for modernity on everyone’s mind. Hayung, the patriarch of the family’s recent death; Pasang, the eldest son, entering the local village chief election; said granddaughter bringing a foreign beau to meet the future “in-laws.” Things come to a crucial turning point as these events may break apart this tight-knit family that have been rooted in this village for over eight decades.
GAGA is the latest film from Laha Mebow, the first female indigenous director in Taiwan–her debut feature HANG IN THERE, KIDS! (2016) was the island nation’s entry to the Academy Awards International Film category–who helms a family dramedy that showcases a thriving Indigenous community little seen outside of Taiwan. The film has just been nominated for 6 Golden Horse Awards aka the Taiwanese Oscars.