Formosan macaques roamed Taiwan’s wild mountain forests for tens of thousands of years before people came. The monkeys’ lives changed forever when the first hunters arrived and conflict with people continues on today’s crowded island.
Monkeys are hunted far less now, but are still persecuted by farmers for raiding crops on forest fringes. Tourists also create health problems by over-feeding them with junk food and trigger aggression amongst macaques and between monkeys and people. Taiwanese film-maker Ke Chin-yuan captured this turbulent story over ten years and reveals how the Taiwanese are finally beginning to make peace, not war, with monkeys.