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Centre of Taiwan Studies

The Chai-Wan Matchup [我們 ] (with Q&A with Chung Chuan)

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Chung Chuan
Director Chung Chuan

Date: 11 February 2014Time: 7:00 PM

Finishes: 11 February 2014Time: 10:00 PM

Venue: Russell Square: College BuildingsRoom: KLT

Type of Event: Film

Series: Taiwan Film Screenings (Understanding Taiwan Through Film and Documentaries)

Biography

Chung Chuan was born in Taiwan in 1979. He began his career in advertising in China in 2000. He was an Associate Art Director of Ogilvy One Interactive and Art Director of Y&R Wunderman China. He has won advertising awards from the New York Festival and the Cannes Lions International Advertising Festival. In 2003, Chung Chuan began his studies in documentary at the Beijing Film School. He was the recipient of a 2005 scholarship from Taiwan’s Cloud Gate Dance Theatre and received his masters in 2006.
His 2006 film, “The Affair of Three Cities” was shot in Taipei, Beijing, and Tokyo. It was screened at the Taiwan International Documentary Festival. He was invited by China Central Newsreel & Documentary as a member of The Beijing Organizing Committee for the Games of 2008 Olympiad and worked on the official documentary, “Dream Weavers 2008”. In 2009, he completed “The Chai-Wan Matchup”.

The Chai-Wan Matchup [我們 ] with Q and A with Chung Chuan - Director Chung Chuan

Synopsis

In 2008, China hosted the Beijing Olympics and Taiwan held a presidential election. The sensitive issue of national identity between the two sides of the Taiwan Strait was again ignited. Taiwanese documentary filmmaker Chung Chuan, living in China for the last eight years, utilizes film art to connect Taiwanese at home, in Beijing, and in New York. What Taiwanese show as fervent love for their land is often interpreted by China as an act of terrorism. This is the story of TaiWAN and CHIna. This is The Chai-Wan Matchup.
At the centre of the story is a young Taiwanese generation without ties to any ancestral roots. They formed a Taiwanese cheer team, Taiwan Woo, with one cause – to love Taiwan. They travel the world to cheer on athletes competing abroad. The athletes’ successes are accompanied by this group of loud yellow shirt wearers, who eventually become an integral part of the game.
This movement became controversial during Taiwan’s 2008 presidential election, bringing them trouble in the lead up to the Beijing Olympics.

The Chai-Wan Matchup

Trailer link:

The Chai-Wan Matchup (我們)

Although the event is open to the public and free to all it is recommended that you contact Niki Alsford (na29@soas.ac.uk) if you plan to attend.

Organiser: Centre of Taiwan Studies

Contact email: taiwanstudies@soas.ac.uk

Sponsor: The Understanding Taiwan through Film and Documentary Screening Series is supported by the Ministry of Culture’s Spotlight Taiwan Programme. Special Thanks to Dr. Samuel Yin for his generous support to the Spotlight Taiwan Programme.