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Taiwan Film Screenings (Understanding Taiwan Through Film and Documentaries)

台灣光點‧電影放送

倫敦大學亞非學院與台灣文化部合作,自2013年11月起推出一整年有關台灣電影與紀錄片的活動,三個學期、三個主題,共計9場精彩電影放映,更有機會與導演、製片人、學者專家面對面直接交集與座談的機會。

不論是喜歡電影藝術的人,關懷臺灣過去與未來的朋友,還是純粹對社會公義、歷史面向好奇的你,都應該共同來逗鬧熱,來看看臺灣社會的現實百態、掂掂臺灣人省視自我、回顧歷史的勇氣,也用心來體會這自由氛圍下所發展出來的電影藝術是如何發光發熱。

Dr Dafydd Fell and Dr Ming-yeh Rawnsley discuss the Taiwan Film Screenings at SOAS

Over the past 30 years Taiwan film has had an outstanding record of achievement at major film festivals, particularly those in Europe. To factor in this enormous triumph SOAS has offered a course on Taiwan film since 2005 – a course that has been tremendously popular with students.  The value of Taiwan’s films and documentaries goes beyond their artistic quality, for they also offer a key platform for understanding modern Taiwan. This has been the prime motivation behind this new project. Its goal: to facilitate regular screenings of Taiwanese films and documentaries. Each screening will feature a follow-up Q&A session with invited film makers, actors, or film scholars and critics.

The films will be chosen to integrate closely with existing Taiwan courses at SOAS and the regular Taiwan Studies Seminars. The films shown will reflect key themes, such as important trends in Taiwan’s history, social, economic and political change, cross-Strait and international relations, and cultural development. We already supplement our teaching with reference to clips from Taiwanese films and documentaries, but regular screenings of films and the opportunity to question and directly interact with film makers and specialists will greatly enhance students’ understanding of contemporary Taiwan.  We also intend that these screenings will be organised in close cooperation with the Taiwan Academy in London, which will be inaugurated in the near future. Overall, it is hoped that the screenings will help raise wider awareness and understanding about modern Taiwan and its vibrant creative industries.

The project will host nine film screenings during each academic year. These will include a mix of feature films, short films, and documentaries. There will be three film showings each in term 1 (September-December) and in term 2 (January to March); in term 3 we will devote an entire day to three screenings as part of our annual Taiwan Studies Summer School. The film screenings shall be open to the general public and advertised widely on our Taiwan Studies website and through our extensive emailing lists.

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.

Previous Events in this series

Transition 前進樂團 : Screening of Band's Documentary, Q&A and Acoustic Concert

Transition 前進樂團

20 March 2014, Vernon Square, V121 (Screening & Q&A) V111 (Concert), 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Boys from Fenggui [風櫃來的人] (hosted by Dr Ming-yeh Rawnsley)

Dr Ming-yeh Rawnsley

Taiwan Film Week

14 February 2014, Russell Square: College Buildings, KLT, 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Book launch Documenting Taiwan on Film “Issues and Methods in New Documentaries” & screening of Viva Tonal: The Dance Age 跳舞時代

Sang Tze-lan (Michigan)

Taiwan Film Week

13 February 2014, Russell Square: College Buildings, KLT, 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Face to Face [正面迎擊] (with Q&A with Chung Chuan)

Director Chung Chuan

Taiwan Film Week

12 February 2014, Russell Square: College Buildings, KLT, 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM

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

Director Chung Chuan

Taiwan Film Week

11 February 2014, Russell Square: College Buildings, KLT, 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM

The Affair of Three Cities: The Game (台北京之比賽)

The Centre of Taiwan Studies

Taiwan Film Week

10 February 2014, Russell Square: College Buildings, KLT, 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Screening of Film: “Tongues of Heaven” with Q&A with Director Anita Chang

Anita Chang

24 January 2014, Brunei Gallery, B102, 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Screening of Film: “62 Years and 6,500 Miles Between” with Q&A with Director Anita Chang

Anita Chang

23 January 2014, Russell Square: College Buildings, DLT, 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Screening of Film: “The Right Thing” with Q and A with Director Chiang Wei-hua

Chiang Wei-hua

12 December 2013, Russell Square: College Buildings, Khalili Lecture Theatre, 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Screening of documentary Lee Teng-hui: The First Chinese Democracy with Q&A with Director Lin Leh-chyun

Lin Leh-chyun

15 November 2013, Russell Square: College Buildings, Khalili Lecture Theatre , 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM

Screening of documentary Madame Chiang Kai-shek: A Legend across three centuries with Q&A with Producer Lin Leh-chyun

Lin Leh-chyun

14 November 2013, Russell Square: College Buildings, Khalili Lecture Theatre , 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM