5 February 2014
Between February 10 and February 14 the SOAS Centre of Taiwan Studies will host five film screenings as part of its first ever Taiwan Film Week. The event is part of the CTS Understanding Taiwan through Film and Documentaries Series. Each film screening will be followed by a question and answer session with film directors and film scholars specialising in Taiwan cinema.
We have selected a series of films that are closely related to our Taiwan studies courses. They address critical issues such as Taiwan’s national identity, social change, external relations, and history.
The common thread of the first three films is sport. All three were directed by the Taiwanese director Chung Chuan (鐘權).
The first film being shown on 10 February is The Affair of Three Cities [台北京之比賽], the film considers the complex relationship between Taiwan, China and Japan through the lens of fans at international sports matches. The screening will be followed by a discussion led by the CTS Deputy Director Dr. Chang Bi-yu. Here is the film’s trailer.
On 11 February we will show Chung’s follow up film The Chai-Wan Matchup [我們] Again the focus is on national identity as the director documents Taiwanese sports team supporters in the background of the 2008 Beijing Olympics and Taiwan’s presidential elections. The film will be followed by a Q&A with Chung Chuan. Here is the film’s trailer.
On Wednesday February 12 we will show Chung’s most recent film Face to Face [正面迎擊]. This time the focus is on the world of amateur wrestling in Taiwan. Again the film will be followed by a Q&A with Chung Chuan. Here is the film’s trailer.
On 13 February, the Centre of Taiwan Studies will host a Book launch for: Documenting Taiwan on Film: Issues and Methods in New Documentaries. This is the first English language publication focused on Taiwanese documentaries. To celebrate the publication of the book’s paperback version one of the book’s editors Sang Tze-lan (Michigan State University) will host the screening of Viva Tonal: The Dance Age 跳舞時代). Viva Tonal examines popular culture during the Japanese colonial era and is one of the documentaries featured in the book. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with Professor Sang.
All events will be held in the Khalili Lecture Theatre from 7.00-10.00 p.m and the Q&A sessions will be followed by a wine reception.
Further details can be found on the Centre’s events page.
The Understanding Taiwan through Film and Documentaries Series is sponsored by Taiwan’s Ministry of Culture Spotlight Taiwan Programme. In addition, we appreciate the support from Taiwan’s Public Television Service for screening Chai-Wan Matchup.