SOAS University of London

Centre of Taiwan Studies

Sunflowers in the Streets– A personal journey documenting a movement

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Tobie Openshaw

Date: 7 July 2017Time: 3:30 PM

Finishes: 7 July 2017Time: 5:30 PM

Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings Room: G3

Type of Event: Summer School

This is part of SOAS Centre of Taiwan Studies Summer School Programme.
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Tobie Openshaw often witnessed and covered violent protests in his home country of South Africa, so when the non-violent Sunflower movement was born, he recognized history in the making.  Over the ensuing days he filmed the events for several international news outlets, but also often just went to visit and drink in the atmosphere.  He was there when the Executive Yuan was occupied, and when pro-China activists clashed with peaceful protesters.  He spoke to activists inside and outside the Legislative Yuan, and shot interviews with both President Ma and “White Wolf” Chang An-Le. 

This talk, illustrated with photos and video clips, is a personal and emotional account of one journalist and long-time Taiwan Resident’s experience of a movement that forever changed the path of Taiwanese politics.

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Tobie Openshaw is a South African-born filmmaker living in Taiwan for 18 years. His work has been seen on documentary channels such as National Geographic, Discovery, and Al Jazeera.

Tobie is particularly committed to telling the stories of Taiwan’s indigenous people, with several documentary and other projects in the works.

Organiser: Centre of Taiwan Studies

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