SOAS University of London

Centre of Taiwan Studies

Documentary Film Screening of "The Mountain" (靈山)

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Dr Kerim Friedman

Date: 12 February 2019Time: 3:00 PM

Finishes: 12 February 2019Time: 5:00 PM

Venue: Paul Webley Wing (Senate House) Room: SALT (Alumni Lecture Theatre)

Type of Event: Film Screening

The Mountain 靈山 (61 mins, color)

Director: Hung-En Su (Ungan Mehan)

Producer(s): Jia-Ling Li, Matt Chuang

For hundreds of years, this island, Taiwan, has been under different rules. From the Dutch, the Spanish, the Japanese, and nowadays Republic of China, each regime left their footprints on this island. During these periods, only the indigenous people of this island truly experienced of the process. As being ruled, indigenous peoples were labeled in different names and self-cultures had gradually being changed. The main character in the documentary is a Truku old man. Through his life experiences and life course, we see the history of aboriginal recertification movement.

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Speaker Bio

P. Kerim Friedman is an Associate Professor in the Department of Ethnic Relations and Cultures at National Dong Hwa University in Taiwan. His research explores language revitalization efforts among indigenous Taiwanese, looking at the relationship between language ideology, indigeneity, and political economy. An ethnographic filmmaker, he co-produced the Jean Rouch award-winning documentary, 'Please Don't Beat Me, Sir!' about a street theater troupe from one of India's Denotified and Nomadic Tribes (DNTs). He currently serves as the programmer for the Taiwan International Ethnographic Film Festival (TIEFF). Kerim is also a co-founder of the anthropology blog anthro{dendum} (formerly Savage Minds).

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Sponsor: Shung Ye Museum of Formosan Aborigines