SOAS University of London

Centre of Taiwan Studies

Film Screening of Ça Fait Si Longtemps (漂流遇見你)

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Guo-Ting Lin

Date: 12 October 2018Time: 7:00 PM

Finishes: 12 October 2018Time: 9:00 PM

Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings Room: KLT

Type of Event: Film Screening

This is part of 12th Native Spirit Film Festival 11-21 October 2018. To book a ticket please click HERE.

The 12th Native Spirit Indigenous Film Festival, in collaboration with SOAS Centre for Taiwan Studies, proudly present the International Premiere of

Ça Fait Si Longtemps 漂流遇見你 (It's Been A Long Time)

Introduced by Special Guest Lin Guo-Ting

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International Premiere

Ça Fait Si Longtemps 漂流遇見你 (It's Been A Long Time)

Never refuse any encounter! There are so many kinds of people in the world. Is it possible, that there is a group of people having similar cultural heritages and fates with us, but they are drifting in the other side of sea?

Two Taiwanese aboriginal musicians Suming and Baobu, are invited to New Caledonia (an island located in the southwest Pacific Ocean) by the Director for a trip. During this voyage, they made friends with local Kanak musician, played music, lived together, and sometimes composed together. In the end, they all found the secret to innovation and to go to the world, is to re-discover their traditional culture roots.

Documentary, Music Video | 2017 | Taiwan, Melanesia. English Subtitles | 90min

Director: (Lokah Laqi) Laha MEBOW
Producer: Jewel LAI

Laha MEBOW is an Atayal aborigine. She is the first female aboriginal director from Taiwan, who graduated as a film major from Department of Radio, Television & Film, Shih Hsin University. Having grown up in an urban environment, she returned to her hometown tribe to find her root after she became an adult. To her surprise, she absorbed abundant creative force there, and the land and the people from the tribe became her inspiration of creativity. Her works are FINDING SAYUN and LOKAH LAQI, both won Excellent Screenplay Awards from Ministry of Culture, Taiwan. This time, she will bring you a new documentary about how people can communicate with pure music.

Director’s words

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In 2012, I went to New Caledonia and met local aboriginal, Kanak people. As a Taiwanese aboriginal film director, I felt like I’m coming home. I’ve found my self identity by visiting a foreign island. No matter how chaotic the politics and society are, Austronesian people can always lead artistic lives with art and music. New Caledonia is a place where music is in the air. I could not help but think, what if I invite few of my Taiwanese aboriginal musician friends to visit New Caledonian local musicians? Thus, the encounter happens, as you saw in the film, and it will never end.

Speaker Bio

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GuoTing Lin is a doctoral researcher at University of Westminster. She completed a master of radio and television with an observation of reader-writing manner of communication on Internet from National Taiwan University of Arts (NTUA). She was also awarded an MA degree from University of Westminster in Communication in 2015. Her research focuses in the areas of Taiwanese indigenous music and culture on social media, music and social movement in Taiwan, music textual analysis, and audiences/users analysis. She had been the associate lecturer in the Department of Radio and Television at National Taiwan University of Arts. Besides, she is a musician and composer. The score of film, “Days Apart”, was featured in the Short Film Catalog of the Cannes Film Festival.

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Organiser: Native Spirit UK & SOAS Centre of Taiwan Studies

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Sponsor: Shung Ye Museum of Formosan Aborigines