San Diego – Asian Film Festival with Taiwan Film Showcase

The San Diego Asian Film Festival (SDAFF) is San Diego’s premier film showcase of Asian American and international cinema. Founded in 2000, the festival has grown to become the largest exhibition of Asian cinema in the western United States.
Each year, the festival brings West Coast, North American, and World premieres of films from around the world to San Diego and gives audiences unique opportunities to discover international cinema.

This year, the 18th edition of SDAFF will showcase over 150 films from 20 countries at 6 different venues in San Diego from November 9-18, 2017. Continue reading

The Politics of Memory in Sinophone Cinemas and Image Culture – Altering Archives

Cinema archives memories, conserves the past, and rewrites histories. As much as the Sinophone embodies differences, contemporary Sinophone cinemas in Taiwan, Hong Kong, and the People’s Republic of China invest various images of contested politics in order to assert different histories and self-consciousness. As such, Sinophone cinemas and image production function as archives, with the capability of reinterpreting the multiple dimensions of past and present. Continue reading

Fettnäpfchenführer Taiwan

Die Buchreihe “Fettnäpfchenführer” aus dem CONBOOK Verlag widmet sich lt. Eigenbeschreibung “auf vergnügliche Art dem Minenfeld der kulturellen Eigenheiten”. Mittlerweile gibt es mehr als dreißig Bände aus dieser Reihe.
Deike Lautenschläger, die bereits mehr als zwölf  Jahre in Asien lebt, hat in Taiwan ihre Wahlheimat gefunden und darüber geschrieben.
Im Buch möchte Sophie mit eigenen Augen sehen, wie Ureinwohner, chinesische und südostasiatische Migranten und Menschen aus allen Ecken der Welt zusammenleben und wie uralte Traditionen, Religion und Aberglauben, die vom chinesischen Festland längst verschwunden sind, noch bis heute gepflegt werden – selbst von der jungen Generation und im modernen Alltag. Continue reading

Taiwan’s Lost Commercial Cinema: Recovered and Restored

Happy to say that a great project by Professor Chris Berry (King’s College London) and Dr Ming-yeh T. Rawnsley (Centre of Taiwan Studies, SOAS) is underway:

Did you know regular filmmaking on Taiwan only started in the 1950s? With a Taiwanese-language film industry? Between then and the 70s, 1,000-plus Taiwanese-language features were made. However, the budgets were miniscule, the companies short-lived, and there was no archive. They were quickly forgotten, and only 200-plus survive. Continue reading

Lien-Cheng Wang : Reading Plan

Lien-Cheng Wang (TW) at Ars Electronica (Linz from 7 to 11 September).

Reading Plan is an interactive artwork with 23 automatic page-turning machines. When audiences enter the exhibition room, the machines start to turn the pages automatically and read their contents in the voice of elementary school students. The machines are a metaphor for a Taiwanese classroom. Continue reading

Ella Raidel : Subversive Realitäten

Das  Kino Arsenal in Berlin zeigt vom 1. bis zum 30. September zwölf Filme von Tsai Ming-liang.
Wir haben auf unserer Seite darüber berichtet: Anatomie der Einsamkeit – Die Filme von Tsai Ming-liang

Grund genug für uns, das tolle Buch “Subversive Realitäten” von Ella Raidel wieder in Erinnerung zu rufen. Das Buch ist zwar schon etwas älter, es sind jedoch darin acht von zwölf in Berlin gezeigten Filme ausführlich beschrieben. Continue reading