Sunflower Movement Documentary Screened in US Congress

Kitty Wang
By Kitty Wang
May 28, 2019World News

From Taiwan to the U.S. and next … The world … A new documentary movie about a Taiwanese protest movement is going global … First stop? Congress.

The award-winning documentary movie called “Our Youth in Taiwan” is a behind-the-scenes look at the Sunflower Student Movement in Taiwan.

It’s traveling abroad with assistance from the Global Taiwan Institute and the Taiwanese Ministry of Culture.

US Congressman Steve Chabot and Minister of Culture Zheng Lijun joined film director Yue Fu at the screening of the documentary to show their support…

Steve Chabot, US Congressman: “For having such a great film relative to the Sunflower movement in Taiwan, a lot of people I think, not only in Taiwan, but around the world recognize how important it was that the youth of Taiwan stood up to the bullying of PRC [People’s Republic of China].”

A Taiwanese student-movement star, who fights against China. A celebrity Chinese student, who loves Taiwan.

They share a dream in the movie, to build a better country, by rebelling against the establishment. However, their fight becomes just one page in the history of the turbulent relations between Taiwan and China.

Fu Yue, the director of the documentary film “Our Youth in Taiwan”: “I hope that through this film, friends from more countries in the world can understand the situation of Taiwan people, the pressure on them, why are we so eager to have our voice heard internationally. The stronger the desire we have, reflects the more severe repression we have got.”

Congressman Chabot said that this movie helped people around the world understand how important it is for Taiwan to stand up to the Chinese Communist Party and its bullying.

The documentary faithfully records the bravery of these young Taiwanese people.

Meanwhile, the Chinese Communist Party continues to exert pressure on Taiwan to prevent it from participating in this year’s World Health Assembly. Congressman Chabot said this is unacceptable.

Steve Chabot, US Congressman:”While China continues to bully and put pressure on Taiwan, it’s wrong. It’s unacceptable. It is not obviously in Taiwan’s interest. It’s really not in the world’s interest, because there is much to be gained from the knowledge and the leadership of various medical personnel in Taiwan in dealing with a whole range of diseases. So we are less safe in the world if we allow the PRC […] to continue to bully Taiwan around.”

Director Fu Yue said that next, the film will be screened in 23 cities in Europe and America, including London, Berlin, Netherland, Paris and other places.

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