About Le Temps des mots (Bridging the strait). Interview with Samia Ferhat

About Le Temps des mots (Bridging the strait). Interview with Samia Ferhat, director of a documentary on Sino-Taiwanese relations. By Emmanuel Lincot. Translated by Aurélia Martin. Paris : IRIS, April 2017. 7 p. (Coll. « Asia Focus. Programme Asie » ; 26). Mis en ligne le 14 avril 2017. URL : http://www.iris-france.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/Asia-Focus-26.pdf (consulté le 20 avril 2017)

Bridging the Strait tells the story of 10 Chinese and Taiwanese students who participated in a workshop from 2009 to 2010. This workshop “Cross-Strait Dialogue on Cinema” (Dialogue sino-taïwanais autour du cinéma) was organized by Samia Ferhat as part of her research  activities within the Research center on modern and contemporary China (EHESS-CNRS).

The workshop’s goal was to start a dialogue between young people from two societies separated by decades of political antagonism and threatened by the risk of military escalation. After 6 months of meetings and discussions, the students wished to continue their exchange by
producing a documentary, which allowed them to present this dialogue experience, and to further the confrontation of their ideas.

This film reviews the history of the relations between China and Taiwan, by means of archival images and original illustrations, while also allowing the students to voice, openly and without taboo, the problems of identity, politics and memory inherent in the dynamics of these
relations. It also raises the question of the efficiency of dialogue, which can create a common space for exchange and interaction, despite often involving misunderstandings and tensions.

Lire l’entretien  (Asia Focus #26)

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Monique Abud

Centre d’études sur la Chine moderne et contemporaine, EHESS, Paris, France

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Centre d’études sur la Chine moderne et contemporaine, EHESS, Paris, France

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