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Taiwanese-American Director’s “Golden Gate” Documentary Shortlisted for Oscar, Aims to Show the World the Reality of Taiwan

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Taiwanese-American Director’s “Golden Gate” Documentary Shortlisted for Oscar, Aims to Show the World the Reality of Taiwan

Taiwanese-American Director’s Documentary Shortlisted for Oscar Amid Taiwan Strait Tensions

The documentary “Golden Gate” directed by Taiwanese-American director Jiang Songchang has been shortlisted for the 96th Oscar for Best Documentary. This comes amid the tense situation across the Taiwan Strait, with the director hoping to use his documentary to let the world know more about Taiwan. Jiang Songchang revealed that his next documentary will focus on the late Taiwanese singer Teresa Teng.

In an exclusive interview with foreign media, Jiang Songchang expressed his belief that people are more interested in Taiwan now than ever before. The opening scene of “Golden Gate” depicts an abandoned tank half buried in the sand on the beach, with the barrel pointed at the sea. The documentary tells the story of Kinmen Island, the frontline of cross-strait confrontation, and outlines the recent escalating situation in the Taiwan Strait.

Jiang Songchang explained, “Life here in Taipei is normal. But it’s a different scene in Kinmen. When you go there, you will see these incredible cultural relics from the conflict 70 years ago. So, my idea was to use Kinmen as a visual representation, but ultimately tell a story about Taiwan through a Taiwanese perspective.”

While using “Kinmen” to describe the tense relations between the two sides of the Taiwan Strait, Jiang Songchang also hopes to make Taiwanese and the world better understand Taiwan’s position. He expressed his embrace of the connection with Chinese culture, history, and ethnicity, but made no secret of his Taiwanese national identity.

As tensions escalate, Jiang Songchang revealed that his next documentary will focus on the late Taiwanese singer Teresa Teng. Despite her staunch anti-communist stance, Teng’s songs are still played in China through giant loudspeakers in Kinmen and are widely broadcast throughout the Chinese-speaking world.

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The nomination of “Golden Gate” for an Oscar is a significant achievement, and Jiang Songchang’s efforts to showcase Taiwan’s story to the world are commendable. The documentary serves as a platform to shed light on the complexities and tensions in the Taiwan Strait, and we look forward to his future productions.

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