English Translation | documentary 75 mins | video | Mandarin, Taiwanese | Taiwan | 2009
Honorable Mention, Documentary Feature, 2010 Los Angeles Movie Awards Golden Palm Award, 2010 Mexico International Film Festival
Geopolitics, national identity, and sports make up this incredible documentary examining the state of cross-strait relations between Taiwan and China.
In 2008, China hosted the Beijing Olympics and Taiwan held a presidential election. At the center of the film is a fan club, the Taiwan Woo, whose mission is to love Taiwan and support Taiwan. The group travels the world to cheer on Taiwanese athletes completing abroad under the name “Chinese Taipei”. But at every game, a fan from China stages a protest against the open and passionate display of Taiwanese identity. What Taiwanese show as fervent love for their country is often interpreted by China as an act of terrorism. This is the story of TaiWAN and CHIna. This The Chai-Wan Matchup.