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Sea of Clouds (雲海)

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Filmed in and around the island of Taiwan, the film is structured around an interview with contemporary artist Chen Chieh-Jen. The film explores the relationship between film, landscape and rural life and the layered histories of these sites as potential places of self-organisation and resistance. Built around the question of translation and the relationship of what we hear to what we see, the film follows Chen's retelling of the farmer's tradition of using film screenings as means of covert political assembly during the Japanese colonial rule of Taiwan.
The title is an English translation of the Chinese term 雲海 / yúnhai, used to describe the view from Taiwan's highest mountains when everything below is hidden from view by a sea of clouds.
Official Selection BFI London Film Festival 2016 - Experimenta Strand - World premiere


Type of film
Running Time
16 mins
16mm transferred to HD
George Clark


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Last updated 26th September 2016

Production Company

UK, Taiwan coproduction

Supported using public funding by Arts Council England

George Clark