CategoryJournalistic and Academic Observers

A number of journalistic and academic observers, both foreign and Taiwanese, were on the ground during the movement

Interview: Fu Yue

Fu Yue is the director of Our Youth in Taiwan, a documentary focusing on Chen Wei-ting, who later became known as one of the key student leaders of the Sunflower Movement, and Cai Bo-yi, a Chinese student participating in Taiwanese social movements. Our Youth in Taiwan won Best Documentary at the Golden Horse Awards in November 2018, with Fu's acceptance speech being widely reported on. Other films by Fu Yue include Dialogue Between Green and Blue, A Perfect Clash, and Mirror! 

Interview: Chiang Wei-hua

Chiang Wei-hua was the director of The Edge of Night, a documentary film following participants in the 323 and 324 attempted occupation of the Executive Yuan and in the aftermath of the Sunflower Movement. Chiang previously documented the Wild Strawberry movement in the film The Right Thing 

Interview: Tobie Openshaw

Tobie Openshaw is a South African-born filmmaker living in Taiwan for 18 years. His work has been seen on documentary channels such as National Geographic, Discovery, and Al Jazeera. Tobie was in Taiwan during the Sunflower Movement. The following interview took place on October 3rd, 2017. 

Interview: J. Michael Cole

J. Michael Cole is a former Taipei Times reporter, the former editor-in-chief of the English edition of Thinking Taiwan, and currently the editor-in-chief of the Taiwan Sentinel. The following interview was conducted on October 11th, 2017