China-ASEAN, as part of the Year of Media Exchanges, released a documentary, “Dan’s Way” in Jakarta .
The film portrays the profound impacts of China-ASEAN relationships and helps to enrich the implementation of the goals and mission in both countries. Renowned Chinese TV host Zhu Dan is the person in charge in chronicling daily life in Indonesia and other ASEAN members states.
The broadcast of the documentary will be released in 10 episodes devoted to 10 characters. Each of the 10 episodes involves one local individual, one not from a prominent background but who was deemed inspirational for their courage.
With the theme ‘Connecting Man & Nature, Beauty & Harmony, Hearts & Minds, China & ASEAN’, the launch aims to highlight China’s relationship with the region. Officials including Chinese Ambassador to the ASEAN H.E. Huang Xilian, ASEAN-China Center Secretary General Chen Dehai and the Philippines Permanent Representative to ASEAN H.E. Elizabeth Buensuceso and ASEAN Deputy Secretary General Kung Phoak together along with media partners marked the opening ceremony for the showcase of Dan’s Way-Indonesia and the broadcast of the film to larger audiences and countries.
China and ASEAN have shared the common essence treasure of the world in terms of culture, traditions, ethnic groups, religious pluralism and values that will be going to continue to aspire more in the future.
"It reveals how much we share in common and what we can achieve in cross-cultural communication," Huang said.
The appointment of the China-ASEAN Year of Media Exchanges 2019 were acknowledged by leaders at the 21st China-ASEAN Summit held in Singapore last November. Among the pivotal programmes to highlight the media exchange year is Dan’s Way, the first cultural documentary between China and ASEAN. This film portrays the profound impacts of China-ASEAN relationships and helps to enrich the implementation of the goals and mission in both countries. Renowned Chinese TV host Zhu Dan is the person in charge in chronicling daily life in Indonesia and other ASEAN members states.
Countries in the ASEAN are diverse and these cultures have lived together for centuries more or less at peace. That said, the role of media in enhancing cross-cultural communication is immensely critical to achieve mutual respect and understanding. Thus, during the show in the future, the documentary signifies not only the experiences of cultural diversity and religious beliefs but also present beautiful expressions of various identities across the region.
The Indonesian chapter has just finished up filming. Other ASEAN countries will be included in the following years.
The top 10 inspirational figures from Indonesia included an inheritor of Legong dance Raka Rasmi, a wildlife protection expert Suyanti, founder of the Health of Mother Earth Foundation Robin Lim, a primary school student and the daughter of a sulphur miner Sri, a disabled photographer Rusidah Badawi, an artist of classic Javanese dance Didik Nini Thowok, an art collector Lucienne K. Anhar, a writer Firliana, one of the Istiqlal Mosque’s cloakroom attendants Leu Suprihatin and creative director of the eco-friendly bamboo architecture firm Ibuku Elora Hardy.
The China-ASEAN Year of Media Exchanges underlines the cross-cultural communication - the characteristics of pluralism. The documentary is expected to continue to develop the China-ASEAN relationship with enhanced diplomatic and bilateral ties. As an effective means to understand each other through film screenings, the role of media engages the power and is hoped to cooperate and leverage the relations in the future across the region.