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Commissioned by UNESCO under the Spanish Government Millennium Goals Fund, CHP Produces a Promotional Video – “The Soul’s Paradise: Congjiang”.

The Soul’s Paradise: Congjiang


Every two years, UNESCO hosts a global representative conference at its headquarters in Paris. The 2009 conference will be held in October. To better participate in the event, UNESCO’s Beijing branch decided to produce a short film, commissioned by UNESCO under the Spanish Government Millennium Goals Fund, to introduce Chinese culture and its development partners. Despite the fact that several large organizations have worked on this project, UNESCO assigned the production of the video to CHP, the smallest NGO partnered with the Spanish Government Millennium Goals Fund.

“The Soul’s Paradise: Congjiang” is the result of these efforts.


Since CHP has been working on the “Congjiang Archive” project for several months, CHP has a clear knowledge and understanding of Congjiang culture. This, coupled with a complete awareness of the objectives of UNESCO and the Spanish Government Millennium Goals Fund, made the film’s production possible.  The Congjiang Archive on-site project manager, Liang Quankang, provided excellent folk culture photographs courtesy of his friend, and the Congjiang local government gave fantastic recordings of local Dong minority music. The most noteworthy aspect of this short film collaboration is when the film’s Taiwanese producer, Ms. Iris Peng (please see her personal profile below), was invited to participate one week before she was going to return to Taiwan. She immediately agreed to join the project and meticulously labored over every detail of the film. She returned home just before Typhoon Morakat bombarded Taiwan, but despite the difficulties the storm brought, Peng continued to work on the film, ensuring that it would be produced on time.
The result of her hard work, “The Soul’s Paradise: Congjiang”, was shown to several UNESCO project coordinators to rave reviews, and the international organization’s Beijing office showed the film wherever a screening was possible. This coming October, the film will be shown at UNESCO’s global conference in Paris.

Iris Peng’s Personal Profile:
Born in Taipei, Taiwan, Iris received a Bachelor of Law and Anthropology at National Chengchi University, Taiwan. She also received her master’s degree in visual art administration from New York University, USA and completed an MBA degree from Leonard N. Stern School of Business, New York University. Iris spent more than six years in New York, Beijing, and Taiwan, working in the marketing and public relations industries. Iris worked as a Senior Client Manager at Fleishman-Hillard, an International public relations agency, in Beijing. Her client portfolio includes Business Week, 285.com, and The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, to name a few. Iris is a CHP volunteer. 

CHP would like to thank our volunteer translator, Michele Scrimenti for his outstanding translation of this article.

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