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Taichung establishes new documentary film archive

CNA , Taipei

An image museum long planned by the Government Information Office (GIO) to collect documentary films and other images was inaugurated yesterday in Taichung, central Taiwan.

GIO Minister Pasuya Yao (姚文智) presided over the inauguration of the museum, called Taiwan Images on the Blog. Also on hand were former GIO head Lin Chia-lung (林佳龍), who quit his job earlier to run for the Taichung mayorship in the year-end elections.

Yao noted that it was Lin who made the decision to establish the museum in Taichung and that the name has its inspiration from web-logs (usually shortened to blogs), a form of online personal journals.

The museum collects the most comprehensive contemporary documentary films in Taiwan, Yao said, adding that he hopes it will also become an interchange and discussion center for central Taiwan.

Yao noted that the GIO has had a series of pieces of good news recently. The GIO-assisted documentary film Jump! Boys, depicting gymnasts undergoing gruelling training made more than NT$2.5 million (US$79,365) at the box office because of good reviews. Another documentary film Let it Be, depicting the lives of rice farmers, also made more than NT$2 million.

The Wayward Cloud, an award-winning film at the Berlin Festival this year, also set a box office record of more than NT$20 million, Yao added.

He praised Lin for his measures and policy of assisting domestic film workers when he was GIO head.

Lin, for his part, said there is a national movie center in northern Taiwan, but it mainly collects feature films, while the central museum will focus on collecting documentary films.

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