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US film festival to visit three cities next month

Staff writer, with CNA

A film festival is to visit three cities next month to screen films and host talks, organizers said.

Film Forward: Advancing Cultural Dialogue is to offer free screenings in New Taipei City, Greater Taichung and Taitung from May 1 to May 6, the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) said.

AIT is organizing the events along with the Sundance Institute and the US’ President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities.

The program will focus on the impact of modernization and tradition, the power of alternative education and community awareness, and the role and challenges facing girls and women in society, the organizers said.

Films include Fruitvale Station, which tells the true story of a 22-year-old Bay Area resident who crosses paths with friends, enemies, family and strangers on the last day of 2008; If You Build It, which features one of the US’ most innovative classrooms; and The World Before Her, which delivers a provocative portrait of India and its current cultural conflicts during a key transitional era in the country’s modern history, organizers said.

“These films explore universal themes that we hope will inspire audiences to look at their community and our world in a new way,” Sundance executive director Keri Putnam said in a recent statement.

This year’s Film Forward program is expected to be attended by more than 10,000 people through screenings in Asia, Europe and the US, organizers said.

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