London university to host Taiwanese film festival next week

By Lucy Gunn  /  Staff reporter

Thu, Feb 06, 2014 - Page 3

As part of its “Understanding Taiwan through Film and Documentary Screening” project, the University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) is set to host a series of Taiwanese film-related events in London next week.

The events, which are to run from Monday through Friday, are part of an ongoing project aimed at offering a platform for regular screenings of Taiwanese films and documentaries in an effort to raise “wider awareness and understanding about modern Taiwan and its vibrant creative industries,” according to the project’s organizer, SOAS’ Centre for Taiwan Studies.

The film week is supported by the Ministry of Culture’s Spotlight Taiwan Program, a cultural exchange aimed at foreign universities, as well as art, culture, academic and research institutes.

The films selected for the series “reflect key themes, such as important trends in Taiwan’s history, social, economic and political change, cross-strait and international relations and cultural development,” the center said, adding that the screenings will be followed by a question-and-answer session with film directors and academics specializing in Taiwanese cinema.

Next week’s events will include screenings of The Affair of Three Cities: The Game (台北京之比賽) on Monday, The Chai-wan Matchup (我們) on Tuesday and Face to Face (正面迎擊) on Wednesday, followed by a question-and-answer session with director Chung Chuan (鍾權).

On Thursday, award-winning documentary director Kuo Chen-ti’s (郭珍弟) Viva Tonal: The Dance Age (跳舞時代) is to be screened along with the launch of Documenting Taiwan on Film: Issues and Methods in New Documentaries, a book analyzing documentary films from Taiwan.

The screenings and other events will be open to the public.

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