2012 Taiwan Documentary Film Screening Tour
Taipei Cultural Center in New York collaborates with the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies of Harvard University, Department of Asian Languages and Cultures of Rutgers University, Center for East Asian Studies and Cinema Studies Program of University of Pennsylvania, Asia/Pacific Studies Institute, the Program in the Arts of the Moving Image and the Department of Middle Eastern and Asia Studies of Duke University to introduce and share outstanding documentaries by touring the winner and nominated films of Taiwanese directors at the Universities and Taiwan Academy in New York, Los Angeles and Houston. The goal is to display the diversity of Taiwan to the U.S. audience, encourage exchange of ideals, as well as initiate critical discussions about the issues raised in the films.
The 2012 Taiwan Documentary Film Screening Tour will feature a selection of films from 2008 and 2010’s biennial Taiwan International Documentary Festival (TIDF), including Let The Wind Carry Me (2009) by Chiang Hsiu-chiung and Kwan Pun-leung; They are flying (2008) by Huang Chia-Chun; An Exposure of Affected hospital (2007) by Chu Hsien-Che; and Somewhere over the Cloud (2007) by Hsiao Mei-Ling.
Let The Wind Carry Me (2009) by Chiang Hsiu-chiung and Kwan Pun-leung
They are flying (2008) by Huang Chia-Chun
“There’s something different with the children of Hualien’s Faith and Love Youth academy, for they can not get love and recognition from the family, the school, or the society. How important love is for a child? In the summer of 2006, more than 30 of them set off for a 20-day 1000-kilometer around-the-island tour. Reverend Huang and Youth detention officer Lu Su-Wei risked their job to accompany these children to accomplish this challenge, for they believe this one-in-a-million chance of success will bring an incredible change to those children, whom are incurable in the eyes of others. Are they going get through this challenge of life?” – Huang Chia-Chun
An Exposure of Affected Hospital (2007) by Chu Hsien-Che
“The severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) outbreak at the Heping Hospital was one of the most important incidents in Taiwan in the last decade. Like other incidents of collective panic on the island, most of us chose silence in the face of this pandemic, but, has the story of this incident ended? Will such pain go away? Have we learned enough from it so we can deal with similar outbreaks in the future?” - Chu Hsien-Che
Somewhere Over the Cloud (2007) by Hsiao Mei-Ling
Elodie is a girl of mixed French and Taiwanese descendant. At her birth, her French father arrives in Taiwan to stay for one year. After returning to France, the Internet web cam becomes the means by which they know one another, and a real father is confined behind a small, virtual screen. The meaning of “Daddy’ begins to change along with Elodie’s growth, from being the computer, to the mouthpiece to the teddy bear, to the intruder who competes with her for her mother's affection.
Harvard University, Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies
Taiwan Academy in New York
University of Pennsylvania
Taiwan Academy in Los Angeles
Taiwan Academy in Houston
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