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International film touring program comes to Taiwan

2013/05/22 21:25:10

from the Sundance Festival's website

Taipei, May 22 (CNA) An international film touring program kicked off Wednesday in Taiwan with the aim of fostering dialogue and promoting cross-cultural understanding, according to the organizers.

The "Film Forward" program, initiated by the Sundance Institute and United States federal cultural agencies, features seven international films on topics covering climate change, interracial marriage, mother-son bond and girls' education in Syria.

The films will be screened in Taipei, Taoyuan and Hualien until May 26.

Two visiting filmmakers will participate in workshops and film discussions at each location, according to a statement released by the American Institute in Taiwan, which helped bring the program to Taiwan.

"We are honored to present Film Forward in Taiwan and to offer audiences in the region an opportunity to discuss universal themes that touch us all," Keri Putnam, executive director of Sundance Institute, said in the statement.

Jeff Orlowski, director of "Chasing Ice," said that screening the film in Taiwan means reaching new audiences and engaging in dialogue on a global level.

"Through the power of film, 'Chasing Ice' is showing audiences captivating and unforgettable images of the world's melting glaciers that they may never see firsthand," Orlowski said in the statement.

The Sundance Institute is a non-profit organization founded by actor and film director Robert Redford in 1981. It provides creative and financial support to filmmakers and storytellers worldwide.

Eight films and filmmakers from the U.S. and abroad are selected by the institute and its partners each year to participate in the "Film Forward" program, traveling to four domestic and four international locations, according to the program's official site.

(By Christie Chen)