Foundation calls for aerial videos to honor late documentary filmmaker

05/20/2022 09:02 PM
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Photo courtesy of the Chi Po-lin Foundation
Photo courtesy of the Chi Po-lin Foundation

Taipei, May 20 (CNA) The Chi Po-lin Foundation on Friday called on people from all walks of life to post their aerial videos on social media from June 10 to June 12 in honor of renowned filmmaker Chi Po-lin (齊柏林) after whom the foundation is named.

Foundation Chairwoman Wan Kuan-li (萬冠麗) said the foundation is calling for participants to upload aerial video of about 30 seconds in duration to their Facebook, Instagram or Youtube accounts.

Although acclaimed Taiwanese aerial documentary filmmaker Chi passed away on June 10, 2017, his spirit continues to inspire others to chronicle Taiwan through videos taken using aerial drones, the foundation said in a press release.

Chi's work captured the landscape and environment of Taiwan through aerial documentary filmmaking and was an example of an individual doing his part to preserve the nation, Wan said.

Many people in Taiwan have followed in his footsteps by quietly documenting Taiwan in their own way, Wan said, adding that uploading the videos in honor of Chi will also showcase their hard work.

Video: the Chi Po-lin Foundation's YouTube channel

There are no time or location restrictions, the only requirement being that the video must be of a place in Taiwan. However, the foundation added a note of caution, urging participants to be aware of flying zone restrictions in cities and counties around the country.

In addition, all uploaded videos must include the hashtag "The Taiwan that I see (#我看見的台灣)" in Chinese in order to be listed as a part of the event.

Chi was a documentary filmmaker, photographer and environmentalist who dedicated 20 years of his life to chronicling Taiwan's landscape and natural habitat as a way of highlighting the environmental degradation in many parts of the country.

His 2013 film "Beyond Beauty: Taiwan from Above (看見台灣)" won the Golden Horse Award for Best Documentary that year, and has since been hailed as the director's masterpiece.

Chi passed away in 2017 as a result of a helicopter crash while shooting the sequel to his magnum opus at the age of 52.

(By Sunrise Huang and James Lo)

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