Taiwan International Human Rights Film Festival spotlights museums

09/17/2022 10:46 PM
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Photo courtesy of the National Human Rights Museum
Photo courtesy of the National Human Rights Museum

Taipei, Sept. 17 (CNA) This year's Taiwan International Human Rights Film Festival, which kicks off Sept. 23, aims to explore the ethical questions surrounding museums and the ownership of their collections, according to organizers.

Under the themes "Whose Museum?" (誰的博物館) and "Human Rights Panorama" (人權廣角鏡), the National Human Rights Museum (NHRM) has curated screenings of 11 films highlighting both the educational role of museums and the political conflicts over appropriated cultural artifacts.

One of the festival's more topical inclusions is Dutch director Oeke Hoogendijk's "The Treasures of Crimea," which documents the geopolitical wrangling over a collection of historical artifacts from Ukraine stranded in a museum in Amsterdam following Russia's annexation of Crimea.

The NHRM said an International Museum Day declaration that "museums have the power to transform the world around us" from the International Museum Council had inspired the festival's theme.

The NHRM added it hoped the festival's films would highlight the social and educational responsibilities of museum as well as increase public awareness of human rights.

According to the NHRM, seven of the films on show will be making their Asian premieres at the festival.

Entry to the festival's screenings is free, with information on how to get tickets available at the Taiwan International Human Rights Film Festival's website.

An online version of the festival will also be held from Sept. 26 until Oct. 10, while designated screenings will launched between Oct. 15 and Nov. 20.

(By Chao Ching-yu and James Lo)

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