Fourth Taiwan Film Festival kick-off in Berlin

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By Ministry of Culture

TAIWAN / GERMANY – From August 20 to 29, the 4th Taiwan Film Festival Berlin (TFFB, 柏林台灣影展) will screen 16 films of four different sub-themes through Vimeo online video sharing platform.

Curated by Impression Taiwan (映像台灣), and sponsored by the Ministry of Culture (MOC) and the Cultural Division of the Taipei Representative Office in Germany, the four major sections of this year’s film festival selections are “Road To Freedom: Human Rights in Taiwan “Portraits of Artists “The Explorer and The Yearn For Travel ” and the short film section “Gastarbeiter in Taiwan: Short Films Collage .”

The lineup includes director Huang Chia-chun’s “Whale Island,” director Liao Shi-han’s (廖士涵) documentary “Searching for Taromak: Land of Warriors “Chen Uen” directed by Wang Wan-jo (王婉柔), among others.

The Cultural Division of the Taipei Representative Office in Germany remarked that TFFB is one of the largest Taiwan-themed film festival in Europe, and it returns on a grander scale over the years. Audiences around Germany will have the chance to catch the online screenings of Taiwanese films.

Moreover, Malaysian director Lau Kek Huat (廖克發) and senior German journalist Klaus Bardenhagen in Taiwan will be invited to talk about migrant workers and human rights demands. The documentary “Searching for Taromak: Land of Warriors” and a 4-minute animation “Taromak Eco-logy and Millet-ology ” will serve as closing film, introducing Taromak – a Rukai tribe located in Taitung – through the colorful and exquisite images.

Film festival curator Jaye Lin (林婕穎) said that the selected films show an intricate relation between the sea, mountains and the people, it leads the audiences into self-exploration and reflection, as well as take them across the borders of geography, showing the diversity of Taiwanese culture.

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