MIT to host inaugural Taiwan Film Festival in May

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A screenshot of Taiwan Film Festival's official website

A screenshot of Taiwan Film Festival's official website

Taipei, April 29 (CNA) The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) is set to host the first Taiwan Film Festival in Boston next month, featuring six critically-acclaimed documentaries from Taiwan as well as post-screening discussions with local directors.

The festival is aimed at promoting exchanges between filmmakers from Taiwan and across the world, the event's press officer Hsiao Min-hua (蕭明華) said on Monday.

Cinema provides a space that can transcend time, space and culture, and the festival hopes to bring Taiwanese films to American society and help create a dialogue between Taiwanese filmmakers and audiences there, Hsiao said.

According to its official website, the festival was conceived and organized by a group of volunteers and Taiwan movie lovers in the Greater Boston Area, and they established a nonprofit organization, the Taiwan Film Festival of Boston, earlier this year.

Six films will be screened at the festival on the MIT campus. Among them, "Our Youth in Taiwan" recounts the student-led Sunflower Movement, and "Lost Black Cats 35th Squadron" offers a glimpse into the lives of pilots during a secret Cold War mission.

Another film, "Father," explores the attempts of a master puppeteer to build a family legacy and preserve a disappearing craft, while "Silent Teacher" tells the story of a dead woman whose body is being used for medical dissection.

"A Journey with Invisible Friends" explores the nature of karma and causality as a man works toward healing historical wounds inflicted on the indigenous Siraya tribe, and "Late Life: Then Chien-Ming Wang Story" depicts a baseball star's struggle for redemption following a career-threatening injury.

The festival will be held at MIT's Lecture Theatre on May 26 and 27.

(By Sunrise Huang and Ko Lin)

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