Taipei eyes memorial hall to commemorate late Taiwanese filmmaker

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Taipei, Nov. 10 (CNA) The Taipei City government is willing to look for potential sites in the capital city for a memorial hall to commemorate late Taiwanese documentary filmmaker Chi Po-lin (齊柏林), Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) said at a hearing on Friday.

The city government's Department of Cultural Affairs and Department of Finance will work closely to develop a list of possible venues for Chi's film company to choose from, Ko said.

The mayor said the idea to build the memorial hall was raised by Cloud Gate Dance Theatre founder and artistic director Lin Hwai-min (林懷民) to pay tribute to Chi's contributions to Taiwanese society.

The renowned 52-year-old aerial filmmaker died in a helicopter crash while shooting aerial images of Taiwan for a sequel to his much acclaimed documentary "Beyond Beauty: Taiwan from Above" (看見台灣) on June 10.

Chi's award-winning documentary film not only shows magnificent footages of the mountains, coastlines and farmlands in Taiwan, but also uncovers man-made environmental destruction resulting from the country's economic development.

It raised awareness among Taiwanese of the need to protect and preserve the nation's natural beauty.

(By Matt Yu and Isabel Wang)

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