Taiwan

  • Where: Taipei, Taichung
    When: September 19-22, 2015

    Film Forward returns to Taiwan for the third year to collaborate with CNEX and the American Institute in Taiwan. Filmmakers Geeta Patel (director, Meet The Patels), Lacey Schwartz (director, Little White Lie), and Malik Vitthal (director, Imperial Dreams) will join the program, touring Taipei and Taichung for film screenings, Q&As, filmmaker panels, and workshops. 

    The following Film Forward films will be featured in the 2015 Taipei Documentary Film Festival: Little White Lie, The Internet's Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz, and We Are The Giant.

    Imperial Dreams provides a nuanced perspective to issues of violence, crime, and poverty through the powerful story of Bambi, a young man recently released from prison who uses his talent for writing to escape  his inner-city neighborhood and provide a better life for his son.  Meet The Patels, a personal documentary that is both hilarious and heartbreaking, is an honest look at the journey of an Indian-American family as they struggle to find the balance between tradition, marriage and love. Little White Lie documents the personal story of director Lacey Schwartz as she confronts a family secret that ultimately leads her on a journey of re-discovery, grappling with her dual identity of being Black and Jewish. 

    Schedule Of Events

    All events are free and open to the public.

    Sunday, September 20
    10:30am Imperial Dreams
    Discussion with director Malik Vitthal following film
    Spot Huashan, 2F, Taipei City

    Discussion with director Malik Vitthal following film.
    Discussion with director Lacey Schwartz following film.
    Discussion with director Geeta Patel following the film.
    Monday, September 21
    Discussion with director Lacey Schwartz following film.
    Discussion with director Malik Vitthal following film.
    Tuesday, September 22
    Discussion with director Geeta Patel following the film.
    Discussion with director Geeta Patel following the film
    Discussion with director Malik Vitthal following film.
    For information about additional Film Forward screenings at Fuzhong 15 Documentary Theater, please click here.
     
    For information about additional Film Forward screenings at Spot Huashan, please click here.

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  • Program Collaborators

    The American Institute in Taiwan
    The American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) is a non-profit, private corporation established shortly after the United States Government changed its diplomatic recognition from Taipei to Beijing on January 1, 1979. The Taiwan Relations Act of April 10, 1979, authorized the continuation of "commercial, cultural and other relations between the people of the United States and the people on Taiwan." It also provided that "any programs, transactions, or other relations conducted or carried out by the President or any Agency of the United States Government with respect to Taiwan shall, in the manner and to the extent directed by the President, be conducted and carried out by or through the American Institute in Taiwan." The Department of State, through a contract with the Institute, provides a large part of AIT's funding and guidance in its operations. Congress, in passing the Taiwan Relations Act, also assumed an oversight role with respect to the Institute's operations.

    CNEX
    CNEX is the short form of “Chinese Next”. CNEX is a non-profit organization founded by a group of professionals, from Mainland China, Taiwan and Hong Kong, who are passionate about Chinese culture. It is devoted to the production and promotion of documentaries related to the Chinese people. CNEX provides a platform of supports for and exchanges among Chinese documentary filmmakers by organizing and coordinating international cultural activities, both of independent initiatives or securing supports from governments. It aims to help more professionals in the effort of preserving cultures of Chinese communities, in the forms of visual and audio documents. CNEX hopes to establish and develop a library of global Chinese nonfiction work, and to enhance a sustainable strategy for the contemporary Chinese documentary making.

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