- Where: Taipei, Taichung, Taitung
When: May 1-6, 2014
Film Forward heads back to Taiwan for a packed program of film screenings, filmmaker workshops and discussions for its second consecutive year. In collaboration with American Institute in Taiwan and CNEX, Film Forward will travel with filmmakers Patrick Creadon (director, If You Build It) and Nisha Pahuja (director, The World Before Her) to Taipei, Taichung and Taitung.
If You Build It spends a year in the life of one of America’s most innovative classrooms and reveals both the failings of our broken education system and a hope for a new kind of classroom where students become the architects of their own futures. The World Before Her delivers a provocative portrait of India and its current cultural conflicts during a key transitional era in the country's modern history. It takes a look at two extreme ways of life in India – Miss India pageant’s rigorous beauty boot camp and the intense regime of a militant Hindu fundamentalist camp for young girls.
Other films that will be screening with this program but without filmmaker representatives are: Circles, Dancing In Jaffa, Fruitvale Station, The Rocket, Twenty Feet From Stardom and Valentine Road.
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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 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.