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film festival to showcase taiwan's artistic skills

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Patience Bambalele

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The Taiwan Film Festival, which is running at Cinema Nouveau in Rosebank, has provided locals with the opportunity to experience the rich texture of Taiwan's unique film-making.

The free festival features six award-winning Taiwanese films. Some outstanding female directors have emerged from Taiwan in recent years, including the likes of Singing Chen, Yu-shan Huang, Zero Chou and Wen-chen Tseng. The film festival primarily aims to showcase the excellent work of the four women.

Singing Chen is no stranger to South Africa, having taken part in the 29th Durban International Film Festival, where her new film, God Man Dog, won the award for the Best Screenplay.

God Man Dog is an unconventional film that explores the way people's lives converge in the aftermath of a fateful accident. Born in 1974, Chen is the youngest director to be showcased at this festival.

Yu-shan is regarded as one of the most underrated directors in Chinese-language cinema, with a career spanning a quarter century, dating back to 1983 when she made her debut with Ju Ming, a 15-minute documentary about a Taiwanese sculptor. She has never looked back.

She is an active artist and over the years has produced 20 feature films and documentaries.

In 1993, she founded Taiwan's influential Women Make Waves Film Festival to give female directors a platform to showcase their work.

The festival in Rosebank ends on Thursday and will continue on September 19 to 25 at Cape Town's V&A Waterfront Nouveau. Screenings will take place every evening at 5.30pm and 8.15pm.


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