The 2022 Taiwan International Human Rights Film Festival will kick off on Sept. 23 with a selection of 11 films from home and abroad to be screened at SPOT Huashan cinema in Taipei City from Sept. 23 through 25, and a series of collaborative screenings will be held from Oct. 15 through Nov. 20. An online version of the festival will also be held from Sept. 26 until Oct. 10.
The organizer National Human Rights Museum (NHRM) stated in its press release that in response to the theme of International Museum Day 2022 "The Power of Museums," a selection of domestic and international films was selected under the themes "Whose Museum?" (誰的博物館) and "Human Rights Panorama" (人權廣角鏡), of which seven films will be making their Asian premiere, and two will be making their premiere in Taiwan. The lineup includes "Returning Soul" by Hu Tai-li (胡台麗).
NHRM stated that the screening will focus on issues including colonial history, the ownership of cultural relics, and transitional justice. Meanwhile, NHRM will explore ethnic conflicts, state violence, and environmental justice with the audience through films narrating stories from different eras, countries, and life experiences.
During the program guide on Sept. 17, two members of the film selection team Kuo Ming-jung (郭敏容) and Zoe Chen Jun-rong (陳俊蓉) shared their curatorial process. Film researcher Su Chih-heng (蘇致亨) who was a winner of the Taiwan Literature Award with "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood Taiwan" was also invited to walk the audience through the film list and share their personal favorites.
The NHRM added that the festival is now in its sixth year, and it hopes to highlight the social and educational responsibilities of museum and increase public awareness of human rights through the selected films.
(Photo credit: National Human Rights Museum)