USC to screen Taiwan documentaries under Spotlight Taiwan project

Los Angeles, Aug. 22 (CNA) The University of Southern California (USC) has become the latest institution to enter into the Spotlight Taiwan cooperation program with the Taiwan Academy, Los Angeles to jointly promote Taiwanese culture in the U.S. city, an official said Thursday. Under a memorandum signed recently, the year-long cooperation will begin in October with the screening of nine Taiwanese documentaries, said Chi Tung-yang, director of the Taiwan Academy, Los Angeles, one of the institutions set up by Taiwan's Ministry of Culture to promote Taiwanese culture abroad. The list of films to be shown includes Beyond Beauty -- TAIWAN FROM ABOVE, a 2013 documentary on Taiwan's environment featuring spectacular aerial photography, A Rolling Stone, which tells the story of an autistic man and his father, and Rock Me To The Moon, a documentary on the friendship between six families battling rare diseases. The series of nine documentaries offers an in-depth exploration of Taiwan's society from the perspectives of families, culture, politics and environment, Chi said. Under the Spotlight Taiwan project, the Ministry of Culture works with leading foreign universities and mainstream art, culture, academic, and research organizations to jointly sponsor a diverse array of activities that promote Taiwan's culture and research on Taiwan. In addition to the USC, a similar memorandum has been signed with the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA), UC Berkeley and UC San Diego. Some 20 other universities in North America, Europe and Asia have also joined the Spotlight Taiwan project. (By Oscar Wu)