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Taiwan European Film Festival kicks off in Taipei

The Taiwan European Film Festival got underway Nov. 23 in Taipei City, underscoring the government’s dedication to deepening cultural links with friendly European nations.
Speaking at the opening ceremony, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Tien Chung-kwang praised the richness of European culture, adding that it is highly admired by the people of Taiwan. The festival provides an opportunity for local residents to experience and better understand the continent’s multiculturalism, he said.
Though over the past few years, Taiwan and the other countries around the world have been heavily impacted by COVID-19 and the Russia-Ukraine war, Taiwan has continued to cooperate with like-minded partners, the deputy minister said, adding that the government assisted multiple countries during the pandemic and has been supporting Ukraine with regular humanitarian aid.
Filip Grzegorzewski, head of the European Economic and Trade Office, said the opening film, “Homeward,” is a Ukrainian production that reminds audiences that Ukrainians continue to fight for their homeland while upholding a free and democratic lifestyle. He also took the opportunity to express his gratitude to Taiwan for its unwavering support for the country.
Co-organized by EETO, the MOFA, the Ministry of Culture and Taipei’s Department of Cultural Affairs, this year’s festival marks the 19th edition of the annual event. A total of 19 films from 19 countries are being screened from Nov. 23, 2023, to Jan. 31, 2024, at universities, theaters and art venues in 14 cities and counties. (POC-E)
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