Taiwan Women’s Film Series Featuring Director Yu-shan Huang

On March 25th, Taipei Cultural Center organized a press conference for journalists to meet with female director Yu-shan Huang and announced its launch of 2016 Taiwan Women’s Film Series. Special guests attended the press conference including Ambassador Lily L. W. Hsu, Director Susan Yu of the Taipei Cultural Center and David Callahan, Principal Librarian, Reserve Film and Video Collection, Performing Arts Library at Lincoln Center.

Director Yu-shan Huang, born 1954, is an accomplished filmmaker from Penghu Island, Taiwan. Being well-known for her commitment to women’s issues, she is also a founder or co-founder of numerous feminist networks and platforms, including Taiwan’s Women’s Make Waves film festival, and the South Taiwan Film Festival, which features works of independent filmmakers from many countries.

Returning to Taiwan after obtaining her MA in Cinema Studies, Tisch School of the Arts at NYU in 1982, Yu-shan Huang launched her career as a filmmaker and film critic.  She became quite famous internationally as the director of the film The Twin Bracelets, which critiques the suppression of women – and shows them justly revolting against it.

Since the 1990s, Yu-shan Huang has directed a number of other noteworthy films, such as Peony Birds, Spring Cactus, The Strait Story, The Song of Cha-tian Mountain, The Forgotten and Southern Night, as well as many documentaries. Her latest feature, Taste of Life, was released in Taiwan in 2015.

Yu-shan Huang is an important Taiwanese film maker who has made significant contributions to Chinese cinema in the areas of aesthetics and cultural history. Her focus is the woman’s viewpoint, and frequently challenges the status quo in what has been a male-dominated society.

For more about Taiwan Women Film Series, please visit: http://www.tpecc.org/?p=5722

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