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OCU Hosts Taiwan Festival
Oklahoma City University is hosting a film festival and photo exhibit this weekend in honor of the state’s 30th anniversary of having sister-state relations with Taiwan. An opening reception for the Ang Lee Film Festival and “Enchanting Taiwan” photo exhibition will be at 6:30 p.m. Friday in the Tom and Brenda McDaniel University Center. There will be screenings of Taiwanese documentary films and a panel discussion. All events are free to the public. OCU has teamed up with the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office (TECO) in Houston to organize the event. Benjamin Chang, director of administrative information systems at OCU and festival organizer, said he is looking forward to sharing his native culture with Americans. “This event will give Oklahomans a chance to learn more about the culture, traditions, and beautiful scenery of this island in the western Pacific,” Chang said. “Enchanting Taiwan” is a series of photos about life on the island. Movies by Ang Lee will highlight Taiwan’s best-known filmmaker. Michael Lin of TECO said that while many Americans are familiar with Lee’s recent films like “Brokeback Mountain” and “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon,” the festival this weekend will showcase the filmmaker’s best examples Taiwanese culture. “His early films give American audiences the unique opportunity to experience the differences between Eastern and Western cultures,” he said. “Eat Drink Man Woman” will show at 7:30 p.m. Friday. The film follows the love lives of a Taiwanese chef’s three daughters. It was nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the 1995 Academy Awards and won Best Film at the 1995 Asia-Pacific Film Festival. “The Wedding Banquet” will show at 2:30 p.m. Saturday. It is the story of a gay Taiwanese man’s maneuvers to keep his homosexuality a secret from his parents. It won Best Film at the 1993 Berlin Film Festival and Best Film, Best Director, and Best Adapted Screenplay at the 1993 Golden Horse Awards. The film was also nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the 1994 Academy Awards. Lee’s first movie “Pushing Hands” will show at 2:30 p.m. Sunday. The film shows the story of an elderly tai-chi master who must negotiate a new life in the United States. It won Best Film at the 1992 Asia-Pacific Film Festival and Best Actor at Taiwan’s Golden Horse Awards. For more information, contact Chang at bchang@okcu.edu or (405) 208-5324.