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Discovery Channel celebrates ROC centennial (Taiwan Today)

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A three-part HD documentary on Taiwan, made jointly by the Discovery Channel and the Government Information Office, will be released in October in celebration of the ROC centennial, GIO Minister Philip Yang said Sept. 27.

By  Grace Kuo

In Taiwan Today (09/28/2011)

The 3 programs are “Taiwan Revealed: The Presidential Office,” “Taiwan Revealed: Heritage and Spirit” and “Taiwan Revealed: Innovation and Future.”

After watching previews of the documentary, ROC President Ma Ying-jeou said it never crossed his mind that the place he works in every day—the Presidential Office—would appear so magnificent under the camera’s lens.

“This building, almost a century old, has accompanied our people in undergoing the hardships of the country,” Ma said. “Through the documentary, the world can rediscover Taiwan and Taiwan can rediscover itself.”

The documentary also describes the lives of nine citizens who exemplify the spirit of Taiwan, including Chung Ying-ying, a famous koi breeder, Wang Yi-yong, a master chef, and Chao Chung-kun, captain of the Kinmen Defense Command’s landmine removal unit.

“We hope that through these films audiences throughout Asia can see the diversity and cultural landscape of Taiwan,” Yang said, adding that the documentary on the Presidential Office will be released Oct. 2, while the ones on Taiwan’s heritage and innovation will be shown Oct. 9 and Oct. 16, respectively.

[Tom Keaveny, the president and managing director, Discovery Networks Asia-Pacific, commented in World Screen, “Discovery has been bringing Asian stories to the world since we began operations in Asia more than 15 years ago. "Taiwan Revealed" underscores our commitment to creating compelling local content that resonates with audiences across the region with the support of our local partners, such as GIO. The series celebrates the unique Taiwanese spirit and meaningfully reflects on the country’s rich cultural past while documenting another significant moment in its history.”

Taiwan Government Information Office Minister, Philip Yang, added in World Screen, “Creativity is Taiwan’s greatest asset. In recent years, the government has committed tremendous resources and incentivisation packages to promoting cultural and creative industries. The partnership between Taiwan’s filmmakers and Discovery Channel is an excellent platform to showcase Taiwan’s many faces and nurture talents in the filmmaking industry.”]

SOURCE: Taiwan Today (28/09/2011)


. “Discovery Channel celebrates Taiwan’s 100th anniversary” World Screen (27/09/2011)

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