Taipei, Sept. 17 (CNA) This year’s Taiwan International Human Rights Film Festival, which kicks off Sept. 23, aims to explore ethical issues surrounding museums and the ownership of their collections, organizers say. .

Under the themes “Who owns the museum?” (誰的博物館) and “Human Rights Panorama” (人權廣角鏡), the National Museum for Human Rights (NHRM) organized screenings of 11 films highlighting both the educational role of museums and the political conflicts regarding the appropriation of cultural artefacts.

One of the festival’s most topical inclusions is Dutch director Oeke Hoogendijk’s ‘Treasures of Crimea’, which documents the geopolitical wrangling over a collection of historic Ukrainian artefacts stuck in a museum in Amsterdam after annexation. of Crimea by Russia.

The NHRM said an International Museum Day statement that “museums have the power to transform the world around us” from the International Council of Museums inspired the festival’s theme.

The NHRM added that it hopes the films from the festival will highlight the social and educational responsibilities of the museum and raise awareness of human rights.

According to the NHRM, seven of the featured films will make their Asian premieres at the festival.

Admission to festival screenings is free, with information on how to obtain tickets available on the Taiwan International Human Rights Film Festival website.

An online version of the festival will also be held from September 26 to October 10, while designated screenings will launch between October 15 and November 20.

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