President Ma moved by aerial documentary
Central News Agency
2014-01-05 10:10 PM
Taipei, Jan. 5 (CNA) President Ma Ying-jeou on Sunday said he was moved by a local documentary film and said the government must continue its efforts of environmental protection in order to maintain Taiwan's beauty. Ma said he felt touched and sorrowful after watching the Taiwanese documentary "Beyond Beauty: Taiwan From Above" earlier in the day because of the cases of environmental pollution and land destruction captured in the film. "We must continue our efforts to maintain the beauty of our homeland," he wrote in a Facebook post, adding that the Cabinet has assembled a task force focused on national land protection. Ma attended a screening of the box-office hit documentary on Sunday afternoon, accompanied by Vice President Wu Den-yih, Premier Jiang Yi-huah, Interior Minister Lee Hong-yuan, Culture Minister Lung Ying-tai and the film's director Chi Po-lin. The documentary shot entirely from the air highlights both Taiwan's natural beauty and the damage inflicted on its mountains, rivers and coastlines by natural disasters and human activities, sending a strong message on the importance of environmental protection. It has seen close to 1,000 private screenings booked by schools, businesses, government agencies, charity groups and individuals, according to distributor Activator Marketing Co. The film has grossed more than NT$190 million at theaters around the country since it opened Nov. 1. and has become a prime example in Taiwan of the government being prodded into action by the efforts of private individuals. (By Lee Shu-hua and Jeffrey Wu)
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