|Taiwan festival to show film of
exiled Uighur leader
TAIPEI — A Taiwan film festival is set to screen a
documentary on the exiled leader of
the Uighur minority next month, organizers said on
Saturday, in a move seen as bound to anger China.
The Kaohsiung Film Festival in the island's second
largest city is scheduled to show "Ten Conditions of
Love" on the World Uighur Congress leader Rebiya Kadeer,
said organizer Liu Hsiu-ying.
"We selected Kadeer's film because it fits one of this
year's themes -- 'people power.' Our goal is to promote
arts and culture, we hope people will not see it from a
political angle," Liu told AFP.
More than 70 films from around the world are scheduled
to be screened at the festival between October 16-29,
she said, adding it was a coincidence that none of them
was from China.
Beijing has labeled the US-based Muslim minority leader
a "criminal" and accused her of inciting recent ethnic
violence in the restive Xinjiang region in which
authorities say nearly 200 people died.
Last month, China strongly protested Kadeer's visit to
Australia for the screening of her biopic at the
Melbourne International Film Festival, while Chinese
directors boycotted the festival.
Observers said screening the Kadeer film is likely to
further irritate Beijing, which was already seething
over the Dalai Lama's visit to Taiwan earlier this week.
The Tibetan spiritual leader was invited by officials
from the island's pro-independence opposition Democratic
Progressive Party, including Kaohsiung mayor Chen Chu,
to comfort victims of Typhoon Morakot.
He had said repeatedly that his visit was
"non-political," but China, which regards Taiwan as part
of its territory, voiced anger and cancelled several
delegations to the island.
The visit came at an awkward time for Taiwan's
Beijing-friendly government as it seeks to improve ties
and benefit from the explosive growth of the mainland's