Scenes from Formosa showcase Taiwanese filmmakers at Your Kontinent

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      Fans of Asian cinema will want to get out to the Richmond Cultural Centre (7700 Minoru Gate) this evening for two Taiwanese films in Mandarin with English subtitles.

      As part of the 2014 Your Kontinent International Film & Media Arts Festival, there will be a 20-minute short, "Magagahai", starting at 6:30 p.m.

      It revolves around an encounter between an American cyclist and another rider of Amis descent. The Amis are one of 14 recognized aboriginal groups in Taiwan.

      In recent years, Taiwan (Republic of China) has become a cycling mecca for tourists.

      This film, which was directed by Patrick Yu, highlights some of the reasons why, showcasing the East Asian island's spectacular scenery.

      "Magagahai" will be followed at 7 p.m. by the international premiere of the 125-minute feature, Anywhere, Somewhere, Nowhere, which was directed by Leading Lee.

      It's Lee's autobiographical journey tracking a swimming instructor and a young film director on a motorcycle ride around Taiwan. The director is mourning the loss of his father.

      In addition, the evening includes a photo exhibition called "A Narrative of Light and Shadow" featuring the work of female Taiwanese photographers.