See You, Lovable Strangers - 2017台灣國際勞工影展

2017年9月19日 星期二

See You, Lovable Strangers

Taiwan / 2016 / BD / Colour / 62min


NGUYEN Kim-Hong、TSAI Tsung-Lung

Nguyen is a new immigrant in Taiwan from Vietnam. In 2000, she was married to a man in Taiwan through a marriage agency, divorced in 2008 because she experienced domestic violence. She was remarried in 2009 and started to volunteer with communities of new immigrants, then started to shoot documentaries. She shoot her family story and other Vietnam sisters who experienced divorce in 2011. And Out/Marriage is her first documentary and was nominated as Best Documentary in both Taipei Film Festival and South Taiwan Film Festival.

TSAI Tsung-Lung is currently an assistant professor of the Department of Communications at the National Chung Cheng University, a documentary producer of Taiwan Public Television Service (PTS) and works as an independent documentary producer and director. Tsai’s works take a rational analytical and humane approach to his subjects. Social issues regarding human rights, environmental crisis, and culture diversities have long been his concerns. See You, Lovable Strangers is awarded by 2017 Taoyuan Film Festival.


In 2017, the total number of migrant workers in Taiwan has reached six hundred thousand people which is higher than the total population of indigenous people in Taiwan as well as the total population of new immigrants. As of the end of 2016, there are almost sixty thousand illegal migrant workers in Taiwan and most of them are from Vietnam. Under the negative portrayals in the press, they wander around the island and work in all corners of the society while concealing their identity to avoid the hunting from the police with the carrot-and- stick approach day and night.

The director of the film is a newly immigrated Vietnamese-Taiwanese who happens to know some of these Vietnamese workers living outside of their own country. She gradually understands their reasons for embarking on this money-making journey full of frustration, fear, and hardships. The film is generate with first hand witness records. The film is an attempt to stimulate proper response on migrant workers’ human rights from both Taiwan and Vietnam government and to reduce unnecessary conflicts and discrimination.