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2019 Taiwan International Labor Film Festival

Taiwan International Labor Film Festival (TILFF) began in 2011. With the encouragement from Canadian Labor International Film Festival (CLIFF) and DC Labor Fest, Taiwan began its first labor film festival in Taoyuan and spread it to other cities. In 2016, Labor Department of Taipei City Government decided to organize labor film festival to promote the value of labor and union.

2019 TILFF is hosted by The Awakening Foundation. The Foundation plays an important role in advocating women's rights in many areas, including human trafficking, domestic violence, gender stereotyping, sexual harassment and discrimination in the workplace. This year, TILFF introduces labor issues with a gender perspective. We want to present the struggles of worker under gender stereotype and segregation, and how workers fight back to break through the gender barriers. 

All our screening activities are free by taking tickets outside the cinema.


1. SPOT-Huashan Cinema / Oct. 26th-27th
No.1, Sec. 1, Bade Rd., Zhongzheng Dist., Taipei City 100, Taiwan (Link to Google Map)

2. GIS Taipei Tech Convention Center / Oct. 28th-Nov. 1st
Everlight Building 2F., No. 1, Sec. 3, Zhongxiao E. Rd., Da’an Dist., Taipei City 106, Taiwan (Link to Google Map)

3. National Taiwan Normal University (Gongguan Campus) / Nov. 2nd-Nov. 3rd
Lecture & Research Building 1F., No. 88, Sec. 4, Tingzhou Rd., Wenshan Dist., Taipei City 116, Taiwan (Link to Google Map)

Different But Same

A Bittersweet Dilemma

TWN │ 2018 │ Colour │ 48min │ G-rating
Taiwanese nurses are facing long-term overwork and related health problems. They were once committed to the Nightingale Pledge, dreaming of helping people. However, over 3000 people (about 40% of the licensed nurses in Taiwan) choose to give up their career as a nurse. This documentary wants to reveal what happened to them.

Tim Yang
Graduated from CGU School of Medicine, Tim now works as a resident doctor. During his work, Tim saw many nurses undergoing unreasonable work environment. He filmed A Bittersweet Dilemma in hopes of calling out attention and empathy for the healthcare professionals.  The documentary has won the Silver Award of International Independent Film Award in 2019.

Language: Mandarin
Subtitle: Mandarin

10/26 Sat. 15:45* SPOT-Huashan, 10/30 Wed. 19:00* GIS Taipei Tech

Battle Of The Sexes

USA │ 2017 │ Colour │ 122min │ PG-13
Emma Stone and Steve Carell bring their A game to this crowd-pleaser based on the electrifying true story of the 1973 tennis match between women’s champion Billie Jean King and former men’s champ Bobby Riggs. As fierce rivals on opposite sides of the court and the gender equality issue, Billie Jean and Bobby served up a cultural spectacle that resonated far beyond the sporting world.

Jonathan Dayton & Valerie Faris
Jonathan and Valerie have built an impressive body of work by perpetually seeking innovative projects in a variety of mediums. They have won two Grammy Awards for directing music videos and documentaries.  In 1998, they co-founded "Bob Industries", one of the leading commercial production companies. They’ve also done extensive work in television and film, including Little Miss Sunshine and Ruby Sparks.

Language: English
Subtitle: Mandarin

10/27 Sun. 12:30 SPOT-Huanshan


UK │ 2015 │ Colour │ 120min │ PG-13
It's the summer of 1984, Margaret Thatcher is in power and the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) is on strike. At the Gay Pride March in London, a group of gay and lesbian activists decides to raise money to support the families of the striking miners. They set off in a minibus to a mining village in deepest Wales to make their donation in person. And so begins the extraordinary story of two seemingly alien communities who form a surprising and ultimately triumphant partnership.

Matthew Warchus
Matthew Warchus is a British director of theatre, opera and film. He was nominated and awarded in several prestigious theatre awards for best directing. As a film director, Matthew is known for Pride (2014) and Simpatico (1999).

Language: English
Subtitle: Mandarin

10/26 Sat. 18:25 SPOT-Huanshan


USA │ 2018 │ Colour │ 99min │ G-rating
The exceptional life and career of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who has developed a breathtaking legal legacy while becoming an unexpected pop culture icon.

Betsy West & Julie Cohen
Betsy and Julie are video journalists and filmmakers with over three decades experience in news and documentaries. They were nominated for a 2019 Academy Award in the Best Documentary (Feature) category for their work on RBG.

Language: English
Subtitle: Mandarin

10/26 Sat. 10:30 SPOT-Huanshan, 11/3 Sun. 16:00* NTNU Gongguan Campus

Migrate And Struggle

Lesbian Factory

TWN │ 2010 │ Colour │ 57min │ G-rating
In late 2004, 125 Philippines women migrant workers came to the Taiwan International Workers' Association (TIWA) to file complaints for not receiving their salary. While filming, there were sweet scenes of lesbian couples cuddling each other in front of the camera. This documentary of labor struggle unexpectedly became love stories. These women courageously fight against the state policies while struggling for love! (TIDF)

Susan, Su-Hsian Chen
After being a journalist for years, Susan has become a full-time labor activist since 1991. She joined the Full Shot Communication Foundation training workshop in 2003 and learned to make grass root documentaries. Since then she has filmed people in the movement and producing labor related documentaries. She also coordinated workshops, using visual media to empower and organize workers. 

Language: English
Subtitle: Mandarin

11/1 Fri. 19:00* GIS Taipei Tech

Rainbow Popcorn

TWN │ 2012 │ Colour │ 64min │ PG
Rainbow Popcorn is the sequel of Lesbian Factory. TIWA tracked down these workers and followed them overseas and continued to document their love and life stories. As lesbians and migrant workers, they are like migratory birds in the ever-changing world. Hard for us to keep up with.
Susan, Su-Hsian Chen
After being a journalist for years, Susan has become a full-time labor activist since 1991. She joined the Full Shot Communication Foundation training workshop in 2003 and learned to make grass root documentaries. Since then she has filmed people in the movement and producing labor related documentaries. She also coordinated workshops, using visual media to empower and organize workers. 

Language: English
Subtitle: Mandarin

11/1 Fri. 19:00* GIS Taipei Tech

Les filles du soleil (Girls Of The Sun)

FRENCH │ 2018 │ Colour │ 112min │ PG-13
In a bloody attack led by extremists, Bahar’s taken prisoner with her son, later snatched to become a child soldier. After her escape from sex slavery, she’s now the commander of a female battalion, Girls of the Sun. A French war journalist, Mathilde, comes to cover the attack and bear witness to the stories of these extraordinary warriors, united by their quest for hope, life, and liberty.

Eva Husson
French director and screenwriter. Les filles du soleil, her second feature film, was selected for the official competition in 2018 Cannes Film Festival. Eva participated in 2018 Women Make Waves Film Festival in Taiwan.

Language: French, Kurdish, English, Arabic
Subtitle: Mandarin

10/27 Sun. 18:00 SPOT-Huanshan

A Woman Captured

HUNGARY │ 2017 │ Colour │ 89min │ PG
A Woman Captured is about Marish, a 52-year-old Hungarian woman who has been serving a family for a decade, working 20 hours a day - without getting paid. Her ID was taken away by her oppressors and she's not allowed to leave the house without permission. Treated like an animal, she only gets leftovers to eat and no bed to sleep in.
Marish spends the days with fear in her heart, but dreaming of getting her life back.
The film follows Marish’s heroic journey back to freedom.

Bernadett Tuza-Ritter
Hungarian independent film director and editor specializing in creative documentaries and fiction. In 2013 she worked as a director in a project called Cinetrain – Russian Winter which won the audience award at Vision du Reel documentary festival. Her first feature length documentary A Woman Captured was selected by Sundance Film Festival 2018 – World Cinema Documentary Competition. It is the first Hungarian feature length film ever to compete at Sundance.

Language: Hungarian
Subtitle: Mandarin

10/27 Sun. 20:30 SPOT-Huanshan

Where We Belong

TWN │ 2017 │ Colour │ 30min │ G-rating
Da-hua who is an overseas Chinese in Myanmar. He and his daughter moved back to Northern Myanmar, seeking chances to earn a fortune through jade mining. His wife A-Bu who opened an Yunnan-Burmese cuisine restaurant, chose to stay in Taiwan with their five-year-old son for better education. The story is about this separated family.

Myo Aung
Myo Aung is a Burmese Chinese who is currently studying for a Master’s Degree in the Department of Filmmaking at Taipei National University of the Arts. His films focus on the status of Burmese living in Taiwan.

Language: Mandarin
Subtitle: Mandarin

10/27 Sun. 10:30 SPOT-Huanshan, 11/3 Sun. 19:20* NTNU Gongguan Campus

Stand In My Shoes

Off The Factories

TWN │ 2018 │ Colour │ 48min │ G-rating
Inside the factories, people work in the same uniform. When off work, workers all have their own life. The film documents 4 female workers: Su-Mei, Huang-Zhu, Mei-Hui and Huang Chou, provides stories about the obstacles at work and how they face the world with their resilience and strength.

Hsiao-Wen Hsu
Graduated from Department of Radio & Television, National ChengChi University, Hsiao-Wen is one of the directors of many films and TV series. She is currently a freelancer focusing on gender issues.

Language: Mandarin
Subtitle: Mandarin

10/27 Sun. 10:30 SPOT-Huanshan, 10/31 Thu. 19:00* GIS Taipei Tech

The War Of Roses

TWN │ 2002 │ Colour │ 59min │ G-rating
Four women from different places were experiencing similar fights against sexual harassment. Beneath these cases lies the imbalanced gender power relations and cultural structure that have haunted everyone. Produced by Awakening Foundation, this is the first Taiwanese film documenting sexual harassment.

Mickey Chen
Documentary film director, gender and human rights advocator and board member of Persons with HIV/AIDS Rights Advocacy Association of Taiwan (PRAATW).
In 1999, he released one of the first documentaries to focus on the gay community, Boys for Beauty. The film was then exported to Japan. He is an important icon in the era of time.

Language: Mandarin
Subtitle: Mandarin

10/26 Sat. 21:00 SPOT-Huanshan, 11/2 Sat. 19:45* NTNU Gongguan Campus


USA │ 2018 │ Colour │ 96min │ PG-13
The film is about Marlo, a mother of three, including a newborn. Marlo's brother gives her a night nanny as a gift. Hesitant with the extravagance at first, Marlo comes to form a unique bond with the thoughtful, surprising, and sometimes challenging young nanny named Tully.

Jason Reitman
A producer and director, known for Juno (2007). His comedy films often touch on serious subjects - Media spin and the dangers of cigarettes in Thank You for Smoking (2005), teen pregnancy in Juno, and economic downturn in Up in the Air (2009).

Language: English
Subtitle: Mandarin

10/29 Tue. 19:00* GIS Taipei Tech

Welcome To Playhouse

South Korea │ 2015 │ Colour │ 97min │ G-rating
Life changes for Soo-vin when she becomes pregnant at 23 before marriage. She struggles not to lose herself within all of her roles - wife, daughter-in-law, mother - and tries to maintain a sense of normalcy and self-understanding amid the chaos.

Soo-Vin Kim
Born in 1987, she majored in Broadcasting at Korea National University of Arts. When she was 21, she is an assistant director, interpreter and translator, participating in numerous musical projects. Her documentary Welcome to Playhouse (2013) was selected by Jeonju International Film Festival in 2015.

Language: Korean
Subtitle: Mandarin

10/27 Sun. 15:15* SPOT-Huanshan

Fight Like A Woman


SINGAPORE │ 2018 │ Colour │ 12min │ PG-13
Four cashier aunties lock themselves up inside the supermarket late at night to protest against their job losses as the chain transits into a cashless system. The manager came and gave every good words. Will these auties accept his offer?

Wei-Ting Tan
Wei-Ting was learning theatre, until she entered film institute and fell in love with movies. Being a introvert, she worked as screenwriter and editor in short films and has won several awards. Ca$h is her directorial debut. The film was listed in the 41st Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival in 2019.

Language: Mandarin, English
Subtitle: Mandarin

10/26 Sat. 15:45* SPOT-Huanshan

Union Maids

USA │ 1976 │ BW │ 52min │ G-rating
Sitdowns, scabs, goon squads, unemployment, hunger marches, red baiting and finally the energetic birth of the CIO :  the 1930s were a landmark period for the American labor movement. Union Maids is the story of three women who lived that history and make it come alive today. It was the first film of its kind–an oral history, using a wealth of footage from the National Archives to chronicle the fight to form industrial unions as seen through the eyes of rank and file women.

Jim Klein & Miles Mogulescu & Julia Reichert
Jim has been making independent film as director and editor since 1970s. He and Julia are the founders of the pioneering film distribution co-operative New Day Films and active in the filmmaker organizations that shaped the field. Julia has been called a godmother of the American independent film movement. She is a mom, a grandma, and a three time Oscar nominee for her documentary work. Union Maids is also co-produced and co-directed by Miles. He is a producer/filmmaker, entertainment attorney and political activist.

Language: English
Subtitle: Mandarin

10/26 Sat. 13:10* SPOT-Huanshan, 11/2 Sat. 14:00* NTNU Gongguan Campus

Deux jours, une nuit  (Two Days, One Night)

FRENCH │ 2014 │ Colour │ 96min │ PG
Sandra is a factory worker who has suffered from depression. Her workmates were offered EUR1,000 bonus in exchange for agreeing on her dismissal. Sandra has only a weekend to convince her colleagues to give up their bonuses in order to keep her job.

Jean-Pierre Dardenne & Luc Dardenne
Jean Pierre and Luc Dardenne started making documentary around 1980. They have always been caring for the blue-collar workers. Rosetta won the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Festival in 1999, marking them the first Belgian filmmakers ever to earn the honor. The labor law, Rosetta plan, which protects young workers in Belgium was named after the film.

Language: French
Subtitle: Mandarin

11/2 Sat. 16:30* NTNU Gongguan Campus

I Want My Children, I Want My Job

TWN │ 1999 │ Colour │ 40min │ G-rating
To tell people about pregnancy discrimination at work, Awakening Foundation invited Ms. Guo to film a documentary I Want My Children, I Want My Job. The film is about female workers being dismissed or bullied because of pregnancy. By sharing their stories, Taiwan government was urged to pass Act of Gender Equality in Employment in 2002. 

Awakening Foundation
In 1982 a group of Taiwanese women actively working towards gender equality published the "Awakening Magazine" in order to promote women's rights and self-awareness. Once the Martial Law lifted in 1987, the group members established the Awakening Foundation in order to further mobilize women and offer social resources to the community.

Language: Mandarin
Subtitle: Mandarin

10/26 Sat. 15:45* SPOT-Huanshan, 10/28 Mon. 19:00* GIS Taipei Tech

The Care Revolution: The Transformation of Home Health Care in Oregon

USA │ 2018 │ Colour │ 28min │ G-rating
The Care Revolution tells the inspiring story of the first wave of organizing by Oregon’s home care workers. Grounded in extensive interviews, the film traces the history and explains how union representation has transformed the lives of caregivers and improved the quality of care.
The union has encouraged community and political engagement among its members, helping them to find a “voice and a purpose” and “become a whole different person”. 

Sonia De La Cruz
Sonia is an Assistant Professor in Communication at the University of Washington. Her scholarship broadly focuses on media activism and collaborative media practices. Her research centers on US Latinx and Latin American, including indigenous and other marginalized communities. Sonia is also a filmmaker who has produced social-cultural and ethnographic documentaries, addressing human rights and social justice issues.

Language: English
Subtitle: Mandarin

10/26 Sat. 21:00 SPOT-Huanshan, 11/3 Sun. 14:00* NTNU Gongguan Campus