Boyet was a Filipino migrant worker in Taiwan. He participated in TIWA’s film-making training workshops and documented the difficult working conditions of migrant workers in Taiwan. Boyet said that he hoped his family in the Philippines could understand how difficult it was for him to make money in Taiwan.
Taiwan International Workers’ Association (TIWA)
台灣國際勞工協會（Taiwan International Workers’ Association, TIWA）成立於1999年10月30日，是為全國第一個以外籍勞動者為服務對象的本地民間組織，關懷對象遍及外籍勞工與外籍配偶。台灣國際勞工協會成立之宗旨，以增進因婚姻或工作來台的移民，與本地社群之交流、改善外籍勞工及配偶的勞動環境與社會處境、增進勞動階層的權益福祉為目標。2008年進行為期一年的「移工轟拍影像工作坊」，並於2009年展出，試圖透過影像組織外籍移工，為自己發聲。總共完成了六部短片，包括四名移工紀錄自己來台的工作/生活，及兩位本地勞工朋友拍攝關於移工主題的影片。
Taiwan International Workers’ Association (TIWA) was established in October 30, 1999. It is the first local NGO in Taiwan to work for the rights of migrant workers and the work extends to include to migrant workers and foreign spouses. The main goals of TIWA are to promote cooperation between migrants and local workers, to improve the working conditions and social environment for migrant workers and foreign spouses in Taiwan, and to increase workers’ rights and benefits. To organize migrant workers to speak for themselves, TIWA initiated a year-long “Video Making Workshops for Migrant Workers” in 2008 and held film shows in 2009. Six short videos were produced from the workshop, including four migrants documenting their work and lives in Taiwan and two local workers documenting stories about migrants.
Chen-Yu, born in 2002, is a junior student at Cishan Junior High School. While participating in the Filmmaking Class of TransAsia Sisters Association, Taiwan (TASAT), featuring his Indonesian born mother’s signature dish “Egg Bombs”, he produced a short film titled “My Mom is a “Bomber”. The short film received a silver medal in Senao Documentary Competition for High School Students. He directly interviews his mother through the camera and has many hilarious and cute conversations. By recording the process that his mother cooks Egg Bombs, this film shows his mother’s homesickness, which is highly praised by the judges.
Shekh Al MAMUN
Shekh Al Mamun was born in Bangladesh in 1974, and became a naturalized Korean in 2009 and is living in Korea as a Korean. He is working as an activist of migration and a film director. He is now a chief vice person in the Migrants’ Trade Union in Korea, and working as a full-time activist in “Asia Media & Culture Factory (AMC Factory)”, which is an organization for the culture and art of migrants. He has directed a short film titled “PAKI” (means ‘bird’ in Bangla) in 2013, and this work has been showed on Seoul Independent Film Festival. Also Al Mamun has an experience of directing a short documentary film titled “Goodbye” in 2014, and this film has been showed in Seoul Independent Film Festival and Gwangju Independent Film Festival.
Olique is 23 years old, completing his final year at School of Creative Media at City University of Hong Kong. He was born in Bangladesh and has lived in Hong Kong for more than 15 years. In pursuing his passion for photography and videography especially/specializing in post-production, his major interests in video editing range from special fx, color grading, image manipulation through compositing. He has more than 6 years of experience in handling camera equipment while editing videos since he was 15. Apart from photography and video editing, he loves skill / strategy games. He is also a self-taught yoyo and kendama player. Other interests he is trying to develop include graphic design, drawing, 3D animation and a little bit of music making.
Mr. Ghale was born in Pokhara, Nepal in 1993. After graduating from high school he started to teach himself computer programming and film making. He moved to Tokyo on September of 2012 to live with his family who were in Tokyo. He started working in a Nepali Newspaper Company 尼泊爾新聞社in Tokyo as a designer and joined a NPO called Shinjuku Art Project (SAP) as a member while working there. Now he has been working as a staff in SAP and facilitates attendees with various workshops. He plans to produce a documentary on migrant youths coming to Japan who join night time high-school because they are not able to attend normal high-school/college due to their poor Japanese language knowledge.
Love Fang is an Indonesian born Chinese who started her acting career ever since her debut on Nyonya’s Taste of Life, Taiwan Public Television, which won the Golden Bell Awards for TV series best actress in 2007. She has also starred in both TV series and movies, such as Zon Pro Site, Baby Steps, Somewhere Over the Sky.
In 2001, Fang came to Taiwan and worked as a caregiver. Later on, she worked at an electronic factory where she met her husband. Fang is the first foreign spouse to win the Golden Bell Awards for best actress in Taiwanese history; however, after moving to Taiwan, she has experienced discrimination both as a migrant worker and a marriage migrant, and went through many tough times throughout her life. Being an immigrant has nurtured her acting career, and she hopes to change Taiwanese people’s prejudice towards foreign spouses through her acting.
Velu Peter Gana
Peter, who was born in India but raised in Hong Kong, is a Chinese-Indian actor. He can speak, read, and write Cantonese fluently. Hailed from a working class background, he quit secondary school and had to work to earn money. Before starting his acting career, Peter has worked intermittently as delivery man, driver, and construction worker.
With his brother Ricky Chan, he started to act in film in 2008: Tactical Unit: Partners, directed by Lau Kwok-cheong. Since then, he has been acting in movies and TV dramas. In RTHK’s docudrama Downstream(流放地)—he was cast in the leading role—it was nominated as Best Short Film in Taiwan’s Golden Horse Film Festival in 2013. The film tells the terrible and miserable lives of Peter in Hong Kong. Peter becomes more and more recognized by the industry and audience after he has played in over 30 TV dramas and 20 movies by 2015.
Mr. Kang was born in Tokyo in 1979. After graduating from Waseda University, he started his career producing TV programs for History Channel. He directed the documentary film “TESE” in 2011 that depicted Chong Tese, a Zainichi Korean soccer player who played as a member of the North Korean national team. He also co-authored a book about two Zainichi Korean soccer players who played for different national teams——Lee Tadanari for Japan and Chong Tese for North Korea. His long-term film projects are North Korea’s transformation under the Kim Jong Un regime and Myanmar’s democratization. Since 2012, he has been filming a Korean school in Kooriyama city, Fukushima Prefecture, which is still in operation after the 2011 Fukushima nuclear power plant accident. He is planning to start producing a new non-fiction film in 2016.
Susan Chen was a journalist of Progress Weekly and The Capital Morning Post. She became a full-time labor activist in 1991 and was the executive director of Solidarity Front of Woman Workers (SFWW), the secretary general of Committee for Action of Labor Legislation (CALL), and the chairperson of Taiwan International Workers’ Association (TIWA). She is currently the researcher of TIWA. She organized the first demonstration whose major participants were migrant workers in 2003, which fought for their rights at work. Since then the demonstration of migrant workers held every 2 years also becomes an important event of labor movements in Taiwan.
To organize migrant workers and initiate discussion of immigrants and migrant workers’ issues, Susan took the visual media training program of Full Shot Foundation to learn how to record labor movements by means of visual media. She endeavored to use visual materials for labor education. Her representative works are “Home Video on Blue Harbor” “Lesbian Factory,” and “Rainbow Popcorn.”
Jeong, So-hee was born in South Korea in 1976. Jeong majored in Media and Communications, and mostly worked in nonprofit organizations for culture and art. She has an experience of working for the support for citizenry production in Citizen Broadcast RTV Foundation, which is a public-access TV station, and Jeong worked actively in Migrant Worker Film Festival (now Migrant World Film Festival) as the team director. She also has an experience of working as an educational activist for the image and media education for migrant workers. Now as a full-time activist in ‘Asia Media & Culture Factory (AMC Factory) , which is a nonprofit organization for the culture and art of migrants, Jeong is working as an activist for the image and media education for the migrants and the elderly. Also, Jeong has directed a long film documentary “First Dance” as a producer of cinema photographic works, and this has been unspooled in Seoul LGBT Film Festival (now Seoul PRIDE Film Festival), Seoul Independent Documentary Film & Video Festival, and DMZ International Documentary Film Festival.
「混飯」是Cho Jieun和Yang Chulmo組成的藝術二人組，探索「移民」所造成的各種痕跡、歷程、結果和記憶。他們目前的工作是透過攝影、影像、動畫呈現出移民周遭的植物運送和演進，及其意料之外的情境。自2002年開始「混合飯」在移工中心開設「混合飯影像培訓班」，為期兩年半。這個影像培訓計畫接續發展成其他活動，包括跑馬燈劇場、國旗系列、混合食物。2006年的「返鄉」是隨移工從韓國返回母國的旅行計畫，這個計畫成為「混飯」的轉折點，讓他們意識到移工並不是以一群移工的身份流移，而是作為對遷移有個人想望的主體。自2006年起「混飯」與楊州市家具工廠的移工社群一起探討都市更新如何造成遷移的議題。他們在楊州市與由移工組織的獨立劇團合作創作了一齣名為《非法生活》的戲劇，「混飯」和移工合作的作品還有《小耳朵》、《舞台串起的歌》。
mixrice is the art duo Cho Jieun and Yang Chulmo. They explore various traces and processes, routes, results and memories of circumstances caused by “immigration.” Their current work illustrates transportation and evolution of plants, unexpected situations and contexts around immigrants through photography, video and cartoon. Having started projects since 2002, mixrice organized mixrice video class at Migrant workers Centre for two years and half. The video class led their activities to Marque Theatre, Flag Series, and Mix-food.
In 2006, Return is a kind of travel projects to meet migrant workers who returned from Korea to their original countries. Return is a turning point for mixrice to realize that how migrant workers drift not as a group of migrant workers but as a subject of individual desire in migration. Since 2006, mixrice has been working with a migrant community in Maseok Furniture factories in issues how urban redevelopment affects migration. They worked with the independent play group organised by migrant workers in a town called Maseok and performed a play, ‘Illegal Life” The collaborated works between mixrice and migrant workers are A Dish Antenna and A song connected from A Stage.
Since 2012, mixrice has been working on how plants migrate and re-create landscapes followed by people’s movements. mixrice works in two directions; one is to work with communities and the other is to question the state of migration by running various projects. mixrice focused on an unnamed time between past and present, flattened spaces due to incomprehensible development plans and systematic construction, individuals who do not belong to any place, and moments of absence that we experience. Recently they are interested in modern migration in Asia (the landscapes seen from modern Korean migrants) and making a factory in collaboration between artists and migrants in Maseok Furniture Factories.
Born in Hong Kong, Teresa Kwong is a promoter, curator and producer for film and media arts. Currently the Programme Director of the Hong Kong Arts Centre, she is committed to nurture and promote the next generation of Asian talents in creative media. Ms Kwong has been leading the ifva (Incubator for Film and Visual media in Asia), a leading festival for nurturing the next creative talents in moving images in the region for ten years between 2004 and 2014. Since 2001, she has become a member of NETPAC (Network for Promoters of Asian Cinema) and has been invited to be the jury member of various international film festivals, including the Pusan International Film Festival, Rotterdam International Film Festival, Women Film Festival in Seoul and Vesoul Asian Film Festival.
She has started producing films with a number of emerging filmmakers in Hong Kong and China since 2006. Addicted to Love (directed by LIU Hao, 2010), as an official selection in the 58th San Sebastian International Film Festival and the Cyclo d’or award winner (the 17th Vesoul International Film Festival of Asian Cinema 2011), is her debut feature producing project. Ms Kwong is also doing part time teaching on film and media arts administration at the Chinese University of Hong Kong.
海老原 周子 是非營利組織「新宿藝術計畫」的代表，也是位翻譯員。她成長於多元文化的背景，包括祕魯、英國和日本。慶應義塾大學畢業後，曾在日本國際交流基金會及其他國際組織工作。在2009年她開始舉辦藝術工作坊，為移民／民的子女和青年創造一個不同背景的人相互交流的空間。自2014年她開展了人力資源開發項目及培養年青人多元文化的敏感度。2015年她參加了社會企業家精神的培訓計畫。
Ms. Ebihara is the representative of Shinjuku Art Project, a non-profit organization, and an interpreter. She grew up multiculturally in Peru, the UK, and Japan. After graduating from Keio University, she worked at the Japan Foundation and other international organizations. In 2009, she started organizing art workshops for migrant children and youth to create a space for people with various backgrounds. Since 2014, she has launched a human recourse development project to cultivate young people with multicultural sensitivity. She participated in a training program for social entrepreneurship in 2015.
TASAT Theater is the first theater of marriage migrant women in Taiwan, organized by TransAsia Sisters Association, Taiwan (TASAT), the first national grassroots organization of marriage migrants from the Southeast Asia. TASAT Theater’s production reflects the realities experienced by immigrants and migrant workers. By empowering the oppressed through the people’s theater, TASAT Theater endeavors to expose the realities that the mainstream society ignores and does not want to see. The mission of TASAT Theater is to make the theater a field of empowerment, a platform of dialogues with the institutions and the general public, and a base for grassroots activism to engage more people to understand and support new immigrants. TASAT Theater is characterized by challenging elitism prevalent in professional theaters, foregrounding the subjectivity of the new immigrants, who not only manage the group but also produce the plays. Their theater production includes “Her Home His Home”, “Happiness, No U-turn?!” and “Please See Us.”
Sergelen Gantogoo is originally from Mongolia and lives in Korea for 9 years. His nickname is GANAA. He is a singer of Social Enterprise Multicultural Transnational Chorus in “MONTANT,” an organization of culture and art consisting of the members of 8 different nations (South Korea, Mongolia, the U.S.A., Myanmar, Indonesia, China, Tibet, and the Philippines). Montant performs songs sung and reinvented through Montant’s unique style comprised of each country’s music, and famous and familiar hits through a harmony of diverse voices and songs delivering social messages including those of the environment, peace, and togetherness.
Hector Constantino Telmo(SAiNT)
動力背後的創造力使他在錄音製作上總是能趨近完美，而為了創作音樂視頻(MV)而發展對影像製作的興趣，吸引無數人及有才華的年輕人的關注，因而促成2011年初「Dope Boy」樂團和「Without Equal Productions」影像公司的成立。身為一個夢想家，SAiNT也是「香港地下CYPHER」的組織者，這個團體由許多來自不同背景的人才組成，是香港嘻哈社群中第一個連結分散的個人並突破障礙的團體，也因而為他個人及Dope Boy樂團解散前開啟更多無限的機會。他現在與DJ Mojito (又名MC Amaze)緊密合作，在有生之年不斷發展更多想法和建立歷史。
The genius behind the momentum, always pushing to stay close to perfection in production in sound engineering at all times. Developed interest in film production due to the vision of making music videos. Attracting countless interested folks and young talents, this brought the 7 pride slaughter band ‘Dope Boy’ that was established early 2011 along with a filming company ‘Without Equal Productions’
As a visionary, SCF-SAiNT is also the organizer of the ‘Hong Kong Underground Cypher’ which feature many talents from different backgrounds. The first in his city to connect the dots and destroy barriers in the Hip-Hop community. This opened more countless opportunities ahead for him and his crew ‘Dope Boy’ before the crews final years.
Working closely today with DJ Mojito aka MC Amaze to develop more ideas into life and establish history as long as they both breathe.
‘Life is about creating yourself, do not settle and waste your time pleasing what society wants to enslave you into’ – SAiNT
Mr. MC NAM is a rapper and a second generation Vietnamese refugee migrant. He was born in 1987 in Hyogo Prefecture located to the west of Kyoto. His song “ore no uta (my song)” attracted a lot of publicity and its music video received a best video award in the 2013 Tokyo Video Festival for the People.