DATE 2014/12/02 VISITORS 2002
In the wintertime at the Tamsui Fisherman’s Wharf most people see the aesthetically pleasing scenery including the relaxing waves of the ocean, the Ti-an Coffeeshop and the Bridge of Romance. But the the students of the Department of Mass Communication see something very different than the common eye. They peer deeper into the environment, noticing the great difficulties that the fisherman must undergo, many of which are Indonesian immigrants. They live a simple life in the country, filled with both the tears and laughter that is captured by the students in their documentary “Between Floating and Sinking.” This film’s attention to detail and keen insight was awarded with the Taipei City Government’s Labor Award.
Director of the Department of Mass Communication, Huei-chun Chi, expressed, “Taiwan is an increasingly more diverse cultural and Taiwanese people rarely have an idea of what this laborious lifestyle entails. This is this Department’s 28th group and their film focuses on the lives of these fisherman, capturing economic trials, difficulty with cultural adjustments, religious and relationship issues and so on.”
Director of the film, Jing-qian Cai, explained, “We have some members of our student group that work at the convenient stores at the Fisherman’s Wharf and had the opportunity to meet with lots of the laborers on the regular basis. We found that the Indonesian workers were quite fluent in Chinese and began having regular chats. It inspired us to create this film that would let Taiwanese people take a deeper look at what takes place inside of our own society. When we zoom in and look at the details of our environment more closely, it gives us a better appreciation of everything.”