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Professor Chu's Summer Homework - The Struggle of Women Workers at Ban-Chiao Clothing Factory

Director :
Year :
1992

Country: 

  • Taiwan
Color :
Color
Running Time :
117 min
  • Politics
  • History
  • Investigative
  • Author's Point of View

Introduction

By the 90s, labor-intensive industries had contributed greatly to Taiwan’s economic boom. Yet the workers in Taiwan hardly benefited from this growth.

In June, 1992, just when the labor union was formed, the management of Jia-long Clothing decided to end its domestic business for and overseas investment. More than 130 workers were immediately thrown into unemployment. The top dog, Chu Ying-Long, though a professor at National Taiwan University, refused to respond to the employees’ request for severance pay stipulated by the labor law. The workers, most of them female, decided to take to the streets.

 

source: Taiwan International Documentary Festival

Director Statement

"In 1991, I met Lo Shin-jay in the “419 Protest.” Since then, we have worked together making documentaries. Under a lot of pressure, we edited the film out of 70 video tapes used to document the whole process, in the hope that it will be used for other workers’ self-education by learning from these female factory workers. At the same time, we want to urge the industrialists to have a better understanding of the workers’ situation and to take on more responsibilities.

It is these women’s self-consciousness and their determination to carry on the struggle that made the film possible, despite all the financial difficulties." -- Akai, Mj Lee

 

source: Taiwan International Documentary Festival

Awards

1998 Taiwna International Documentary Festival - About the Island: Taiwan Documentary Retrospective
1998 Taiwna International Documentary Festival

Team

  • Director
  • Cinematographer
  • Director
  • Cinematographer
  • Editor
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