Nguyen Quoc Phi was a young Vietnamese man who came to Taiwan with dreams of a better life. He worked at a construction site, saving up enough money to start his own business back in his home country. However, his dreams were shattered when he was accused of car theft and shot dead by the police under questionable circumstances. The public quickly labeled him as a criminal and drug user, but the truth was far more complex. In this investigative documentary, witness never-before-seen body-cam footage and in-depth interviews with Phi's family, friends, brokers, and police. The film uncovers the harsh reality of the migrant worker system between Southeast Asia and Taiwan. It sheds light on the discrimination and inequality faced by migrant workers who are brought to Taiwan to work in low-wage jobs. Through Phi's story, the film challenges us to question the systemic injustices that continue to plague our society. It provides a visceral and immersive experience that perfectly captures the hidden and cruel reality that migrant workers endure. It is told through Phi's personal diary, offers a unique perspective on the experiences of these workers, and sheds light on their struggles, hopes, and dreams. It also amplifies the voices of these workers, who are often silenced and marginalized in mainstream media. This is a powerful and thought-provoking film that reveals the urgent need for systemic change to ensure the rights and dignity of every human being are respected.
Festivals & Awards
2023 One World Film Festival, Czech Republic - International Competition - Right to Know
2023 Taipei Film Awards - Nominated for Best Documentary, Best Director
2023 Macao International Documentary Film Festival
2022 59th Golden Horse Awards - Best Documentary Feature Award