Mon, Dec 31, 2012 - Page 10 News List

YEAR IN REVIEW: Taiwanese Cinema

By Ho Yi  /  Staff reporter

In the realm of documentary film, director Jasmine Lee (李靖惠) spent 13 years following four female Filipino workers whom she first met in 1998 at a nursing home in Taipei. The end result is Money and Honey (麵包情人), which takes an intimate look at the women who work far from home in order to support their families. Lee takes multiple roles in the documentary project, not only as a filmmaker behind the lens, but as an active participant in front of the camera, who befriends the workers and even accompanies them back to their hometowns in the Philippines. As a result of Lee’s extensive on-site filming of her characters, the strength of the documentary lies in its sympathetic, close and almost personal account of the women’s lives. Systemic injustice and discrimination are only touched upon.

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