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Documentary on Deep Sea Fishing Claims DOL Labor Film Award

Documentary on Deep Sea Fishing Claims DOL Labor Film AwardThe Department of Labor announced the winner of the 2018 Labor Film Competition on November 21. The first place honor – along with a cash prize of NT$300,000 – went to Lu Yu-jui’s work Squid Jigging Fishing Boat.
 
The documentary presents the challenging environment of fishermen working on deep sea fishing vessels through a diary-like format. The story recounts the days spent on the fishing boat from the start of the journey in Kaohsiung to the destination near the Falkland Islands.
 
The second place winner, which went home with a prize money of NT$100,000, is the work of producer Yuan Yuan in conjunction with Taiwan’s STS team which explores the topic of the RCA (Radio Corporation of America) plant pollution controversy and how the affected factory workers fought for their rights over 23 years.
 
Currently in its 12th year, the Labor Film Award places the spotlight on films and documentaries where workers or labor-related incidents take on the leading role. The objective of the competition is to encourage filmmakers to tell stories from the laborer’s perspective, introducing the stories of workers to the public in the form of visual records.
 
Since its establishment in 2007, the film competition has uncovered nearly 180 valuable records highlighting the life of the working class in Taiwan. This year’s competition attracted 69 films, with 53 works entering the final round.  
 
For more information, please visit the Chinese activity website (http://laboraward.bola.taipei/) or the visual and audio section of DOL’s Chinese website (https://bit.ly/2JQaZZu).