Taiwanese artist Chien-Chi Chang films his mother, whose entire life has been struggling to meagerly survive and to raise five children along with her husband. Chang’s mother, born in a poverty-stricken mountainous region in Taiwan in 1938, was deprived of any proper education, thus her deficiency of knowledge outside of her tiny village and of historical events in and outside of Taiwan. She had little understanding during the imposition of Taiwan Martial Law (1949 – 1987) and has never heard of Cold War (1947 – 1991). Yet, she remembers dates of every important family event. The soundscape of the film is realistic and evocative of the time past yet vivid. And portion of George Orwell’s essay “You and the Atomic Bomb” will be incorporated into the soundtrack, in which he was credited for the first writer to use the term Cold War in recent history.
The film was edited in close collaboration with Chien-Chi Chang in Graz/Austria. It premiered at Art Basel Hongkong.