Magnum photographer Chien-Chi Chang questions his mother, whose entire life revolved around the struggle of survival and the raising of five children alongside her husband. Chang’s mother’s life remained restricted to a single tiny village, which contributed to her lack of knowledge about historical events in Taiwan. She recalls no awareness of Taiwan’s imposition of Martial Law (1949 – 1987) and has never heard of the Cold War. Yet, she remembers the dates of every important family event.
The soundscape realistically and vividly depicts Taiwan’s past and features a portion of George Orwell’s essay “You and the Atomic Bomb”, through which he was credited with being the first writer to use the term “Cold War” in recent history.
This film was edited in close collaboration with Magnum photographer Chien-Chi Chang in Graz (Austria) and premiered at Art Basel Hongkong.