To See is to Act: What the Death of a Migrant Worker Can Tell Us About Humanity

Film screening and discussion with Director

To See is to Act: What the Death of a Migrant Worker Can Tell Us About Humanity – The Film Screening of ‘And Miles to Go Before I Sleep’ (九槍) with Director Tsai Tsung-lung.

Nguyen Quoc Phi was nobody before he died, but now he tells his own story as a young migrant from Nghệ An, Vietnam, to Taiwan in this documentary. Phi was an undocumented migrant worker, or a ‘runaway’, in northern Taiwan before he was shot nine times by the police and left unattended by the paramedics on 31 August 2017. What made him ‘run away’ from his factory work? How did he find jobs in various construction sites? Why did he start taking drugs? Was he an imperfect victim? These are straightforward questions leading to complicated answers. And Miles to Go before I Sleep (九槍, ‘Nine Shots’) brings to the fore the nakedness of discrimination and the challenges to humanity if we choose to be bystanders indifferent to inequality and injustice . Please join us for the screening of this award-winning documentary and find out how each of us can take actions to stop discrimination and inequality. In November 2022, the film won the Best Documentary Feature of the Golden Horse Film Festival, one of the most important film festivals in the Sinophone cinema.

Speaker: Tsai Tsung-Lung (蔡崇隆) graduated with a law degree in Bachelor from the National Chengchi University and a Master’s degree in Mass Communication from Fu Jen Catholic University in Taiwan. He also holds a Master’s Degree in Film Studies from the University of East Anglia in the UK. He is currently Associate Professor at the Department of Communications of the National Chung Cheng University and works as an independent documentary producer and director.

Coordinator: Dr Isabelle Cockel is Senior Lecturer in East Asian and International Development Studies at the University of Portsmouth.