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the SEcret in the Satchel


For 10 years, Professor Lin Tay-jou has read thousands of student journals, giving him insights into their turbulent lives. He invites three of his students to document their stories on film. Each one growing up with certain disadvantages, their childhood wounds have nevertheless made them better people as they have matured.


2009  CINE Golden Eagle Award, U.S.A
2009  MOMA, Documentary Fortnight, U.S.A
2009  Asian Queer Film & Video Festival, Japan
2008  Golden Award, Shanghai TV Festival, China
2008  Golden Chest International Television Festival, Bulgaria
2008  INPUT, South Africa
2008  Kassel Documentary Film and Video Festival, Germany
2008  Beijing Independent Film Festival, China
2007  Pusan International Film Festival, Korea
2007  International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam, The Netherlands
2007  International Film Festival and Forum on Human Rights, Switzerland




The film looks into the lives of Indonesian and Thai domestic workers who come to Taiwan expecting a better life. Just like the complex flavors of Nyonya’s Cuisine, with a mixture of sour, spicy, and sweet - the film is filled with misunderstandings, conflicts, miscommunications, and reconciliation among ethnic Chinese, Indonesian and Thai people. Director Wen present for Q&A.


2009  Women Make Waves Film, Taiwan