A long, decade-spanning panorama of the migrant experience of Vietnamese women in Taiwan. The 1990s saw a wave of emigration of women from Vietnam, who then married in neighbouring countries. They included Van Tue, who has been cut off from her home and robbed of her independence by her jealous husband and now plans to escape. Via formal breaks and shifts in perspective, the days before the turn of the millennium are unusually contrasted in the film with the changes which the migrant women have since managed to wring for themselves. At the same time, the film traces the history of a country that has always been under threat from its Chinese neighbour.
CHANG TENG-YUAN (*1987 in Taiwan) is a director whose short film Crossing the Sentimental Desert (2010) brought him to the world’s attention. Days Before the Millennium is his debut feature.
Pái Huái Nián Dài
Taiwanese, Vietnamese, Mandarin
OV with English subtitles
Annie Nguyen, Chen Shu-Fang, Nguyen Thu Hang, Steven Chiang Chang-Hui