Every December to January, almost a hundred squid jigging fishing boats from Chienchen Fishing Harbor in Kaohsiung will sail from East 120 to West 60 to work at the Falkland Islands in the Southwest Atlantic. The journey takes 35-40 days, and crews name it “Sea Route.” On January 1st, 2015, a 65-metre long, 11-metre-wide fishing boat began its journey to the Falkland Islands. This is a documentary about 60 crewmembers from Southeast Asia as they travel to a place 12 hours away from Taiwan to work on the seas.
About Yu-jui Lu
Yu-jui Lu has studied documentaries at the Tainan National University of the Arts. Lu is committed to documenting the continuous transformation of the industrial city of Kaohsiung. He’s told numerous human stories from different corners of Kaohsiung. His works include Waiting for Fish, which reflects the economic changes from interviews with ordinary anglers; Freezing Point, which is about the Indigenous Amis workers in cold storage and on an open-ocean fishing boat and A New Park, which discusses urban development. In 2010, his photographic work About Waving Goodbye – Three Years of Navigation continued the theme of fishing crews and won the Kaohsiung Award. Today, Lu records the life story of Amis crews and the human side of Kaohsiung seaside culture.