Taiwan is located on the western border of the Pacific Ocean. Despite being surrounded by oceans, residents of the island have been living an almost land-locked life pattern due to the prevailing political climate. After the lifting of martial law and massive changes in social structure, Taiwan residents return to the sea only to find the marine environment horribly afflicted.
A marine conservation team led by conservationist Tao-Jen Kuo has built the first-ever breeding ground for oval squids in the Northeast Coast of Taiwan-- one that integrates marine life with restoration, research, education, tourism and industry values. Yet the society at large is mostly unaware of the sacrifices, frustrations and conflicts encountered by Kuo and his team during the process. As the fishermen celebrate their abundant catches, the technology and concept behind the breeding ground, as well as the story of this group of volunteers, are being recorded.
The Squid Daddy’s Labor Room is a documentary film that depicts the moving story of people returning to their home on the ocean, engaging in introspection and taking action to make amends.
About MADE IN TAIWAN:
Taiwan is a study in contrasts. Just off the southeast coast of China, this island-nation has developed a distinct and vibrant culture. Ancient traditions vie with modernity; its jagged mountains, deep gorges and urban landscapes provide plenty of inspiration to local filmmakers. Young filmmakers are creating diverse documentary and narrative films that explore social and environmental issues facing the country. MADE IN TAIWAN is a unique Link TV series of new films created in partnership with Taiwan Economic and Cultural Office. Watch this new film series and meet some of these energetic new directors like Zero Chou, Lin Tay-Jo, Chiang Hsiu-chiung and Cheng Wen-tang.