On the 11th of November 2008, Taiwan’s ex-president Chen Shui-Bian, previously a symbol of democracy, was summoned to the Special Investigation Panel on corruption inquiries. Outside, 200 reporters and journalists from home and abroad waited anxiously for the result. On this important occasion, one senior TV news cameraman, who had witnessed the rise of Taiwanese democracy and the great tide of change that swept over the country, was surprisingly absent. It was Jiang, who on this monumental day in Taiwanese history, was ironically walking away from the media industry, about to embark on a new life.
The director himself is a veteran news cameraman who put aside a year in the filming of this documentary. He delves into the life and work of four TV news cameramen, giving us a unique perspective on the media world, capturing the rarely seen story of human struggle in an industry where humanity has all but vanished. The documentary reveals the heartfelt feelings of Taiwanese journalists, while at the same time, paints a picture of the director’s own reflections on the ever diminishing ethics of this industry and the impact it has had upon his own life.