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A Moonlight Flit
Single channel videoo

(02'05" excerpt)

Filmed in Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Thailand, A Moonlight Flit* features a traveling English/Australian man, a former Thai domestic helper living in Hong Kong, a Bangladeshi asylum seeker in Hong Kong, and an Indonesian care taker in Taiwan. Following tales of newborns, loved ones, hopes and fears, and lifelong beliefs, we trace the humbled movements of restless bodies across borders and regions, and begin to imagine the possibilities of connection in labor and mobility.

*A Moonlight Flit is a British slang that refers to a departure by night with one's possessions to avoid paying rent. It is also the scenario to the musical hall tune, My Old Man Said, that John, the British/Australian man, sings in the film. The chorus goes like this:

My old man said "Foller the van,
And don't dilly dally on the way".
Off went the van wiv me 'ome packed in it,
I followed on wiv me old cock linnet.
But I dillied and dallied, dallied and I dillied
Lost me way and don't know where to roam.
Well you can't trust a special like the old time coppers.
When you can't find your way 'ome.