We Don't Dance for Nothing

Music Film's Landscape

  • USA, Canada, Hong Kong, Philippines
  • 2022
  • 86min
  • DCP
  • Color
  • Documentary
  • Musical, Pop
  • International Premiere


​Captured amid the Hong Kong protests, We Don’t Dance for Nothing is a photo-montage love letter to the Filipina domestic workers of Hong Kong and their passion for dance. H, a young domestic worker who plans to run from Hong Kong towards her dreams of love with another woman Sampa, independence, and freedom.​ 


In Hong Kong, middle-class families go to work or school on weekdays, but on weekends, they stay in their small apartments, so their Filipino housekeepers should spend a day in the parks every Sunday. They gather and comfort each other by chatting or dancing. For Koreans, Hong Kong is known for Hong Kong films and protests after the return to China, but not much is known about the story of migrant workers working in Hong Kong. This film shows their lives and aspirations through various expression techniques such as Chris Marker-style montage still (resonance of montage), Wong Kar-wai’s step printing, and street dance musicals. (Noh kwangwoo)


Stefanos Tai

Stefanos Tai is a Greek-Chinese-American director. His works are intensely anthropological, and aim to remind us of a simple idea: we have more in common than sets us apart. He's screened at Tribeca, BAM, Cinequest, DOXA, Woodstock, and more. He received an Impact Docs Award, a Scholastic Gold Key, and the "One to Watch” award from the Asian American FF. 

  • ProducerPaloma Choque
  • CastMarie Cornelio, Chaya Baris, Anna Agawa, Juliana Wong
  • ScreenwriterStefanos Tai
  • CinematographerZhang Ran
  • EditorMakamoto
  • MusicBill Liang, Justin Porteous
  • SoundJack TSE; Stan Chan


TimeRTTheaterCodeRateSubQ&ALive ConcertTicket
2022-08-12  16:3086CGV Jecheon 112012E QA-Go
2022-08-14  20:3086Megabox Jecheon 333112E --Go