Cambodia – Film By/About Cambodia Garment Workers & Their Realities – Series Coming with 6 Films on Labour Behind the Label
Date: December 27, 2017
The garment industry turns over almost $3 Trillion a year. Yet garment workers, 80% of them women, work for poverty pay, earning as little as $21 a month. Human rights abuses are systemic throughout the industry. Poverty wages, long hours, forced overtime, unsafe working conditions, sexual, physical and verbal abuse, repression of trade union rights and short term contracts are all commonplace in the clothing industry. It is an industry built on exploitation and growing under a lack of transparency that makes holding brands accountable difficult.
Through a series of six short films, ‘Lives Behind the Labels’ reveals the hopes, dreams and concerns of garment factory workers. Launching 20th November, go to newint.org to find the story.
Film Segment: http://labourbehindthelabel.org/citizen-journalists/
What’s life really like for a Cambodian garment worker?
Garment workers in Cambodia have been struggling for years to make their demands heard for fair wages and working conditions. Now workers are finding their voices and telling their stories by recording their daily lives in photographs and film. Have you ever wanted to see what it is really like to work in a factory in Cambodia? Not through the eyes of western media, but captured by the people who work there? Over the last year, 40 citizen journalists in Cambodia have been using smartphones and a hidden social media platform to record footage of their lives and work in the factories. They gather images showing what is happening minute by minute in their workplaces and villages. These citizen journalists’ powerful short films reveal the dangers, indignities and impoverishment faced by workers.