We the Workers - International Film Festival Rotterdam 2017

凶年之畔

Research output: Creative and Literary Works in Non-textual Form (RGC: 42, 43, 44, 46, 47)44_Performance and participation in exhibits

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Author(s)

  • Hai Wen (Director)
  • Jinyan Zeng (Producer)
  • Jack Huang (Other)
  • Charles Chan (Other)

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Detail(s)

Original languageEnglish
Media of outputFilm
Size174 minutes
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2017

Exhibition

TitleInternational Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR 2017)
PlaceNetherlands
CityRotterdam
Period25 January - 4 February 2017

Abstract

After an imposing opening in which Chinese labourers work on a giant metal construction and the sounds of angle grinders and hammers on metal come together rhythmically, the documentary switches to the seamier side of the Chinese economic miracle – the exploitation of hundreds of millions of workers.
Experiences gathered by specialised bureaus defending workers’ rights expose a practice of underpayment, bad working conditions and wrongful dismissal. Activists are arrested and abused – sometimes by criminals, sometimes just by the police. Lawyers are pestered and discouraged from taking cases. The bureaus themselves are regarded by the state as troublemakers, but they are the ones encouraging workers not to strike and to solve disagreements under the law. Yet some keep their doors permanently locked and only let people they know inside, for fear of reprisals. In terms of labour rights, China is several decades behind Europe, and people who want to do something about that are subjected to intimidation. Or worse.

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Citation Format(s)

We the Workers - International Film Festival Rotterdam 2017. Wen, Hai (Director); Zeng, Jinyan (Producer); WEI, Shiyu Louisa (Producer); Huang, Jack (Other); Chan, Charles (Other); Ellis-Geiger, Robert (Composer). 2017. Event details: International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR 2017), Rotterdam, Netherlands.

Research output: Creative and Literary Works in Non-textual Form (RGC: 42, 43, 44, 46, 47)44_Performance and participation in exhibits