We the Workers - San Diego Asian Film Festival

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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Original languageEnglish
Media of outputFilm
Size174 minutes
Publication statusPublished - 11 Nov 2017

Conference

Title18th Annual San Diego Asian Film Festival, SDAFF 2017
Location
PlaceUnited States
CitySan Diego
Period9 - 18 November 2017

Abstract

China boasts the world’s largest workforce, and with nearly 800 million workers, is widely known as the manufacturing capital of the world. But behind its economic triumphs, the relentless demand for production and its abundant source of human capital have created an environment in which the rampant exploitation of workers is business as usual. Branded by local officials as troublemakers, labor organizers risk their own safety to advocate for workers’ basic rights to full wages, safe working conditions, and protection from wrongful termination. However, their toughest challengers are not just the corrupt owners and managers but oftentimes the disenfranchised workers themselves who fear retaliation and have little hope in attaining the rights that should be afforded to them by law.

Filmed between 2009 and 2015, director Wen Hai pulls the curtain back on an industry built on the backs of cheap labor and humanizes workers who are invisibilized by profit. WE THE WORKERS pays homage to the labor activists and organizations that, in extended strokes of deliberation and strategy, strive to transform the bleak reality of factory workers in Southern China. Armed only with the courage of their convictions, activists and allies operate within limited legal channels to pressure companies to rectify their transgressions and acknowledge the agency of their employees. Their victory goes beyond getting good laws written; it validates justice based on the recognition of human dignity. Most remarkably, workers empowered by the prospect of equity gradually develop a collective consciousness and realization of their strength through solidarity. –Malou Amparo Robas

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We the Workers - San Diego Asian Film Festival. Wen, Hai (Director); Zeng, Jinyan (Producer); WEI, Shiyu Louisa (Producer); ELLIS-GEIGER, Robert Jay (Composer); CHAN, Cheuk Wah Charles (Other). 2017. Event details: 18th Annual San Diego Asian Film Festival, SDAFF 2017, San Diego, United States.

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