Nico Mesterham (Cambodia)
Mark Hammond (USA)
Four Films from the Factories
1. A DAY IN THE FACTORY, 2010, 7.24
2. A DAY AROUND THE FACTORY, 2010, 7.22
3. A DAY OFF FROM THE FACTORY, 2010, 7.44
4. A WEEKEND WITH THE MANAGER, 2010, 8.22
Originally shot on: HD – 1080P
Frame Rate: 25P/Colour
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
Original Film Language: Khmer (Cambodian)
Cambodia’s garment industry is the country’s main industry and its leading export revenue earner. Most of the 300.000 employees are young women from rural areas. Through their work and remittances they often crucially contribute to their family’s survival in one of the word’s poorest countries. In 2009 the globaleconomic downturn has forced around 50,000 workers to lose their jobs. Four
shorts look at the crisis viewed through the prism of the workers, union representatives, entrepreneurs and a female manager.
These films have been produced under the umbrella of Meta House Phnom Penh, Cambodia’s first independent media and arts center (www.meta-house.com). In April 2009 its founder Nico Mesterharm launched a masters’ class for youngKhmer documentarists. Guided by senior international colleagues the M.E.T.A.students produce their own documentaries with a strong focus on the development of modern Cambodia. Through close cooperation with Better Factories Cambodia
(International Labour Organisation) and the German Friedrich-Ebert-Foundation (FES) the production team of FOUR SHORTS FROM THE FACTORIES wasallowed to take an in-depth look behind the factory walls, where normally cameras are not allowed.