Here is the Korean language version of Amnesty International’s short film ‘False Promises – Exploitation and forced labour of Nepalese migrant workers.’
This video accompanies new research published by Amnesty International this week on the trafficking of Nepalese migrant worker for labour exploitation. The piece was shot by two Nepalese film makers to a brief myself and the AI researcher developed with them. Dinesh and Ramyata (who previously worked on Julie Bridgham’s ‘Sari Soldiers‘) of Sutra Films did a fantastic job.
The 10 minute film was produced as a visual summary of the report findings, with the voice of returnee migrants a prominent part throughout. This is supported by the inclusion of local experts. It was first screened at a press conference to launch AI’s research findings in Kathmandu on 13 December. The film was distributed to the local and international media. A Korean version has been prepared for screening in Seoul due to the increasing number of Nepalese migrating there. We also hope it will gain viewers in Malaysia and other major destinations for Nepalese migrant workers.
I like this as it is a simple, image lead campaign that focuses on the voices of the women themselves. The project looks at a handful of women who have been trafficked into the sex industry from Eastern Europe. It is made up of stills and audio testimony, as well as blog-type postings by the photographer on a map showing where the images were shot. Links to related resources and how you can help are included in the website.
The American photographer, Jim Goldberg, became a full-member of Magnum in 2006. He won the Foundation Henri Cartier-Bresson grant in 2007 which has funded his current project – Open See – on immigration, refugees and trafficking in Greece. He also visited some of the countries that those he photographed originated from.
For the exhibition a postcard with an open palm has been produced with ‘They Always Welcomed Me‘ written on it. Visitors are encouraged to take one and write a message on it. As he explains in an interview in the latest edition of Hotshoe;
“We’re going to put a sign up saying that [visitors] can write to the High Commission [of Refugees]. Or you could write it to me: ‘Listen, I just don’t get it, but we have to figure out a way to solve this problem.’ Or, ‘This is what I suggest that you do.’ Or, ‘Asylum for everybody.’ Or, ‘Let’s keep these people out.’ Not communicating just to me but to people out there who are in a position to change things. Good art can incite enough in us to do something and be proactive. And that’s the goal.”
‘Open See’ is at Fondation Henri-Cartier Bresson until 26 July 2009.
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