This is an analytical documentary examining how developed and developing countries have exacerbated the exploitation of the female labor force at a time when the global restructuring of capital and labor has been in progress. During the winter of 1998, Levis shutdown a few factories in Belgium and France in order to relocate them to developing countries, including Turkey, Indonesia and the Philippines. The aim was to create an increase in profits and production efficiency through the cheap labor and low investment rates these countries could offer. The relocation forces two 20-year veteran technicians of the Belgium factory, Mari Terece and Rosa, out of their workplace, while Yanti and other female laborers at the Indonesian factory must endure poor workplace conditions that includes sharing four restroom stalls with more than 200 female employees. Meanwhile the factory in the Philippines introduces a new surveillance gadget, a German state-of-the-art automated machine which indicates the exact time of labor even during an employee’s absence. This film exposes the dismal reality of women around the world, who are deprived of their labor rights whether they are living in a developed or developing country. (Kim Sun-ah)
Marie-France CollardMarie-France Collard
Born in Neufchateau, Belgium, Marie-France Collard worked as an assistant director and editor for the documentaries in the 80s. With Michel Jakar and Jean-Claude Riga, she wrote scripts for several projects. Since 1990, she has been a member of ‘le Groupov’ the theatrical artist group and has also worked for the RTBF, Belgium’s TV network. In 1996, she made the documentary maitresses.