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My Home is Not My Home is a participatory arts project that emerged as a response to the invisibility and marginality of migrant domestic workers due to their class, gender and ethnicity. It explores the conditions of migrant women workers who often face sexual harassment and assault, racism and labour exploitation. We are inviting museums, gallery, cinema and other panel events to exhibit and show our film and exhibit.
Hebden Film Festival: Discussion after Screening of Overseas with Marissa Begonia, leader of The Voice of Domestic Workers and Terry Wragg from Leeds Animation Workshop. Sung-a Yoon's multi-award winning and brilliant film Overseas, tells the story of Filipino domestic workers in their own words and how the globalisation of labour resembles modern day slavery.
Hebden Bridge Film Festival Director Louise Wadley talks to Marissa Begonia and gets her perspective on the film; how domestic workers are even more vulnerable in the time of COVID, the important work her organisation is doing and how insightful the film is on the true cost of having "hired help".
The domestic workers’ story. An animated film from Leeds Animation Workshop which tells the story of thousands of women from extremely poor backgrounds, in countries such as the Philippines, Indonesia, South Asia or Africa, who have to find work abroad to support their families. Employed as ‘maids’ and isolated in foreign households, many of these workers find themselves trapped in conditions of great hardship. Based on the real life stories of migrant domestic workers, the programme uses vivid watercolour animation to reveal some disturbing truths about present-day slavery. Made in consultation with Justice 4 Domestic Workers now called ''The Voice of Domestic Workers''.
Available to buy at: http://www.concordmedia.org.uk/produc... or buy or rent and watch now on: https://vimeo.com/ondemand/theycallus... Animated film showing the plight of migrant domestic workers
The British Academy:
The migration debate is one of the most toxic issues in British politics. With discussions around freedom of movement noisy and polarised, migrant women’s first-hand experiences are often unseen and unheard. Yet, protecting the rights of migrant domestic workers in the UK – the majority of whom are women – has never been more urgent in this COVID era, with growing numbers caught between destitution and severe exploitation.
On the eve of the 10th International Domestic Workers’ Day, we ask Mimi Jalmasco and Marissa Begonia of the Voice of Domestic Workers and academic Ella Parry-Davies to discuss the unique issues facing migrant domestic workers at this time, what grassroots organisations are doing to bring women’s voices to the fore, and why countering ‘migrant-victim’ narratives is a crucial part of the challenge. Join the conversation online using the hashtag #ForCuriousMinds.
Speakers: Marissa Begonia, Director, Voice of Domestic Workers Mimi Jalmasco, Trustee, Voice of Domestic Workers Dr Ella Parry-Davies, British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow, Royal Central School of Speech & Drama, University of London Chair: May Bulman, Social Affairs Correspondent, The Independent.