Presentation of a new animated film They Call Us Maids: The Domestic Workers’ Story produced by Leeds Animation Workshop in collaboration with Justice for Domestic Workers and commissioned by Pavilion.The film draws on the experiences of migrant domestic workers living in Leeds and across the UK who work in private homes, often for long hours and low pay.
Other films from the Leeds Animation Workshop made in the 1980s and distributed by Cinenova will also be screened as well as Sheffield Film Co-op’s A Question of Choice.
Justice for Domestic Workers is a self-help grassroots organisation, made up of multi-national migrant domestic workers. The group campaigns for domestic workers’ rights to be recognised by UK employment law, ‘Together we search for ways to overcome our isolation and vulnerability and demand respect as workers, as contributors to the British economy and society, and as human beings.’
Leeds Animation Workshop is a non-profit cooperative company, which produces and distributes animated films and films that address social and educational issues. The Workshop specialises in making complex or sensitive issues more accessible to audiences, and at times offering an alternative point of view.
Cinenova: Now Showing began in March 2015 and runs monthly. The series intends to materialise relationships between contemporary artist moving image practice and the feminist and organising legacies present in the Cinenova collection.
A digital archive of selected works from Cinenova distribution is available for viewing at The Showroom. For details on how to view the digital archive click here
Established in 2009 and supported by Unite the Union, J4DW is an organisation of migrant domestic workers who work in private houses in the UK, and active in campaigning for rights for domestic workers.More
A digital collection of selected works from Cinenova distribution available for viewing at The Showroom.