Video — 1 videodisc (95 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in. Sound: digital.optical. Video: NTSC. Digital: video file.DVD video.
An artful exposé that examines the nature of exploitation, and a lyrical ode to the female working poor. The film provides a rare insight into the world of working women and their ongoing struggle for rights, as hard-won changes are swallowed up by a rapidly modernizing society. This film paints the details of the grueling, dangerous, and often abusive and humiliating conditions under which some "unskilled" female laborers in South Korea worked in recent decades during the country's economic modernization, while invoking hierarchical and patriarchial social dynamics. Through the testimonies of these women, the film unravels deep conflicts from rigid class structures, a highly concentrated private sector, and examples of blatant sexism that have spanned across decades and reached beyond borders. The film also subtly questions our own complicity in these events. And as it progresses to look at labor issues in modern day Cambodia, and their chilling resemblance to those of South Korea during its factory boom in the preceding decades, it suggests that the cycle of exploitation is alive and well and soon to be repeated just out of sight.