A true story about modern day slavery, in a new animated film by Leeds Animation Workshop. Here’s a clip:
Can you help the campaign against modern slavery?
We are working with Justice 4 Domestic Workers, an organisation of women from very poor backgrounds, usually in the Philippines, Indonesia, South Asia or Africa, who have to go to work abroad to support their families. There they are often exploited, abused or treated as slaves. Sometimes their employers visit this country, and bring the household’s domestic workers along too – which gives them an opportunity to escape.
These women need fair working conditions and the right to leave a bad employer and find a better job. They asked us to make a short animated film that will raise awareness of their campaign to end modern-day slavery.
a scene from the film
Leeds-based arts organisation Pavilion raised a small amount of funding and commissioned us to make the film. We only had enough to begin the project, but the need was urgent and we began animating in the hope of raising enough to complete the work as we went along.
We have now finished the film but still need to fund the last part of the project and get the message out there. If you would like to help the campaign against modern slavery and are able to donate to the project, please visit our Local Giving page.
They Call Us Maids: The Domestic Workers’ Story will be premiered at 6pm on Monday 16th November 2015 in the Yorkshire Short Film Competition, a Leeds International Film Festival event. The screening is at Hyde Park Picture House.
Justice 4 Domestic Workers
They Call Us Maids: The Domestic Workers’ Story