THE SEX WORKERS’ OPERA
This documentary comes from a desire to look at something controversial and well documented in this country, sex work, and to attempt to represent another side, to give a voice to those whose jobs are at stake but who have no stake in the decision processes occurring presently within the government. Laws are being made, raids are being carried out and the people it affects most are never are never heard.
A group of Sex Workers based in London came together with a common purpose, to write and perform an Opera. It is their stories, their songs, their bodies on show. This platform is important not only for them, but for anyone who thinks sex work is not just black and white. It is a social issue that demands representation from all sides. ‘Nothing about us without us’ as their slogan goes.
Through this documentary we follow three women who took part in The Sex Workers’ Opera in January 2015 at the Arcola Theatre, London. Where they’ve come from,their experiences and their views on a way of life too often demonized by the media and slandered by people who have no experience of what it actually means to work in this industry.
It is not about sex. It is about ownership of the body and how far a state can go in telling someone what they can and can’t do of their own free will.
TEASER: WHEN ALL IS LOST, THE WAR IS WON
The outrage to the current economic and political situation has resulted in strong popular reactions, collective acts of condemnation, and even violence. Against the current state of dependence of the Spanish people from global financial markets, a new tendency is emerging: to develop an independent localized economy based on small enterprise aimed at self-sustainability. The protagonists of this new tendency are offering an alternative through their own personal example, through a direct involvement, which sees itself as opposed to western society desire for delegation.
This phenomenon of urban exodus, suggests a movement back to the roots of a less financially oriented economy of sustainability which tries to address the very root of the contemporary problem, recovering lost values and loosing global values, which might have created the very impasse of the present.
SINGAPORE: WHEEL OF SAMSARA
THE ‘TRANSIT’ WORKERS OF SINGAPORE
At this moment more than 900.000 migrant workers are living in custom built dormitories on the margins of society in Singapore, which has an increasingly ambivalent attitude to their presence.
Despite the fact that Singapore needs cheap labour to fuel the fastest growing economy in the world, its government has introduce higher levies for low skilled workers in a drive for higher productivity focusing on quality rather than quantity.
However, a year after the new strategy was first announced, low skilled workers are still flooding in, and activists say that levies are illegally deducted from migrant salaries and protection of rights is further weakened.
Now after paying illegal fees to come to Singapore their presence is under further threat, and employers deport them in exchange for new workers, which earn them more kick-backs on more illegal recruitment fees paid to agents.
A POT OF GOLD OR FINANCIAL RUIN
In her small one story hut in southern India she holds her mobile in her hands nervously. She refuses to let it go even for a minute in case her husband calls from Singapore, a country which offers his family a pot of gold and financial ruin.
She longs for his return but knows it would be a catastrophe for the whole family if he is sent back. They have taken out enormous loans in the hope that he will wire back enough money to take them out of poverty.
He is one of the hundred of thousands of unskilled Indians who have paid illegally fees to agents for the highly sought after opportunity of working in Singapore, which had an increasingly ambivalent attitude to their presence.