In a indonesian recruitment center, women undergo training to become maids. They learn how to use a microwave, how to be polite, their future employer's language and stamina at work. Tens of thousands of them leave each month for Asia or the Middle East to bring a better salary home. But hope sometimes turns to a nightmare: overworked and mistreated, some are reduced to a state of slavery.
A film dedicated to women hand-workers, with globalisation as a backgound. Rosa and Marie are living their last months within the Levi's factory, after 20 years of work there – the factory has been relocated. In Turquey, anonymous voices confide their harsh condition of life; in Indonesia or in the Philippines: 10 to 15 straight hours of hard work, for miserable wages. Working women of the world, or how much is one ready to pay for a cheap pair of blue jeans.
January 31st 1980, Guatemala, while the civil war between the military dictatorship and the Marxist guerrilla drags on, 32 representatives of associations of farmers come from every corner of the country to peacefully occupy the Embassy of Spain and claim their rights. All will be burned alive by the military junta. In memory of this massacre, the film takes a critical look at today’s Guatemala society.
Bolivia is a most beautifull country in South America, but also the poorest of all, with 86% of the rural population living under the poverty limit. Humanitary help is mainly concentrated on fighting hunger, responding to the constant urgency situation. The film brings the question of developpment and a dilemna : is it better to secure survival or to accompain developpment despite the daily urgency ?
Jérôme has chosen to quit his european life and settled down two years ago with his wife and two daughters in an isolated palm grove, in the south of Morocco. He engaged in a culture far remote from his own. In the heart of a traditionnal muslim world, one question triggers him: “where is love?” With simplicity, humour and a straight attitude, he asks this question to his neighbours and friends of the bled. A friend offers to help him in this task, for one good reason: he wants to get married ...
The film intimately follows the adventures of a group of eleven mentally disabled persons engaged with seven circus artists in the show « Complicités ». From rehearsal to the Premiere and during the overseas tour, new chemistries are born, new sensations, emotional upheavals. Suddenly they begin to attract normal people: is it just a passing illusion or a major restructuring of their hopes, which will change the fate sealed by disability?
From a refugee camp to a small american town, the destiny of a somali couple, candidates to asylum. Portrait of their waiting, exile and integration, the film questions sacrifices consented for a «better life» as well as our own values regarding work, or the US Patriot act. A story which illustrates million of people's fate, under political and economic pressure.
20 km away from Fukushima, threats are weighing on a damaged plant whose pools are still full of irradiated fuel, and on the daily life of japanese families. After the decontamination, scientific uncertainties, official’s hesitations: should one stay or should one go? Everyone is facing his own decision. The probability of a magnitude 9 earthquake in the next 4 years is of 70%, 50 millions inhabitants should be evacuated.