Un­der­stand the hard­ships of life as a labourer

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The Shar­jah Art Foun­da­tion is show­ing Fac­tory Com­plex, a pow­er­ful doc­u­men­tary film by Im He­ung-soon that ac­knowl­edges the hard­ships faced by the fe­male work­force driv­ing South Korea’s great eco­nomic boom. The story starts in the 1960s, with the lives of women who sur­vived gru­elling con­di­tions work­ing in the tex­tile in­dus­try, and goes on to doc­u­ment the work­ing con­di­tions of flight at­ten­dants, cashiers and un­con­tracted work­ers in the decades that have fol­lowed. As Im points out, that cy­cle of op­pres­sion is still go­ing on in Asia but its lo­ca­tion has changed to Cam­bo­dia. The film, which won the Sil­ver Lion at the 2015 Venice Bi­en­nale, is be­ing shown tonight at 8.30pm at Mi­rage City Cin­ema (shar­ja­hart.org).

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