Winning dress designers and models at Chaktomuk Hall Phnom Penh
I AM PRECIOUS!
Over 300,000 workers are employed in the Cambodian garment industry. Most of them are young women from rural areas with
limited education. Besides spending most of their days working in factories, they have limited access to information and
opportunities to broaden their horizons and life skills. These young workers often migrate from rural areas to big cities and
find themselves displaced from their origins and family. Through their work and remittances they often crucially contribute to their
family's survival and to the education of their siblings.
The "Garment Workers Value Campaign and Competion" is held by the NGO "Better Factories Cambodia",
funded by "International Labour Organization" (ILO) for the second time on 29th of November 2009. This unique fashion contest
consists of T-Shirt and dress designs by Cambodian garment factory workers, who present their creations at Phnom Penh's
Chaktomuk Hall to an audience of 500 people.
A team of M.E.T.A. students and media professionals (Lach Chantha, Lach Peo, Pascal-Mario Geisler, Prum Sarin,
Sao Sopheak, Sous Work, Touch Yin Mony, Ngo Menghak) has documented the event and produced a "making-of" –
directed by Nico Mesterharm and edited by Jean Mathis and Phan Yasi. Both parts were combined for a 30-minute TV special
(Khmer/English), which was aired by Cambodian private broadcaster TV3 on the 13th and 14th December 2009.