IN AND AROUND THE FACTORIES: 4 SHORT DOCUMENTARIES
Cambodia's garment industry is the country's main industry and its leading export revenue earner.   Most of the 300.000 employees are young women from rural areas. Through their work and remittances they often crucially contribute to their family's survival in one of the word's poorest countries. In 2009 the global economic downturn has forced around 50,000 workers to lose their jobs. Four shorts (A DAY IN THE FACTORY; A DAY AROUND THE FACTORY; A DAY OFF FROM THE FACTORY; A WEEKEND WITH THE MANAGER) look at the crisis viewed through the prism of the workers, union representatives, entrepreneurs and a female manager.

Through close cooperation with Better Factories Cambodia (International Labour Organisation) and the German Friedrich-Ebert-Foundation (FES) the M.E.T.A. student team around US director Mark Hammond and his German colleague Nico Mesterharm was allowed to take an in-depth look behind the factory walls, where normally cameras are not allowed...

Mark Hammond has worked as a director, producer and writer of film, TV and theater for the last 20 years. He directed "Johnny Was" (2006) and produced "L'Amour Cache", a French feature staring Isabelle Huppert and Greta Scacci, which premiered at the 2007 Toronto Film Festival.
 
Protagonist Hang Bunthorn works at Moha 2 Factory
Protagonist Hang Bunthorn works at Moha 2 Factory
Factory workers at Unison Factory Phnom Penh
Factory workers at Unison Factory Phnom Penh
Union Representative Yiem Bunthouen from Moha 2 Factory
Union Representative Yiem Bunthouen from Moha 2 Factory
US director Mark Hammond also operates the second camera
US director Mark Hammond also operates the second camera