Migrant Labour

(El Ejido – La Loi du Profit)

Jawad Rhalib
Belgium 2006 | 80 Min. | DigiBeta, OmeU
As far as the eye can see: A sea of white plas­tic stretch­es for kilo­me­ters up and down the Andalu­sian coast of the Mediter­ranean. Beneath the white-hot roofs of these … read more

FROM SOMEWHERE TO NOWHERE – Migrant Workers in China

Villi Hermann
Switzerland 2008 | 86 Min. | DigiBeta, OmeU
Some 150 mil­lion Chi­nese jour­ney through their coun­try as migrant work­ers. By and large, it is they who have car­ried China’s eco­nom­ic boom since the 1980s. They labor cease­less­ly at … read more


Gonzalo Ballester
Morocco 2006 | 11 Min. | miniDV, OmeU
“Ille­gal” immi­gra­tion is not only a prob­lem for our soci­ety. Not only does the immi­grant suffer from social uproot­ing but also the most dif­fi­cult part of this sit­u­a­tion: the family … read more


Olivier Dury
France 2008 | 46 Min. | 35 mm, OmeU
One image, in par­tic­u­lar, is likely to haunt view­ers: that of many men hud­dled togeth­er on the back of a truck. The men are headed north­ward, from Niger to the … read more

(Xi Wang Zhi Lu )

Ning Ying
China 2001 | 55 Min. | BetaSP, OmeU

Every year during August and Sep­tem­ber, sev­er­al thou­sand agri­cul­tur­al work­ers travel more than 1800 miles across China, from Szech­wan to the Xin­jiang Autonomous Region. There, end­less cotton fields await the har­vest. For many, it is the first time away from the home vil­lage, and the first time on a train. In fas­ci­nat­ing detail and nuance, RAILROAD OF HOPE casts a light on the rel­a­tive­ly new phe­nom­e­non of inter­nal migra­tions across China, fea­tur­ing the scores of work­ers trav­el­ling by rail. During the jour­ney, the camera crew wan­ders the train, film­ing pas­sen­gers as they eat or sleep, and asking them such ques­tions as “Is this your first trip?” “What are your ideals?” “What is impor­tant to you in your life?” The result is a rare and won­der­ful pre­sen­ta­tion of the thoughts, hopes, and dreams of ordi­nary Chinese.