“Workers of the World, Who Washes Your Socks?” presents four films that work to recast assumptions about the domestic space. It considers the relation of the domestic to the social and the role of women and migrant labour in our apprehensions of private and public demarcations. This short film programme prompts us to consider the slippages between the figures of housewife/‘maid’/unionised worker/militant: Whether it’s the amateur cook reproducing the figure of the coloniser through ‘service’ work; the adept and flexible housewife commensurate with the 21st century’s idealised worker; or the politicised ‘hired hands’. These instabilities in the four films made over the last 40 years – some in the late 1970s, others made more recently – raise both questions for, and can be re-thought, in relation to the issues raised by the campaigns and organising work of Justice for Domestic Workers (www.j4dw.com).
Martha Rosler The East Is Red, The West Is Bending (1977)
Cine Mujer And What Does Your Mother Do? (1981)
Lai Ngan Walsh Who Takes The Rap? - Immigration (1986)
Domestic Workers Netherlands with Matthijs de Bruijne I will not ask anything of you, and you will not ask anything of me (2012)
As part of the event there will also be the opportunity to learn about the campaigns of J4DW. The screening is presented as part of the Hannah Festival 2015.
Tickets: Free but donations welcome (all donations will support the work of J4DW)