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Maid in Lebanon| 25mins
Director: Carol Mansour | Producer: Carol Mansour
Focus Years: 2006 | Country: Lebanon
Subject Tags: asia, human rights, livelihood, middle east, migration, oppression, poverty, sri lanka
Quality Tags: Optimistic, Slow, Activating, Harmonizing
Thousands of Asian women leave their homes each year to work as maids in the Arab world, with the hope of securing a better economic future. Yet since their experiences are hidden behind closed doors, little is known of the fears and struggles they face while abroad. Tracing women’s journeys from Sri Lanka to Lebanon, this film exposes the little-known world of the domestic migrant worker. While some are able to succeed, many do not. Rather, their dreams are shattered in exploitive and abusive situations. In their own voices, the women in this film reveal cases of torture, rape, physical and mental abuse, and non-payment of wages. The documentary provides an insightful and sensitive look into the lives of these migrant workers with interviews from family members, employers, hiring agents and specialists in the field. It explores the questions of why women migrate, why they often return to the Middle East multiple times, and why abuses occur.

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