Megan McMURCHY, Margot NASH, Margot OLIVER, Jeni THORNLEY
documentary / chronicle / struggle /discrimination
If you could give this documentary a more descriptive and categorical title, it would be something like Australian History of Women's Labor. This documentary examines the history of exclusion and oppression, as well as the history of mobilization and discrimination in Australia's two-century long history. The film starts with the existence of excluded aboriginal women and their exploited labor. As such, Australian women's labor history, based on exclusion and exploitation, goes through World Wars I and II, and the Cold War, and repeats itself in different ways of mobilization and exploitation, bordering on the inside and outside of the household. At the same time, some achievements of women's movements, such as women's suffrage, work of equal value, peace movement, etc. are also described. However, the point that this film, made in 1983, does not remain a story in the past, is when it ponders on the shifts in the working conditions due to globalization, division of labor, the development of artificial intelligence, and the consequential and inevitable changes on existence of workers, especially women. Thus, the film is a letter from the past suggesting taking time to think about the future with us now. [LEE Yumi]
Megan McMurchy is an independent producer.
Margot Nash is an Australian filmmaker and academic.
Margot Oliver was involved in making, distributing and showing films by and about women.
Jeni Thornley is a documentary filmmaker, writer and film valuer.
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