Room Without a View

Includes Q&A

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Film Info
Country Listing:Austria
Premiere Status:North American Premiere
Festival Info
Festival Year:2021
Accessibility:Full Subtitles
Program Category:Systems Down
Film Subjects:Women & Women's Stories
Cast/Crew Info
Director(s):Roser Corella
Producer(s):Roser Corella
Executive Producer(s):Florian Kläger
Editor(s):Ginés Olivares
Cinematography:Roser Corella
Alfonso Moral
Sound:Gábor Ripli


Systems Down: Challenging the status quo

Migrant domestic workers from Kenya, Ethiopia, Bangladesh, Nigeria and Ghana, hired as maids under the Kafala system in Lebanon, are not considered employees since they are given food and lodging, and ostensibly, live as part of their employer's family. Kept in tiny quarters, held captive without access to their passports, denied salaries and time off, they are caught in a system that operates as a sponsorship program in theory, but as slavery in practice. Anonymous sources from a multitude of perspectives speak without being seen—from employers to agents to maids—to heighten the invisibility of this human rights issue that implicates many Arab nations, where keeping up appearances and having maids is a measure of status. Room Without a View plays an urgent role in exposing the recruitment, trafficking and abuse of vulnerable women working within the Kafala system, which is accepted as commonplace, operates with impunity and will persist as long as capitalism relies on controlling and exploiting labour. Angie Driscoll

This event has been financially assisted by the Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund of the Government of Ontario through the Ministry of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries, administered by the Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund Corporation.

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