The Story of a Panty
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An immersive look into the lives of those who work in the shadow of the textile industry.
The process of making a pair of panties connects Yulduz, a farmer in the Uzbek cotton fields deprived of freedom of expression; Janaki, a young Sumangali spinner who had to leave the school benches for the factory; Mythili, a dyer in India who dreams of becoming a mother; Risma, an activist for the rights of women workers in Indonesia and my mother, Pascale, who runs a small clothing store in Belgium. But since the relocation of factories 30 years ago, she is no longer able to offer clothes 100 % Made in Belgium.
At each stage of its production, from country to country, the story of this panty takes us into the intimacy of the lives of these five women, each one a link in a global production chain. The film questions the value that one gives to the clothes but more importantly to the lives of those who make it.
Stéfanne Prijot is a Belgian filmmaker and photographer. Through her camera, which she considers as a citizen tool, she tackles themes on gender, water, education and climate change, which she tries to approach with the greatest humanism.