Jungle Sisters, 76′ (2015)
‘The story of textile production is the story of Industrialisation. But it is also the story of Slavery.’ Jungle Sisters follows two village girls caught up in India’s rapid expansion into the globalised world, as they take their place on the factory floor making cheap clothing for the West.
In 2008 the Indian Government launched an initiative to train 500 million of the rural poor to work in its growing industrial sector. Jungle Sisters follows best friends Bhanu and Bhuntu as they make the journey of their lives. Travelling 1000 miles to find a new future in Modi’s business-friendly India, they take their place in the ranks of factory workers. Overseeing them is Orlanda, a British academic employed by a local skills providing company, who believes passionately in helping the poor. But as the reality of life on the factory floor forces all three of them to make some dramatic decisions, the film becomes an epic tale of love, conflict and social justice.