Sweatshop II: The Hunt for a Living Wage

In 2014, three young fashion bloggers came to Phnom Phen for the first time to spend a month living the life of Cambodian garment workers. At the time, they did not know much about how their clothes were being made and were horrified at the conditions in the factories. The show provoked headlines and articles all over the world and companies like H&M were forced to respond.

The girls received a personal invitation to visit any of H&M’s factories. So they decided to take them at their word. In this sequel, they return to Cambodia’s sweatshops for a second time. Has anything changed?

This time around, Anniken and Frida Ottesen from the first season are joined by two other bloggers, Sarah and Lisa. As well as trying to enter the factories, they meet up with some of the workers and activists from the first series to see how their lives have changed.

Director(s): Joakim Kleven
Script: Pål Karlsen
Production: Hacienda Films A.S., APTV, Pål Karlsen
Music: Jannike Bjørnarå, Adrian Kleven
Actors: Lisa Tellbe, Sarah Tjulander, Anniken Englund Jørgensen, Frida Ottesen
Year: 2016
Duration: 52 min
Our age recommendation: 14
Language (audio): Norwegian
Language (subtitles): English
Country of origin: Norway
Shooting Locations: Cambodia, Norway
Screening rights: Javafilms ()
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Main topic(s): Fairtrade + Economy
Secondary topics: globalisation clothing
Mentions: textile factory union workers rights Cambodia Norway H and M HM sweatshop poverty prepping fast fashion fashion garment
Topic Page(s): The best films on clothing and fast fashion The nominated films of past Films for the Earth Festivals.

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