At the end of April, I visited Glasgow and had occasion to see an interesting documentary with Olena and Radek. I think the subject of it goes well with the discussion that we have now in the blog section - on how to talk about social phenomenons using filming methods.
The film was already uploaded online and can be watched HERE.
'Working Illegally' focuses on the paid work that is performed by immigrants in detention centres in UK, and in a very simple way presents interesting and socially important questions. What are the boundaries between voluntary work and coercion? Is work for 1 British pound still a paid work and how does it refer to legal regulations? And more generally, why it is assumed that people in detention centres should work? There is some kind of social assumption that work brings not only instrumental rewards, like money, but also more autotelic rewards, like satisfaction and development - but how does that apply to people whose work is valued so little and who have their basic rights denied? Within 30 minutes the authors of the film managed also to show the general framework, within the situation takes place. Interestingly, this framework is usually not much debated - although it refers to important topic of state obligations and private contracting of public services.
Last but not least - the authors popularised their film on social media using #workingillegally hashtag, which I find both simple and useful to spread the news.