DISCOUNT WORKERS

Germany, Pakistan 2020 | 70 Minutes | A film by Ammar Aziz & Christopher Patz

A fight for justice in global supply chains.

  • SYNOPSIS

    A textile factory fire in Karachi, Pakistan, kills over 260 workers, among them a widow’s only son. Saeeda’s transformation from domestic mother to influential activist brings her to the centre of a male-dominated workers’ rights movement. A journey along the supply chain of the fashion industry reveals that change may in fact be coming from those at its very end.

  • DIRECTORS

    Ammar Aziz is a Pakistani director based in Pakistan. His filmography contains mostly documentaries about labour and gender issues. His debut feature documentary A WALNUT TREE, completed in 2015, portrays an internally displaced Afghani family in Pakistan. It premiered in the First Appearance Competition at IDFA 2015 and played at HOT DOCS and numerous other renowned festivals. As a filmmaker, Aziz is known best for his work about the working class of Pakistan. The Christian Science Monitor featured him among ’30 under 30′ people from all over the world for his art and activism. A graduate of Lahore’s National College of Arts, he was the only filmmaker from Pakistan to be selected in 2012 for the Talent Campus of the Berlin International Film Festival.

    Christopher Patz, author and co-director, is a documentary film director of German/Australian origin with experience in creative documentaries and visual story telling as well as political documentary reportages. He is an alumni of erasmus mundus Masters in Documentary in film directing and production (Docnomads Masters) between Lisbon, Budapest and Brussels. Along with his filmmaking experience, he is also a lawyer (ANU). He has work experience as a trainee lawyer with the European Centre for Constitutional and Human Rights ECHHR. He has worked on judicial cases of corporate accountability in global supply chains, with a focus on private auditing companies, and understands the German and Italian case materials. His work has been shown in Australia and Europe at various film festivals.

  • CREDITS

    Directors
    Ammar Aziz & Christopher Patz

    Writer
    Christopher Patz

    Cinematography
    Christopher Patz

    Editor
    Farah Kassem
    Sigurður Hallmar Magnússon

    Music & Sound Design
    Rakae Jamil
    Marijn Degenaar
    Vinzenz Schwab

    Sound
    Maryam Bayani
    Ahsan Mahmood

    Producer
    Veronika Janatková
    Christopher Patz
    Stefan Kloos

    Production
    Kloos & Co. Medien

    World Sales
    Rise and Shine World Sales

  • SUPPORTED BY

    Creative Europe Programme – MEDIA of the European Union
    Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung with funds from the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development
    Solidarity fund of the Hans-Böckler-Stiftung
    Stiftung Menschenwürde und Arbeitswelt

  • FESTIVALS

    World Premiere
    One World – International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival 2020, Prague, Czech Republic

    Further Festivals
    International Human Rights Film Festival Berlin 2020, Germany

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