Chittagong in Southern Bangladesh - a graveyard for the West's run-down or obsolete ships, massive vessels driven onto the beaches and left to be taken apart by hand using only the most basic tools. Poor farmers escaping the regular famine in the north of the country travel south to get work. Barefoot and with no asks or safety equipment, they work in the yards under incredibly dangerous conditions. The award-winning documentary features beautiful footage of the monolithic ship-yards and describes a systematic exploitation, which only very few of the workers can escape.

Directed, written and photographed by: Shaheen Dill-Riaz
Runtime: 85 minutes
Subtitles: German, English, French, Spanish, Bahasa Indonesia, Portuguese, 2007
Adults (15yrs and over)

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