An innocent girl from the Vietnam highlands comes to Hanoi for college. Bemused in her new surrounding, the folks at her boarding house brings a mix of joy and anguish. But, behind the typical home, sinister people lurks to bring her harm.

Watch “The Escapee”, a film by Le Nguyen, in time for World Day Against Trafficking in Persons:

Featured Video: Ocean In A Drop

India's lesser-seen majority are poor, literate in their own traditions, and increasingly online. Ocean in a Drop is a film about these emergent online populations featuring rural women, children, artisans and entrepreneurs telling their own stories.

The film is part of the "Right to Know", an ethnographic (and anecdotal) documentary series Presented and produced by Andrew Garton

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For factory workers with health issues, lockdowns caused by the COVID-19 pandemic have brought about new challenges unique to their situation. In this episode of "Victim Diaries", Mr. Tam shares how he is coping with pneumoconiosis while continuing to work at a jade factory in Hong Kong.

Produced by Asia Monitor Resource Centre

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Maria, a technical operator for an electronics company in the Philippines, shares her story of contracting COVID-19, and how she was able to cope in spite of challenges related to her work. While current conditions at the factory have left workers like Maria vulnerable, an active union is doing its best to help workers, especially the women, weather the pandemic.

Produced by Asia Monitor Resource Centre and IosadPH

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The MV Portland was an Australian Ship, carrying Australian cargo between Australian ports. On January 13th 2016 its crew was summarily sacked and replaced by cheaper and underpaid foreign labour.

They have since staged a protest lasting 62 days and have even garnered political support from opposition parties in the country. Watch how their story has unfolded over the last few years in this short documentary on Cinemata:

Runtime: 18 minutes.

This love story begins sometime in the late 1970s, at the peak of the Khmer Rouge atrocities in Cambodia. Since then, the couple here has survived political upheaval and personal losses.

However, social acceptance is hard to come by even today.

The reason? They are both women. In this film, Tith Month and Noy Sitha tell their story in their own words.

Runtime: 14 mins

Malaysia's Freedom Film Network brings you four short films exploring the tragic failures of local law enforcement and the human cost that citizens have had to pay. One the one hand there are stories of negligence and corruption. On the other, there are arbitrary arrests and brutal custodial beatings. Watch the films here on Cinemata. Total runtime ~ 72 mins

Indonesian occupational health activists estimate that 3950 people have died in the country because of asbestos-related diseases between 1990 and 2016 alone. Health risks are exacerbated during the pandemic. In 2004, Tuniyah developed asbestosis after having worked in an asbestos production facility for nearly two decades.

The 58-year-old tells the story of the conditions she worked in, its impact on her health, and how she is faring today, in this short film

Cinemata Playlist - EcoExposé: Gawad Alternatibo films for World Environment Day

Check out the winning films from the archives of Gawad CCP Para sa Alternatibong Pelikula at Video that tackles issue about the environment here:

Featured Video on Cinemata: "IMBANG (Balance)" was created for the fundraising of the Arka Kinari Project -- a proposed multimedia performance staged from the deck of a traditional sailing ship, using live music and cinematic visuals to imagine life after the carbon economy, resilience to climate change, and re-engagement with the sea.

Join us as we close our weeklong celebration of World Environment Day by watching the music video here:

Featured Video on Cinemata: As a young man, Karma of Indonesia faced one of the biggest challenges of his life while working for a scrap metal company. Today, he has gone from victim to survivor, and is now a leader at the forefront of occupational and environmental safety in the country.

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