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Joanne Richardson, Vieti Precare // Precarious Lives

January 19, 2011 Leave a comment Go to comments

 Precarious Lives, 43 min, 2008.
A film by Joanne Richardson and Andreea Carnu (RO/USA).

An experimental documentary mixing archival footage of female labour over the past century with 10 portraits of Romanian women working in different jobs and in different countries today. The film seeks to challenge the dominant discourse about precarity (and about the precariat as the new proletariat) and the fact that it ignores differences based on gender, limited mobility, and the first and third worlds of Europe.

“Precarity: noun,
1. dependence on chance circumstances beyond control,  inability to plan one’s life
2. living without material or psychological security, stability and predictability
3. the widespread condition of flexible, intermittent, short-term and part-time work that characterizes post-Fordist capitalism?”(quote from the beginning of the film)

“As a noun, precarity does not exist. It is an adjective, modifying subjects, changing through circumstance. To understand what it means to be precarious, we must invert the theory, taking our own lives as a point of departure. To walk the streets that bring us together, and the routes that sometimes divide us. And while walking, to ask questions” (quote from the ending of the film)

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  1. Joanne Richardson
    March 24, 2012 at 8:39 am | #1

    Thanks for embedding my video. It can downloaded in different file formats from http://archive.org/details/PrecariousLivesDMedia , and more info and stills are at http://subsol.c3.hu/joanne/video_precarious.htm

    And congratulations on this website.
    Joanne Richardson

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