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HARVESTING OUR TEA
The idyllic scenery of the foggy tea fields in northeastern Turkey is deceptive: the women toiling here have done so since early childhood, without being paid. For the longest time, they didn’t have any real alternative, but a new generation of emancipated young women is now leaving the countryside to pursue an education. While traditionalists fear for the future of this ancient occupation, a cooperative is fighting for equal rights and fair wages — for women, too, and especially for them.
- Duration: 23 min.
Meet the director
Sheida Kiran is a British-Turkish documentary filmmaker and musician who lives in London. While studying social sciences at University College London, she conducted research on women and migration. This led to her MA in documentary film at the London College of Communication. In 2018, she became a production coordinator for the charity Medical Aid Films. Driven by her passion for ethnographic storytelling, Sheida’s recent work focuses on documenting women in agriculture and their right to landownership. HARVESTING OUR TEA was selected for the 2021 One World Media Global Short Docs Forum and was later broadcast globally by BBC Our World. The film was since nominated for a One World Media Award and shortlisted for the Student BAFTA Awards.