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2018 Seattle Asian American Film Festival

The Construct: Female Laborers and the Fight for Equality

Directed by Jalena Keane-Lee

United States / 2017 / Documentary / 24 mins


THE CONSTRUCT: FEMALE LABORERS AND THE FIGHT FOR EQUALITY follows women day laborers in the context of a rapidly changing Burma. Told through the eyes of San Thi Da, a 20-year old laborer working on construction sites, and Cheery Zahao a human rights activist, The Construct explores the complexity of feminism and opportunity within different socio-economic classes in Yangon, Myanmar.

Director's Bio

Jalena Keane-Lee has experience both in front of and behind the camera. As a host for the international TV show Eco Company, Jalena interviewed environmental activists around the country and as a production intern for CNBC she wrote articles that involved reaching out to experts from a wide variety of discipline. Jalena has written, acted in and directed a number of short narrative films and currently studies Film and Political Science at Wellesley College.


  1. Spilled Water

    May May Tchao / United States / 2014 / Documentary / 53 mins
    Decades after emigrating to the United States, May May returns to China and explores the very different lives of four women: a young rural farmer who, against all odds, became a teacher; a successful lawyer in a male-dominated profession; a divorced factory worker struggling to brighten her daughter’s future; and an ethnic minority singer torn between her dreams, and her responsibilities as a peasant's wife. Through their intimate stories, SPILLED WATER shows us why gender equality in China is so hard-earned, and worth the struggle.

    Preceded by: The Construct: Female Laborers and the Fight for Equality

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