[Marxism] Iron Crows

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Fri Aug 26 11:33:26 MDT 2011

The documentary “Iron Crows” that opens today at the Film Forum in 
NY derives its title from the nest made by a couple of crows in a 
tree on the desolate grounds of PHP, a ship breaking site in 
Chittagong, Bangladesh. Instead of using twigs, they build their 
nest from iron filings that are plentiful in a place where taking 
apart decommissioned ships is big business. The crows are a 
perfect metaphor for the men (and boys) who work there. At the end 
of each working day—the average wage is 2 dollars—they have to 
scrape iron filings from their feet and legs. Most of them work in 
bare feet or flip-flops and shorts. Until recently their employer, 
one of the more enlightened, did not even supply hard hats. An 
average of 20 workers dies in the ship salvaging industry each 
year. With a work force of 20,000, this is a shockingly high number.

full: http://louisproyect.wordpress.com/2011/08/26/iron-crows/

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