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Sweatshop: Deadly Fashion

YEAR: 2014-2016 | LENGTH: 2 seasons 10 episodes (~11 minutes each)  |  SOURCE: WEBSITE


A Norwegian documentary series examining the lives of sweatshop workers in Cambodia through the eyes of three young, relatively wealthy Norwegian citizens. From the day they arrive in Cambodia they begin to see how different their lives are from the lives of people nearly half way around the globe. By the time their trip is over, much more than their outlook on the clothes they wear is changed. Their whole perspective is forever altered after a few days of living, working, and speaking with fellow human beings who spend most of their lives working long hours up to 7 days a week for only a few dollars each day in sweatshops throughout the world like those in Cambodia.


season 1

Frida, Ludvig and Anniken arrive their new reality in Cambodia. It is hot, humid, dusty and miles away “Norwegian comfort”.

Frida, Ludvig and Anniken visit Sokty, a factory worker living in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. They go shopping to compare prices.

After a night on hard concrete floors Frida, Ludvig and Anniken wake up to their new jobs at textile factory in Phnom Penh, and a lunch out of the ordinary.

One days work at the textile factory have earned Frida, Ludvig and Anniken a total of 9 dollars. Now they have to survive on it.

Reality hits like a fist when Frida, Ludvig and Anniken meet textile workers at a resource center in Phnom Penh.

season 2

The girls pick up where they left us after season one. They want to see the inside of an H&M factory. By any means necessary.

Digging into the working conditions of a textile worker in Cambodia Frida gets very emotional after meeting a girl who is about to have a baby. A unsure future awaits them both.

Things get too real while the girls are transported to work on the back of a truck. Anniken breaks down after a close encounter with high voltage cables.

The girls learn the tragic realities of home based production and break an entry trying to get behind factory doors.

The girls team up with workers to plan a demonstration and learn the potentially deadly consequences og joining a union.


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