directed by Zishun Ning
Documentary Short | 2018 | USA | 15 min | Chinese, English, Spanish
How can 24-hour workdays exist in the 21st century? 24-HOUR WORKDAY exposes the conditions of long hours and wage theft that working people are currently facing. In the progressive State of New York, many home attendants--mostly immigrants and women--are forced to work grueling 24-hour shifts taking care of seriously-ill patients, with only half of the pay. Worse, they meet with obstacles from the State government which tries to legalize such inhumane practice. These workers come together to demand back pay and change of 24-hour shifts to split shifts, and unite with patients to mount a challenge against this state-sponsored sweatshop.
A community organizer in Manhattan Chinatown, Zishun Ning uses films to document issues and struggles concerning working people's living and working conditions. He believes in film as a powerful medium to help advance the community's interest.