On Thursday, 25 November the 2nd CLiFF/Workers Health and Safety Centre (WHSC) Award was announced at the Sheraton Hotel downtown. Read the press release below.

Silent Voices a resounding winner of 2010 CLiFF/WHSC Health and Safety award!

27 November, 2010

Toronto, ON – The CLiFF/Workers Health and Safety Centre (WHSC) Award for this year’s Canadian Labour International Film Festival (CLiFF) was handed out last Thursday to Silent Voices: Home-based Women Workers in Pakistan directed by Aisha Gazdar. The $2,500 award is given out to the film that best raises awareness around health and safety issues. Last year’s award went to Toxic Trespass, by Barri Cohen.

Gazdar’s short film tells the stories of home-based women workers in Pakistan in a gritty and realistic style. She has worked in the field of women’s development and journalism and as writer and researcher in a number of documentaries and follows in the footsteps of her late father, Mushtaq Gazdar, a renowned documentary filmmaker. Silent Voices was selected to be a part of CLiFF’s Festival-in-a-Box package so 75% of festival locations will see it as part of their screenings.

“Gazdar shows us what it’s like when you don’t have the protections needed for workers, and she also shows what workers can accomplish when they speak up for themselves,” said Tom Parkin, Managing Director of the WHSC, who handed out the award. “We are proud to partner with CLiFF and bring great films to Canadians, as well as workers all over the world,” he said.

Silent Voices: Home-based Women Workers in Pakistan will be playing this weekend in:
Cowichan, BC
Edmonton, AB
Guelph, ON
Thunder Bay, ON
Wichita, Kansas, USA
Windsor, ON

You can also catch it in Sudbury, ON and Charlottetown, PEI this Monday. Check www.labourfilms.ca to find screening details as well as other locations playing great labour films near you.

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For information contact:
Michele Jeyakumar, Communications
festival@labourfilms.ca
(416) 970-2543