A Migrant Worker's Day Off
Filmmaker Amir Muhammad wants to give a realistic glimpse into what it is like to be a migrant worker in Malaysia.
According to Muhammad, "Every year during Hari Raya Puasa holidays, I would get [annoyed] by racist segments on the news being horrified about migrant workers ‘flooding’ KL [Kuala Lumpur] during one of their very few days off. So I wanted to do this to counter this sentiment.”
His mini-documentary A Day Off features a man from Bangladesh who works from 12pm to 3am, seven days a week, and follows him as he discusses what he would do if he were given a day off. The film offers a grim view into the difficult lives of migrant workers in Malaysia who may be separated from their families for years at a time.
To read more about Amir Muhammad and his film, check out this article on Malay Mail Online.