Distributor:  dGenerate Films
Length:  50 minutes
Date:  2012
Genre:  Expository
Language:  Mandarin / English subtitles
Grade level: 10-12, College, Adult
Color/BW:  Color
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Explores the cruel realities of sweatshop labor and workplace injury in China, and one lawyer's mission to defend worker's rights.


This powerful documentary explores the cruel realities of sweatshop labor and workplace injury in China, and one lawyer's mission to defend worker's rights.

Shenzhen, one of China's most prosperous cities, attracts thousands of migrant workers every year. These workers come with dreams of opportunity and success, but many find themselves in dangerous working conditions with no regulations to protect them. STRUGGLE tells the story of three workers who lost their limbs in factory accidents that are all too common in China.

The workers describe 17-hour shifts that leave them exhausted while operating heavy machinery, leading to disaster. Management denies responsibility for the accidents, often refusing to pay medical bills or compensate injured workers. But a crusading lawyer takes on the bosses, leading to a groundbreaking lawsuit that changes workplace regulations in China.

STRUGGLE examines one of China's most crucial problems underlying its booming economic production: the lack of worker's rights. With first-person interviews and rare courtroom footage, director Shu Haolun explains the exploitive policies and practices of government officials and factory bosses, and how lawyer Zhou Litai has taken up the cause of worker's rights. STRUGGLE reveals the harsh realities of sweatshop labor in China, and shows the inspirational efforts of those seeking justice and reform.

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** International Documentary Festival Amsterdam
** Pusan Film Festival
** Fribourg International Film Festival
** Goteborg Film Festival


Main credits

Shu, Haolun (film director)
Shu, Haolun (film producer)
Shu, Haolun (screenwriter)
Shu, Haolun (film editor)

Other credits

Director of photography, Wang Fan; music by Shen Hancun.

Distributor credits

SHU Haolun

Docuseek2 subjects

East Asia
Labor Studies
Criminal Justice, Law and Legal Studies
Law and Legal Studies
Civil Law

Distributor subjects

Labor Studies
dGenerate Films Collection - Documentaries


workers; workers rights; sweatshop; Shenzhen; sweatshops; documentary; DVD; video; SHU Haolun; film; "Struggle"; Icarus Films

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