PROJECT ONE. Process :
For this project, the topic I chose was “Female Domestic Workers” because its and issue that ive always wanted to do something about. I wanted the people in the GCC with housemaids know how they feel.
My first idea was to make a short movie about the life of a maid in Qatar. I tried shooting that but I didn’t like the outcome at all, it was obvious that it was just an act and it was more humorous than emotional.
Then I came up with my second idea which was making photographs about a maid’s daily missions and how dangerous, life threatening and disgusting it could be.
When I showed my peers the pictures not everyone understood what it was, most of them said that it was confusing and the pictures were not very clear.
I feel like this project was one of the most difficult projects Ive ever had to do, probably because I chose a topic that is very hard to put into a video or pictures and make the people think about it and get emotional. I also think it was because I had high expectations of what I wanted my outcome to look like so every time I did something I was not convinced and wanted to change my idea.
So I changed my idea once more, and I decided to interview female domestic workers and let them say their “stories”.
I wanted to make a 5 minute video so there was enough time for all of the videos I shooted but since I wanted it to be a video that will be going around the internet, Basma told me that its very hard to keep someone watch something for more than a minute.
So what I did was I cut the important points I wanted people to know and put them together in a short ad with only a few type.
I didn’t want to put so much type so that the main focus will be on the maid talking.
After I have shown it to my friends and some random people they all agreed on the fact that I was able to make the video emotional.
My FINAL AND AIM
My aim for this project was to make people like me, living in Qatar and having everything I needed to live a normal life to understand how it feels to be in our maid’s situation, leaving their family and their life back home to work but still not get all of their rights. Almost everyone in this region think that they have “bought” their maids and that they have no right to live their lives, they think that they are only supposed to do what they ask and live their life serving them.
The video talks about the 3 most sensitive subjects the female domestic workers go through when they come to work here in the GCC.