The Factory of the World
Single-channel video

The Factory of the World presents a series of static, photographic-style video images from a small town and empty former electronics factory in northern Finland. The factory was closed in 2003 when the production was moved to Shenzhen, China.

The images are juxtaposed with audio narration about conditions experienced by workers in electronics manufacturing factories in China, where much of the world's consumer electronics products — such as smartphones, laptops, cameras — are made.

The work draws a connection between the former workers of Kemijärvi, a small town in Northern Finland, and those in the city of Shenzen, a huge city inhabited by 15 million people. While these places are geographically distant and culturally distinct, the lives and destinies of these people are connected in the global networks of commerce and capitalism. 

The fictionalised narration describes the working conditions experienced in Shenzhen's factories, and is based on reports published by China Labor Watch and Finnwatch.

The soundtrack features a piece of Chinese classical music which was originally composed and orchestrated to appeal to Western ears.

Competition Screenings
Official Selection – Interfilm 31st International Short Film Festival, Berlin 2015
Official Selection – Leiden International Short Film Experience 2015
Official Selection – Punto de Vista International Documentary Film Festival, Pamplona 2016
Official Selection – Festival Internationale du Film d'Environement, Paris 2016

Other Screenings
Helsinki Short Film Festival, 2015
Midnight Sun Film Festival, 2015
Mediawave Festival Hungary, 2015
Tampere Film Festival, 2016
 

The Factory of the World, 2014

single-screen HD video
8:21
 

written, directed and edited by
Minna Rainio & Mark Roberts
 

narration
Maria Kunnari
 

soundtrack by
 Mark Roberts
 

music
 "The Dance Music of Yao"
Liu Tieshan & Mao Yuan
Strauss Festival Orchestra &
Taipei Chinese Orchestra
 

funded by
arts promotion center of finland