After I filmed Kim in March 1985, (state security agents were watching), she was arrested and sent off to a prison camp for two months. Hanoi authorities were planning for tenth anniversary celebrations of their victory on April 30. They wanted a clean Ho Chi Minh City, free of the embarrassment of the street kids they were doing nothing to assist.
For the working poor, unions can provide a structure for voicing grievances and a collective power for bringing about change, often in the face of resistance. In this article, we travel from Mumbai and Bangalore to Tehran and Ho Chi Minh City to explore some of the struggles waged by unions to demand the rights of their members.