The Story of a Panty and of Those Who Make It

The documentary provides an immersive look into the lives of those who work in the shadow of the textile industry.

The process of making a pair of panties connects Yulduz, a farmer in the Uzbek cotton fields deprived of freedom of expression; Janaki, a young Sumangali spinner who had to leave the school benches for the factory; Mythili, a dyer in India who dreams of becoming a mother; Risma, an activist for the rights of women workers in Indonesia and my mother, Pascale, who runs a small clothing store in Belgium. But since the relocation of factories 30 years ago, she is no longer able to offer clothes 100 % Made in Belgium.

At each stage of its production, from country to country, the story of this panty takes us into the intimacy of the lives of these five women, each one a link in a global production chain. The film questions the value that one gives to the clothes but more importantly to the lives of those who make it.

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Director : Stéfanne Prijot
Assistant Director : Yann Verbeke
Photography : Stéfanne Prijot & Yann Verbeke
Editing : Stéfanne Prijot & Yann Verbeke
Original Music : Stéphane Parmentier
Color Grading : Miléna Trivier
Sound Mix : Frédéric Furnelle
Producers : LEA Productions
Locations : Uzbekistan, India, Indonesia, Belgium
Year : 2018


Bristol Independent Film Festival 2019 – Best Documentary
Festival International du Film Lesbien et Féministe de Paris 2019 – Prix du Public
European Cinematography Awards 2018 – Best Documentary


Espace Simone de Beauvoir – France
Through Women’s Eyes International FF – USA
HER Docs Film Festival – Poland
North Dakota Human Rights Film Festival – USA
Festival Escales Documentaires – France
Festival de Cineffable – France
Berlin Documentary Film Club – Germany
Quinzaine de la Solidarité – Belgium
Festival Femmes en résistance – France
Festival Maintenant – Belgium
Seoul International Architecture Film Festival – South Korea
Bristol Independent Film Festival – United Kingdom
IFF EKOTOPFilm Envirofilm – Slovak Republic
Human Rights International Film Festival – Nepal
Festival International du Film Documentaire Millenium – Belgium
Athens Fashion Film Festival – Greece
Central Asian Documentary Competition – Kazakhsta
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