Discover the documentary ‘Quai des brunes, femmes dockers à La Réunion’, a film made by Claire Perdrix with the support of the AIVP. The report takes place in the Grand Port Maritime de La Réunion, a place where men have accepted to share their traditional male-dominated, professional universe with women.

Réunion’s seaport, France’s fourth largest, is the island’s economic lung, a world of fantasy and steel, a symbol of union struggles and manly codes.
Today, around twenty women work there, dockers “at the foot of the boat” like their male colleagues.
Until now, no other French port had dared to have a mixed workforce on the docks, and this small revolution has taken place in one of the departments where professional equality is struggling to emerge.
By looking at the lives of these women workers, this film examines the place of 21st century women in Reunionese society and, more generally, the impact of their presence in a bastion hitherto reserved for men.
It also lifts a corner of the veil on the fascinating but usually hermetic world of the docks.

Directed by : Claire Perdrix

Production: Les Nouveaux Jours Productions

with the participation of France Télévisions

Supported by Centre national du cinéma et de l’image animée; Direction régionale aux droits des femmes et à l’égalité; PROCIREP – Société des Producteurs et de L’ANGOA; AIVP

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