In 2008, Nepalese police recorded 254 days with strikes. When strikes or bandhs occur, borders are closed, traffic is disrupted, government offices, hospitals, businesses and bazaars are shut down. What started out in the early times of Nepal democracy as protest against the government, is now a system for citizens to meet their demands. Strike culture is having a serious effect on the poor’s ability to feed themselves.
All the photographs in the video are of the workers and families of the Biratnagar Jute Mills who are now jobless as a result of strikes. This is also the site where the first labour strikes in Nepal took place.