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In the 1990s, the Mexican city of Ciudad Juárez gained a sad reputation as the city of 'women's murders'. Walking through the streets today, you can see pictures of forcibly disappeared women on the walls and posters of families searching for them. As a border city, Juárez is also marked by the fact that every year thousands of people try to cross the border to start a 'new life' in the United States. Those who do not make it often stay in the city, seeking work in the maquilas (low-wage factories) and making Juárez their home. There are more than 300 maquilas in Juarez, run by global companies, including European firms such as Bosch and Siemens. Working conditions in the factories are precarious, and women workers face various forms of violence on a daily basis.
NI EN MORE (Not One Woman Less) is an indigenous-mestizo design collective that combines ecological and feminist issues in their work. Using education, design and fashion to fight labour exploitation and violence in the maquilas and empowering women by offering professional training, alternative jobs and economic independence. In a year-long course, the women learn to develop a design, sew a prototype, produce the ecological inks, print with them and learn about financial planning and advertising. NI EN MORE uses only sustainable fabrics and plant-based dyes to make a statement against wasting the planet's resources. They encourage people around the world to consume in a politically and ethically responsible way in order to initiate change in the 'fast fashion' industry. In addition, NI EN MORE, together with other feminist organisations in Ciudad Juárez, contributes to raising awareness and attention to the political situation of feminicides and violence against women in Mexico and the world. The short film illustrates the situation of women in the maquiladoras and shows how the women of NI EN MORE creatively resist gender-based violence and labour exploitation and contribute to the creation of a more socially and ecologically just world.

  • Charlotta Sophie Sippel
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    8 minutes 1 second
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    December 31, 2022
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  • Guadalajara International Film Festival (FICG) (
    June 3, 2023
    Latin-American Film Festival Premiere
  • Congress Environmental Justice in Latin America
    June 24, 2023
    Premiere Germany
  • Knowledge festival: Ecological crises and alternative practices in the Anthropocene
    May 29, 2023
    Latin-American Premiere
    Winning short films of the International Competition "Experiences of socio-environmental transformation".
  • Exhibition "Global Sustainability Living Space"
    June 30, 2023
Director Biography - Charlotta Sophie Sippel

Charlotta Sippel studied psychology, social sciences and documentary film in Berlin, Santiago de Chile and Bern and works at the transdisciplinary nexus of science, activism and art on issues around political violence, trauma, body-territories and feminist movements.
Currently she is writing her dissertation entitled "Embroidery for Healing - the Struggle of the 'Madres Buscadoras' in Mexico from a Psychosocial Perspective" at the Anthropology institute of the Catholic University of Eichstätt-Ingolstadt, using participatory-action-oriented, ethnographic as well as audiovisual and art-based methods.

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