Claiming Our Voice

A Film by Jennifer Pritheeva Samuel
A Film by Jennifer Pritheeva Samuel

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Claiming Our Voice is a short documentary film by Jennifer Pritheeva Samuel sharing the stories of Andolan, a Queens-based workers center founded and led by South Asian immigrant women low-wage workers as a means to support each other and collectively organize against exploitative work conditions.


Domestic work includes childcare, cleaning and cooking and takes place in the home. The majority of domestic workers are female, foreign born and persons of color.  Claiming Our Voice’s main characters work in this industry, are prone to low wages, long hours, no benefits, and extreme isolation.  While the issue of domestic work has received increased attention, we rarely hear from domestic workers themselves. Through the course of the film, our characters are revealed as their own heroines – challenging stereotypical images of immigrants and low-wage workers as well as notions of culture, race, gender, and class.

Take a look at the video and I hope you will join the fight to make these women’s voices heard! Support in whatever way you can.

Louise Bourgeois

The image that best represent Louise Bourgeois’ spunk and sense of humor is this one, taken by Robert Maplethorpe in 1982 when she was 71 years old. She was born in Paris in 1911 and was 98 when she died in New York City in 2010.




Her huge spider sculptures which appeared outside numerous museums around the world, rank among the the most highly priced works by a woman artist to date, $10.7 million USD.

She is also known for her work made from collecting objects, and for soft sculptures and totemic forms. She was a pioneer for women, and encouraged young artists to her home in Chelsea for art talks. Also one of the first artists to use interior spaces she called “Cells”. Her work is emotionally charged and provocative.

For an in dept look into her life and work, visit