In search of a better life
It is 1 am sharp. The stormy wind is banging on the tin door that is barely locked, creating a displeasing sound in a continuous loop again and again. The heavy wind can tear apart the shack anytime. Sunita, lying with her seven-year old daughter inside, closes her eyes in a hope to see a beautiful dream, perhaps about all the good things she had thought throughout the day while working in the brick field.
In search of a better life was born out of existential crisis of women workers and their children in brick making industry in India where their dreams and hope becoming the protagonist of the story which come as an alternative way to endorse their identity, freedom and existence.
Presently brick manufacturing industry is booming with the expansion of real estate business in India. Sizable portion of the workers here are women, who come from different places of India in search of better living option. But extremely low wages, physical and mental exploitation, lack of social and health security, petrifaction and domination are leading them on the verge of existential catastrophe. Children are not only deprived from love and care, but also have to lend their hand in field or housework as their contributions can add to the total outcome.
Among all these instability and fragility, their reverie comes with a sense of big relief and hope to the story, and also in the life of the photographer. Throughout the journey, back and forth between reality and imagination, a subtle sense of aspiration gives them a feeling of strength and nous of continuation.