Susana, a 16mm film shot in black and white, depicts the dual lives of a mother working to raise her children by day while confronting her past as a slaughterhouse worker by night. The film sheds light on both human rights and animal rights issues from the perspective of a woman who has intimately struggled with both.
Widespread injury and abuse of migrant workers has led Human Rights Watch to dub slaughterhouse work “the most dangerous factory job in America.” U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement conducted the largest raids in modern US history at slaughterhouses in the past year, arresting and deporting undocumented workers. Despite the danger to herself and her family, former slaughterhouse worker Susana returns to the scene at night to care for animals on their way to the kill floor.
Susana is a short film produced in Stanford University’s Documentary Film and Video MFA Program.