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The Fruit of Our Labour

Australia, 1989 (MIFF 1990, Fiction)

Director: Elvira Vacirca

Set in the late 1950's, II Frutto Del Nostra Lavoro centers on the life of Lina - the daughter of Italian migrants who live in rural Victoria.

Pressured into marrying a young Italian farmer, Lina leaves her family and escapes to the city. In Melbourne, Lina finds work in a clothing factory and studies at night to improve her education. On experiencing the exploitation of migrant workers she begins to fight for better working conditions. A number of setbacks only succeed in making Lina even more determined.
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