Before professors and students arrive for their morning classes, these are the people finishing work. Fleeing the social and political instability of their home countries, many Latin Americans come to London looking for work opportunities and a safe environment to raise and educate their children. In turn, they are confronted with discrimination, labour exploitation and social “invisibility”. After more than eight years of campaigning, the immigrant cleaners outsourced at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) in London continue to demand being brought in-house. “Limpiadores” charts the history of their and others’ campaign – from winning the London Living Wage to the deportation of nine colleagues, and the day-to- day invisible labour of cleaners on campus.
Originally from Cuba, Fernando González Mitjáns lived and studied in Brazil before relocating to London. He holds a BA in Sociology from the University of Brasilia, a MA in Postcolonial Culture and Global Policy from Goldsmiths’ College, and recently completed his MA in Ethnographic and Documentary Film at the University College London’s Anthropology Department.