Call me intern meet the millenials fighting back against unpaid work

Call Me Intern follows three interns-turned-activists who refuse to accept that young people should have to work for free to kick start their careers.

Their stories challenge youth stereotypes and help give a voice to the growing movement for intern rights across the world.

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Best New Zealand Documentary (Doc Edge 2019, Oscar Qualifying) | Best Editing (Doc Edge 2019) | Nigel Moore Award for Youth Programming (Doxa 2019)

Full Synopsis

Young, unemployed and frustrated, Filmmakers David Leo Hyde and Nathalie Berger set out to land an internship so they can examine the system from the inside in an act of millenial gonzo-film making.

After David accepts an internship at the United Nations, they move into a small blue tent on the Geneva lakefront and begin documenting his unpaid intern experience. Their action sparks a global press storm, challenging their roles as filmmakers.

Meanwhile, Marisa works for a US presidential election campaign, while fending off harassment from her supervisors. Kyle interns for a fortune-500 company, while living in a New York homeless shelter.

Each of these interns faces a choice: accept the system the way it is or put their careers on the line to speak out against it. Their actions help give visibility and strength to a growing global intern movement.

Their journeys reveal the pressures which lead so many millennials to work for free while pop-culture extracts and testimonies from academics, politicians and employers give us a sense of how wide the internship phenomenon has spread.

In the news

New York Times | BBC | The Guardian

After the story of a UN intern living in a tent sparked global press interest, the Directors traveled to other locations around the world to expand the story and record other young people fighting back against unpaid internships. To read an account of the original press storm check out this Op-Ed written for The Intercept.

Film Coverage

CineEuropa Review (2020) - "Call Me Intern has opened up an important debate, allowing interns from all over the world to come together and demonstrate in pursuit of their rights. The road is still long, but the finish line now seems just that little bit closer."

LeTemps Review (2020, French) - "The exploitation of young people perpetuates a class injustice, only rich kids can survive"

Call Me Intern was one of the 150 documentaries in the running for the 2020 Oscars after winning Best New Zealand Documentary at Doc Edge 2019.

Read the full review from Indy Film Library here

Listen to the full RNZ Interview

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Streaming now on Means TV

Want to licence the film? Email collective.bievre@gmail.com

Past Screenings:

February 29th 2020 - Salt Spring Film Festival, Canada

March 1st - Indy Film Awards, Amsterdam, Netherlands

March 8th - FIFDH Film Festival Geneva, Switzerland

March 12th - FIFDH Film Festival Geneva Switzerland

March 14th - FIFDH Film Festival Geneva Switzerland

April 06th - Cinema Politica Screening, Montreal, Canada

May 6th 2019 - Doxa Festival - Vancouver

May 31st 2019 - DocEdge Festival - Auckland Art Gallery

3rd June 2019 - DocEdge Festival - Q Theatre, Auckland

4th June 2019 - DocEdge Festival - Q Theatre, Auckland

17th June 2019 - DocEdge Festival - The Roxy, Wellington

16th June 2019 - Valletta Film Festival - Spazjuu Kreattiv

18th June 2019 - DocEdge Festival - The Roxy, Wellington

18th June 2019 - Valletta Film Festival - Spazjuu Kreattiv

23 September 2019 - Bergen International Film Festival (Free Screening) - Bergen Kino, Norway

26th October 2019 - NFFTY Film Festival, Seattle, USA

14 November 2019 - Verzio Human Rights Film Festival, Prague

15 November 2019 - Verzio Human Rights Film Festival, Prague

9-12 December 2019 - Guangzhou Film Festival, China

February 8th 2020 - Call me Intern Screening, Varia, Rotterdam, Netherlands

If you want to bring the film to a screen near you, get in touch with us: collective.bievre@gmail.com

Production Stills


Call Me Intern's Distributor (World) is Berta Film

Call Me Intern's Educational Distributor is Video Project


The Film is a Swiss-New Zealand Co-Production between Collective Bièvre and Reportage

Contact: collective.bievre@gmail.com | www.collectivebievre.com