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Depending on his or her working environment, a domestic worker might cook, clean, or care for children and the elderly. While some hardly interact with their employers, other domestic workers become as close as any other family member. According to the United Nations’ International Labour Organization, Brazil employs more domestic workers than any other nation in the world, and millions of them are campaigning for greater employment benefits. To examine how these workers fit into Brazilian society, filmmaker Gabriel Mascaro asked seven young people from different socioeconomic classes to film their maids over the course of a week. He turned that footage into Housemaids, a documentary that generated plenty of conversation when it was released commercially in Brazil last year. The film comes to D.C. as part of a National Gallery of Art–sponsored series on contemporary Brazilian documentarians. Twenty-three percent of domestic workers in the U.S. make less than the minimum wage, and only four states have enacted laws that protect the rights of domestic workers. Mascaro’s film explains why they need our support in any hemisphere. The film shows at 4:30 p.m. at the Malsi Doyle and Michael Forman Theater at American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Free. (202) 737-4215. nga.gov.