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Made in L.A.

For some strange reason my internet connection went out as I was writing a story. So I decided to take a break and watch the tele… Made in L.A. a documentary about the struggle of garment workers in sweatshops. It’s personal and inspiring to watch, and I highly recommend it.

Like Lupe, Maura and María, many immigrant women around America struggle to make a better life for themselves by working in garment factories with low pay and unsafe working conditions. P.O.V. asked activists and policymakers in the fields of immigration and labor to comment on the film and on the opportunities and setbacks that immigrants encounter in America.

Watch the tailer here. Check your local listings here.

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3 comments for “Made in L.A.”

  1. Right after I read this post, I found this documentary on TV!

    I agree. It’s very inspiring to watch. It was also very hard for me, as a consumer and Mexican-American, to watch. I kept seeing my aunts in these women’s eyes.

    Thank you so much for giving us the heads up on this.

    Posted by Lexx | September 5, 2007, 5:25 pm
  2. oh good, i’m glad you got to watch it!

    i’m glad to see a documentary about sweatshops done in such a personal manner, otherwise, it would be easy to see the situation as hopeless. these women put everything on the line for better working conditions, it just made me think about my own choices and the level of inconvenience… which is pretty minimal in comparison.

    Posted by jennine | September 5, 2007, 10:05 pm
  3. There is this fantastic documentary from PBS “No sweat” from a couple years ago. Im a native californian and garments and fields are always in the radar, or under the radar I should say. Ive never liked the cockyness of the owner of AA personally but, many of my friends silkscreen on AA shirts so often Im torn. anyhow, here is the link to the summary, then you can select from the menu ‘no sweat’ for more.


    Posted by meli | September 5, 2007, 11:15 pm

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