Made in LA Film Screening and Panel

Posted by admin on Oct 6th, 2009

An excellent documentary…about basic human dignity.” -The New York Times. Watch the trailer!

Friday, October 30th 6:00pm to 8:00pm. Labatt Theatre, SFU Harbour Centre, 515 West Hastings Street


* Almudena Carracedo: Emmy-award winning Director and Producer. Her previous documentary on Tijuana as a border town Welcome, A Docu-Journey of Impressions received the Sterling Award for Best Short Documentary at Silverdocs Documentary Festival. Almudena is the 2008 recipient of NALIP’s National Association of Latino Independent Producers) ESTELA Award.

* Guadalupe “Lupe” Hernandez: left Mexico City at the age of 17 to join her sister in Los Angeles, where she quickly adapted to life working in garment factories. In 2000 she got involved in the Garment Worker Center’s Forever 21 campaign, continues to actively fight for the rights of her fellow workers, and is highly involved with the outreach campaign of Made in L.A.

* Joann Lo: has worked as an organizer for SEIU Locals 399 and 1877 and was the Garment Worker Center lead organizer in the boycott campaign against Forever 21. She currently works as the co-Executive Director of Enlace, a strategic alliance of low-wage worker centers, unions and organizing groups in the U.S. and in Mexico.


Made in L.A. is an Emmy award-winning feature documentary (70 min in English and Spanish with subtitles) that follows the remarkable story of three Latina immigrants working in Los Angeles garment sweatshops as they embark on a three-year odyssey to win basic labor protections from trendy clothing retailer Forever 21. These three women, along with other immigrant workers, come together at L.A.’s Garment Worker Center to take a stand for their rights. Against all odds, these seemingly defenseless workers launch a very public challenge (a lawsuit and a boycott), calling attention to the dark side of low-wage labor north of the U.S.-Mexico border and revealing the social fault lines of the new globalization. In intimate observational style, Made in L.A. reveals the impact of the struggle on each womanÂ’s life as they are gradually transformed by the experience.

Made in L.A has received critical acclaim and international awards, including an Emmy Award, a Henry Hampton Award and a Special Mention of the Jury at the Valladolid International Film Festival.

Sponsored by: Hospital EmployeesÂ’ Union, Pacific Northwest Labour History Association, Canadian Union of Postal Workers, Justicia for Migrant Workers, No One is Illegal-Vancouver, UBC Department of Sociology, UBC Centre for Women’s and Gender Studies, SFU Latin American Studies Program, SFU Department of Geography, Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, and others.

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