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Mardi Gras : Made in China

David Redmon / United States / 2006 / 72 ' / English - Chinese / S.T. English


David Redmon
Matthew Dougherty
Dale Smith & Deborah Smith

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Nominated for Grand Jury Prize Sundance Film Festival
Best Documentary Florida Film Festival Camden International Film Festival (Maine)
New Orleans Human Rights Film Festival Magnolia Film Festival (Mississippi)
Garden State Film Festival
Mass Bay Film Festival
Best Brooklyn Based Film Brooklyn Underground Film Festival
Audience Award - Best Documentary New Orleans Human Rights Film Festival
Belgrade International Film Festival Nominated for Social Justice Award
Santa Barbara International Film Festival Best Global Consciousness Film
Telluride Mountain Film Festival Human Rights Award
Special Jury Award Nurnberger Film Festival
Artsfest Film Festival
George Lindsey UNA Film Festival
Hearts and Minds Film Festival
Big Muddy Film Festival
Black Point Film Festival
Spindletop Film Festival
RiverRun Film Festival Award Winner

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Follows the "bead trail" from the bead factory in China to Bourbon Street during Mardi Gras.


Mardi Gras: Made in China follows the "bead trail" from the factory in China to Bourbon Street during Mardi Gras, poignantly exposing the inequities of globalization. First-time director David Redmon cleverly illuminates the clash of cultures by juxtaposing American excess and consumer culture against the harsh life of the Chinese factory worker. The film confronts both cultural and economic globalism by humanizing the commodity chain from China to the United States. Redmon follows the stories of four teenage women workers in the largest Mardi Gras bead factory in the world, providing insights into their economic realities, self-sacrifice, and dreams of a better life, and the severe discipline imposed by living and working in a factory compound. Interweaving factory life with Mardi Gras festivities, the film opens the blind eye of consumerism by visually introducing workers and festival-goers to each other. A dialogue results when bead-wearing partiers are shown images of the teenage Chinese workers and asked if they know the origin of their beads, while the factory girls view pictures of Americans exchanging beads, soliciting more beads, and decadently celebrating. The conversation reveals the glaring truth about the real benefactors of the Chinese workers' hard labor and exposes the extreme contrast between women's lives and liberty in both cultures.


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