Mardi Gras: Made in China
Showing at 07:00PM on Tuesday, April 12, 2005
More Competition Films, Documentaries
Tuesday, April 12 at 7:00pm at Enzian Theater
Saturday, April 16 at 4:30pm at Regal Winter Park Village
USA, 2004, 61 MIN, IN ENGLISH & CHINESE W/ENGLISH SUBTITLES
DIRECTED BY DAVID REDMON
WARNING: Do not see this film if you want to enjoy the mindless frivolity of Mardi Gras beads again. Those cheap trinkets we Americans toss off floats, bare our breasts for, and casually toss on car mirrors carry a human price tag. Filmmaker David Redmon follows the money in this tough, behind-the-scenes exposť of working conditions in Chinese factories. While the Chinese factory manageróand the American importerómakes money, rural teenagers serve as indentured innocents whose blistered and burned fingers only create wealth and happiness for others. Shown pictures of New Orleans revelers exchanging beads and decadently celebrating, the Chinese workers initially are delighted. But their giggles dissipate when they learn the beadsí retail price in the United States. This one story about one product begs larger questions about globalization and the glaring discrepancies between the haves and the have-nots. We Americans sure love a bargain, but who winds up paying?
PARENTS OF THE YEAR
USA, 2004, 21 MIN
DIRECTED BY JAMES SCURLOCK
On the eve of her son's graduation from a prestigious northeastern college, Yolanda Garcia exposes the extraordinary personal price she has paid for her children's success.