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Author: Vicky FunariSergio De La TorreDarcy McKinnonAnnelise WunderlichCarmen DuránAll authors
Publisher: [San Francisco, CA] : California Newsreel, ©2006.
Edition/Format:   DVD video : SpanishView all editions and formats
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Using video diaries kept by two women promotoras (community activists), this documentary explores the environmental devastation and urban chaos of Tijuana's maquiladoras, the multinationally owned factories that came to Mexico for cheap labor. Maquiladora workers--overwhelmingly women--produce televisions, electrical cables, toys, clothes, batteries and IV tubes, they weave the very fabric of life for consumer  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Historical films
Nonfiction films
Documentary films
Video recordings for the hearing impaired
Social problem films
Environmental films
Feature films
Named Person: Carmen Durán; Lourdes Luján
Material Type: Videorecording
Document Type: Visual material
All Authors / Contributors: Vicky Funari; Sergio De La Torre; Darcy McKinnon; Annelise Wunderlich; Carmen Durán; Lourdes Luján; Independent Television Service.; CineMamás Productions.; Grupo Factor X.; Colectivo Chilpancingo.; Promotoras por los Derechos de las Mujeres.; California Newsreel (Firm)
OCLC Number: 68906470
Language Note: In Spanish with English subtitles and some English with Spanish subtitles.
Notes: "The women in this film developed and created its images, sounds and ideas in collaboration with the filmmakers."--Credits.
Credits: Editor, Vicky Funari ; original score, Pauline Oliveros with Bostich and Fussible Nortec Collective, and John Blue ; 16 mm cinematography, Daniel Gorrell, Sophia Constantinou ; aerial photography, Martin Zimmerman ; transcriber, David Sweet-Cordero.
Performer(s): Carmen Durán, Lourdes Luján.
Description: 1 videodisc (68 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Details: DVD.
Contents: Welcome to Tijuana --
Carmen --
Lourdes --
We are promotoras --
Labor claim --
Carmen's new job --
Lourdes tells a toxic tale --
Labor board hearing --
Labor rights --
Chilpancingo Collective --
Infrastructure --
From boom to bust --
Clean-up at Metales --
Lead, labor, and the law --
Future. Bienvenidos a Tijuana --
Carmen --
Lourdes --
Somos promotoras --
Demanda laboral --
Nuevo empleo --
Lourdes cuenta un cuento tóxico --
Audiencia laboral --
Derecho laboral --
Colectivo Chilpancingo --
Infraestructura --
Del auge al fracaso --
Limpieza de Metales --
Piomo, trabajo, y la ley --
Futuro.
Other Titles: City of factories
Responsibility: ITVS ; a CineMamás film ; produced and directed by Vicky Funari, Sergio De La Torre in collaboration with the women of Grupo Factor X, Colectivo Chilpancingo, Promotoras por los Derechos de las Mujeres ; co-producers, Darcy McKinnon, Annelise Wunderlich ; in association with the Independent Television Service.
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Using video diaries kept by two women promotoras (community activists), this documentary explores the environmental devastation and urban chaos of Tijuana's maquiladoras, the multinationally owned factories that came to Mexico for cheap labor. Maquiladora workers--overwhelmingly women--produce televisions, electrical cables, toys, clothes, batteries and IV tubes, they weave the very fabric of life for consumer nations. They also confront labor violations, toxic waste dumps, and the unhealthy conditions in the colonias where they live. As globalization turns workers into a commodity that can be bought anywhere in the world for the lowest price, the stories of Carmen and Lourdes illustrate what can be accomplished with determination and faith in the future.

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Maquilapolis City of Factories

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Maquilapolis is a provocative and emotionally stirring expose of working conditions in Mexico’s maquiladoras, a word that has come to mean a new breed of factory that have become commonplace in Mexico. Foreign companies come for the tax breaks and cheap labor, and the Mexican government...
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