Archive of films Maquilapolis: City of Factories / Maquilapolis: City of Factories

Mexico / USA
2006, 67 min

Section: One World Presents the Sundance Documentary Fund
Year: 2006

There is an area on the US-Mexican border peppered with maquiladoras: massive sweatshops often owned by large multinational corporations. The film follows a group of women working in maquiladoras in Tijuana as they try struggle to survive in this hard-hitting, personal and fascinating documentary.


Synopsis

There is an area on the US-Mexican border peppered with maquiladoras: massive sweatshops often owned by large multinational corporations. Over a million people work for these multinationals, usually for negligible pay and under harsh conditions. Dynamic Carmen together with a group of Tijuana women decides to stand up for their workers’ rights and address publicly some of the key problems they face daily. Equipped with video cameras they continuously record their struggles. A very personal film where stringent activist videos are interwoven with stunning poetical images.

About the director

Vicky Funari focuses primarily on the lives of working people and on the complex identities of today’s culturally mixed and dynamic migratory populations. Her award winning films were screened at many prestigious festivals. Filmography: Paulina (1998), Live Nude Girls Unite! (2000), Maquilapolis: City of Factories (2006).
Sergio De La Torre is an acclaimed photographer, performance and installation artist. His art work centers on issues regarding diaspora/tourism and identity politics.

Contacts

ITVS - Independent Television Service
501 York Street, CA 94110, San Francisco
United States of America
Tel: +1 415 356 8383
Fax: +1 415 356 8391
E-mail: itvs@itvs.org
www: www.itvs.org

About the film

Color, BETA SP

Section: One World Presents the Sundance Documentary Fund
   
Director: Vicky Funari, Sergio De La Torre
Dir. of Photography: Daniel Gorrell, Sophia Constantinou
Music: Pauline Oliveros
Editor: Vicky Funari
Producer: Sergio De La Torre, Vicky Funari
Contact: ITVS - Independent Television Service
   
www: www.maquilapolis.com
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