FILM REVIEW: “Mardi Gras: Made in China”

From Willamette Week, 2/7/07:

A movie about inebriated, globally unconscious Americans exposing their mammary glands, young Chinese women laboring in sweatshops, and the “cheap, colored, plastic shit on a string” that ties them together. The movie offers a beginner’s lesson in globalization by pitching a simple question: “Where do Mardi Gras beads come from?” Though Made in China has a homemade look to it, often looking like it was edited on iMovie, director David Redmon does capture some pretty compelling footage in his multiple trips to China. Of particular note are the segments filmed in one Chinese bead factory, a compound where workers live, eat, sleep and work 14-16 hours a day. Along with interviews with several of the laborers, Redmon includes surprisingly candid conversations with one factory owner who offers frightening insights into how to best control his workers’ lives. On an unrelated note, “Made in China” has the funniest interview with a perverted, drunken Catholic priest ever caught on tape, hands down


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