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China Blue

China Blue (2005)

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Average Rating: 8.4/10
Critic Reviews: 7
Fresh: 7 | Rotten: 0

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Take a trip to the place where blue jeans are born in this revealing, clandestinely shot documentary from filmmaker Micha Peled, exploring the plight of South China factory workers struggling to balance Western demands with shrinking wages. Though at first 16-year-old Jasmine is excited to be working alongside her family as a thread-cutter at the Lifeng Factory in Shaxi, South China, her initial enthusiasm is soon squelched by 16-hour work days and payment that makes minimum wage look like a

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Though its dissection of globalization is sobering and sharp-tongued in places, the film's approach is ultimately more diary than diatribe, centered on the kind of girls who would rather dance than despair.

March 8, 2007 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
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Heartbreaking yet boldly essential documentary.

January 26, 2007 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
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After watching the eye-opening documentary China Blue, you're likely to think twice the next time you want to buy a pair of jeans. At the very least, your conscience will bother you knowing that the garments were made at sweatshops in China.

January 26, 2007 Full Review Source: New York Post
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A heartbreaking and meticulous documentary about life inside a blue-jeans factory in China, reveals more than we may care to know about the provenance of our most beloved item of clothing.

January 26, 2007 Full Review Source: New York Times
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... China Blue feels stage-managed at times, but the conditions of this 750-person factory are heartbreaking ...

January 24, 2007 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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The most heartbreaking, moving film in theaters right now is not Babel, Letters From Iwo Jima or Little Children. It is China Blue, a documentary about sweatshop workers at a denim factory.

January 19, 2007 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
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Globalization is here to stay, and it presents us with yet another set of problems that we must address. China Blue does not offer solutions, but it might help get us to stop ignoring the problems. It is the little elephant that roared.

April 23, 2007 Full Review Source: culturevulture.net
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in the same category as Riis' "How the Other Half Lives" and other scathing exposes from America's own less than noble economic past. Patently angry, but never strident, this film is as intelligent as it is jarring

February 12, 2007 Full Review Source: Killer Movie Reviews
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Just the latest in an invaluable string of eye-opening documentaries designed to make Westerners face the fact that their relatively high standard of living comes at the expense of impoverished, indigenous peoples of the Third World.

January 27, 2007 Full Review Source: Denver Urban Spectrum
Denver Urban Spectrum

A must-see--if not by the average consumer, then by politicians and U.N. officials.

January 26, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

The film does not benefit from the great power of contrast that was central to the superior Mardi Gras: Made in China, but it's crucial for its very methodical study of life inside a sweatshop.

January 15, 2007 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
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