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Mardi Gras: Made in China

Mardi Gras: Made in China (2005)

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Average Rating: 6/10
Critic Reviews: 10
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This examination of cultural and economic globalization follows Mardi Gras beads made in China by teenage girls and young women -- who work in a factory 12 to 14 hours a day, six days a week for around 10 cents an hour -- to the adults who exchange them in the 24-hour New Orleans Mardi Gras celebration.

Unrated,

Documentary, Special Interest

Jul 29, 2008

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Mardi Gras: Made in China is a thought-provoking, canny piece of filmmaking that puts flesh, blood and garish multicolored baubles on the skeleton of globalization.

August 10, 2006 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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This smart, witty look at the human cost of free-market reforms and globalization tracks the necklaces from hard labor at one end to hedonism at the other.

August 10, 2006 Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly
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At minimum, this two-dimensional documentary does a decent job of displaying cavalier consumption alongside globalization and exploitative manufacturing.

April 28, 2006 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
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Feels like a sermon on vegetarianism being delivered to occupants of a Sudanese refugee camp.

March 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Newsday
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Would play better if it were more focused and less repetitive.

March 24, 2006
New York Post
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When [Redmon] runs out of things to say, his film lands in an anticlimactic puddle, just like the shiny trinkets forgotten after the party ends.

March 24, 2006 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
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Director David Redmon earns accolades galore for crafting a dmning expose' which brilliantly contrasts the plight of exploited Asian females with the embarrassing behavior of drunks and bimbos floating up Bourbon Street on Fat Tuesday.

July 25, 2008 Full Review Source: NewsBlaze
NewsBlaze

This investigative literal and figurative global chain reaction appears to be yet another exceptionally worthy addition to the evolving genre of what may be termed anti-globalization cinema.

July 12, 2008 Full Review Source: NewsBlaze
NewsBlaze

Goes halfway around the globe without halfway giving us perspective.

February 6, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

... doesn't make you proud to wave the red, white and blue, and even manages to sober up a few Mardi Gras revelers in the process ...

August 13, 2006 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Daily News
Los Angeles Daily News

Slyly devastating.

March 24, 2006 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

... recommended viewing.

December 6, 2005 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

A humorous, economically revealing documentary.

December 6, 2005 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

A wry, eye-opening documentary.

October 1, 2005 Full Review Source: EricDSnider.com
EricDSnider.com

Redmon is impressively hands-off, allowing the material to speak for itself about the headless beast of globalization.

September 30, 2005 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

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