Mardi Gras: Made in China (2005)
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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.
Jan 26, 2005 Wide
Jul 29, 2008
Carnivalesque Films - Official Site
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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.
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.
At minimum, this two-dimensional documentary does a decent job of displaying cavalier consumption alongside globalization and exploitative manufacturing.
Feels like a sermon on vegetarianism being delivered to occupants of a Sudanese refugee camp.
Would play better if it were more focused and less repetitive.
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.
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.
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.
... 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 ...
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