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China Blue (2005)

China Blue



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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 luxury. Pressured by Western companies to shrink their manufacturing costs to impossibly low numbers, the workers who toil away day after day in these factories are often left with little more than dreams of operating their own business when their bodies finally succumb to the damaging effects of their duties.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Documentary, Special Interest
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Critic Reviews for China Blue

All Critics (12) | Top Critics (7)

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.

Full Review… | March 8, 2007
Boston Globe
Top Critic

Heartbreaking yet boldly essential documentary.

Full Review… | January 26, 2007
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.

Full Review… | January 26, 2007
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.

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

Full Review… | January 24, 2007
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.

Full Review… | January 19, 2007
San Francisco Chronicle
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Audience Reviews for China Blue

this is a great insider's look into the way today's economy works. with so many consumer products manufactured in china, i bet you could insert any product and get a similar film. although the movie was depressing, it's empowering to know that as consumers we have the power to make a difference just in choosing which products to buy.

sunny mckay

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