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NCLR Blogs about Made in L.A.'s digital release

The National Council of La Raza (NCLR) posted this beautiful blog about Made in L.A.'s digital release. Many thanks to NCLR's Patricia Foxen!

NCRL bloguea sobre el estreno digital de Made in L.A.

El Consejo Nacinal de La Raza (NCRL) ha colgado este bonito blog sobre el estreno en digital de Made in L.A. ¡Muchas gracias a Patricia Floxen de NCLR!

Digital Release of Made in L.A.!

Made in L.A. makes its Digital Premiere on September 17, 2013, in celebration of Latino Heritage Month.

WATCH NOW ON: Apple iTunesAmazon Instant Video, Google/YouTube, Microsoft X-Box, Sony Playstation, SundanceNow, Vudu and Vimeo On Demand. [We'll add links as each site goes live.]

We are excited that the digital release will bring Made in L.A. to new and diverse audiences and that it will greatly increase access to the film!

Made in L.A. is making its digital premiere through the Sundance Institute Artist Services program, which provides Institute-supported artists with exclusive opportunities for creative self-distribution, marketing and financing solutions for their work. Check out Sundance's press release and our press release.

Please help us spread the word!

Lanzamiento de Made in L.A. en plataformas digitales!

Made in L.A. se estrena en plataformas digitales el 17 de septiembre de 2013, en honor al Mes the Herencia Latina.

VELO AHORA EN: Apple iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, Google/YouTube, Microsoft X-Box, Sony Playstation, SundanceNow, Vudu y Vimeo On Demand. [Añadiremos enlaces a medida empiecen a funcionar].

¡Estamos muy contentos de que el lanzamiento digital va a llevar Made in L.A. a nuevas y diversas audiencias y que va a aumentar enormemente el acceso a la película!

Made in L.A. tiene su estreno digial gracias al programa de Artists Services del Sundance Institute, que proporciona a artistas apoyados por el Instituto oprtunidades exclusivas para la auto-distribución creativa, y soluciones de marketing y financiamiento para su trabajo. Puedes mirar el comunicado de prensa de Sundance y el nuestro

¡Por favor ayúdanos a pasar la voz!

Made in L.A. to screen all over Ecuador

We're glad to announce that we're collaborating with Ecuador's National Secretary of the Migrant to screen Made in L.A. in their outreach and education work as part of the campaign ‘We are all migrants." The campaign's goal is the respect to migrants' rights, sensitizing communities that produce migrants and the societies they travel to.

Made in L.A. will be presented in community centers and schools throughout Ecuador, accompanied by forums around the subject. It will also travel in a "mobile cinema truck" along with plays, fotography and music, which will reach hundreds of Ecuadorian communities, including very vulnerable populations.


Made in L.A. se proyectará por todo Ecuador

Nos alegra anunciar que estamos colaborando con la Secretaría Nacional del Migrante de Ecuador para usar Made in L.A. en su trabajo de difusión y educación como parte de su campaña "Todos Somos Migrantes". Esta campaña busca el respeto a los derechos de las personas migrantes y trabaja en un proceso de sensibilización tanto en las comunidades expulsoras de migrantes como en las sociedades de destino.

Made in L.A. será presentada en salas comunales, escuelas y colegios, donde irán acompañados de reflexiones y foros sobre el tema de la Movilidad Humana. Además la película recorrerá las ciudades del Ecuador en un carro escenario, junto con obras de teatro, fotografía, música y cine, llegando a lugares con población muy vulnerable.

Made in L.A. broadcast in Spain!

We're excited to announce that Made in L.A. will be broadcast in Spain in TVE (national Spanish television) on December 15, 2009, 10pm, in the prestigious program Documentos TV.

We have created a special page (in Spanish) with information and links for the broadcast and distribution in Spain. Click here to learn more!

Emisión en TVE el 15 de diciembre de 2009!

¡Estamos súper contentos de anunciar la emisión de Made in L.A. en TVE! Made in L.A. se emitirá en la 2 de TVE el 15 de diciembre de 2009, a las 22h, en el programa Documentos TV el 15 de diciembre de 2009.

Hemos creado una página especial en castellano con información y enlaces de cara a la emisión y distribución de Made in L.A. en España... ¡pincha aquí para saber más!

Y, si estás en Madrid, no te pierdas la Mesa Redonda que se celebrará justo el día antes, el 14 de Diciembre, para presentar Made in L.A.! Organizada por la Campaña Ropa Limpia-SETEM, la Mesa redonda contará con la presencia de la directora Almudena Carracedo, la jefa de internacional en la revista YO DONA, y miembros de La Asociación Sin Papeles de Madrid, Territorio Doméstico y SETEM.

Cuándo: Lunes 14 de diciembre a las 17:30 h. Museo del Traje de Madrid, Avenida de Juan de Herrera, 2 Madrid (Metro Ciudad Universitaria o Moncloa; antiguo Museo de Arte Contemporáneo).

Bájate el comunicado de prensa de la Mesa Redonda o la invitación electrónica!

Breakthrough's Restore Fairness campaign

We wanted to highlight Breakthrough's "Restore Fairness" campaign, which is using video and multi-media tools to draw attention to the lack of due process in the immigration detention system. Their work is very important and is closely related to the work that we've been doing to use Made in L.A. to tell the human stories of immigrant workers and to build support for immigration reform. Here's a video about their campaign:

Restore Fairness: bring back due process to the immigration system from Breakthrough on Vimeo.

As we started to explore the "Restore Fairness" site, we were moved to tears by Juana Villegas' story, and by everything it reveals about due process, the flawed 287g program that empowers local law enforcement to enforce immigration laws, and the issues women face on a daily basis. We hope you'll take a moment to watch this video and to explore Breakthrough's call to action below:

Juana Villegas: A Pregnant Woman Detained from Breakthrough on Vimeo.

More information and additional media is available at Here is Breakthrough's call to action:

Since the Declaration of Independence, America has striven to uphold human rights ideals like fairness and due process. However, in the aftermath of 9-11, the government often arrests people without warrants, holds them in inhumane detention conditions, and deports them without a fair trial.

Join us by taking action now. Because when we let the government deny due process and human rights for some people, we put all of our freedoms at risk.

1. Watch "Restore Fairness".
2. Tell Congress to restore fairness right now.
3. Sign up for updates so you can continue to take actions that support fair immigration.
4. Become an ally by signing the pledge and get featured on the home page.
5. Spread the word by announcing "Restore Fairness" to friends, on your website/blog, twitter, facebook and email signature. (Watch a powerful video #Restore Fairness and take action to fix a broken immigration system).
6. Leave your comments on the video and blog.

Together, we can stop the erosion of our fundamental human rights!

Lupe and Joann in Vancouver, Canada

Last month Lupe and Joann (stars in Made in L.A.!) went to Vancouver for two Made in L.A. screenings at the University of British Columbia (UBC), organized by Sociology Professor Jennifer Chun. I met Jennifer last March at a Ford Foundation-sponsored conference on Low-Wage Work, Migration and Gender in Chicago, where we screened Made in L.A. Jennifer decided the Vancouver community needed to see the film and she single handedly fundraised and organized to bring Lupe, Joann and me to Canada. At the last minute I wasn't able to go, but Joann wrote a few words to share with the Made in L.A. community:

Jennifer Chun, Joann, Joann's son Dylan and Lupe at one of the presentations
"The first day's screening was at the Museum of Anthropology at UBC, which houses amazing art, sculptures, and other artifacts of the native peoples of British Columbia. The audience definitely liked "Made in L.A." and had good questions about the industry, organizing, and race relations. The second day's screening was in a theater at Simon Fraser University, and since this day's event was publicized to the community, the room was packed! People had to sit in the aisles. And they loved "Made in L.A." They gave it a standing ovation at the end.

We also learned a little bit about Vancouver during the Q&A and from Jennifer. There are still sweatshops -little factories and home work-in Vancouver. Vancouver is about 40% immigrant (if I remember what Jennifer told me correctly)--from China, Japan, Korea, the Philippines, and now more from Mexico and other parts of Latin America, the Middle East, and other areas of the world. Groups are organizing in immigrant communities, such as Justicia for Immigrants and another center for education.

We had a great time in Vancouver. I took my 14-month-old son Dylan along. Jennifer was really gracious and took us around the city, including a stop at Cafe Rhizome where we had delicious food and dessert. One of the owners of the cafe was a long-time organizer with Mujeres Unidas y Activas in San Francisco. Thank you to Jennifer and to all the organizations that co-sponsored the screenings!"

This event was sponsored by: UBC Department of Sociology, UBC Initiative for Student Teaching and Research in Chinese Canadian studies (INSTRCC), St. John's College, UBC Centre for Women's and Gender Studies, SFU Latin American Studies Program, SFU Department of Geography, Hospital Employees' Union (HEU), Vancouver District Labour Council, Pacific Northwest Labour History Association, Canadian Union of Postal Workers, UBC School and Regional Planning Program (SCARP), UBC Department of Anthropology, UBC Centre for CrossFaculty Inquiry in Education (CCFI), UBC Law and Society Program, SFU Women's Studies Department, UBC Department of Geography, Justicia for Migrant Workers, No One is IllegalVancouver, Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA), Coalition of Progressive Electors (COPE).

Latino/a Heritage Month - St Louis, MO

In October we headed to St Louis, MO, for a few events organized by the Missouri Immigrant and Refugee Advocates (MIRA) and the St Louis Interfaith Committee on Latin America (IFCLA) including a fundraiser for both groups that was held at Bethel Lutheran Church. Gilbert Bailon, the Editorial Page Editor at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch provided opening remarks and the spirited post-screening discussion was moderated by Rebecca Rivas of The St. Louis American.

The following day, Professor Joel Jennings hosted a Community Screening of Made in L.A. at St. Louis University in an event that was supported by the US Census. The auditorium was packed with students, and we had a vibrant Q & A.

On the third day, we had a great screening at UMSL, where Robert's sister Sonya is a professor and directs the Center for Neurodynamics. The event was organized by Deborah Cohen, from the Department of History and the Institute for Women's and Gender Studies.

Mundo Latino wrote a beautiful review of the film (in Spanish)!

Latino/a Heritage Month - North Shore Community College

And just one day later I took a quick flight up to Boston for a presentation organized by the wonderful Gloria Lopez of the Diversity Leadership Council of North Shore Community College. The event took place in their big gymnasium, where College president Wayne Burton introduced the film, emphasizing the importance of Latino Heritage Month. The organizers devoted special attention to inviting community organizations serving youth (which received free copies of the film) and it was great seeing families, youth, professors and students together at the screening.

Latino/a Heritage Month - King's College

On September 28 we took a bus from New York to Wilkes-Barre, PA to do a presentation at King's college. The event was organized by Isabel Balsamo (with the support of Brother George, both pictured), coordinator of the Hispanic Outreach program, a program that brings high-schoolers and youth to the King's College campus for the summer so that they can get comfortable in the university setting and apply to college -their success rate so far is 100%!

Latino/a heritage Month - Normal/Bloomington, IL

On September 15th, the first day of Latino Heritage Month, I traveled to Normal, Illinois to do a series of presentations an a keynote speech at the Latin American/Latino Studies annual gala at Illinois State University... At the invitation of Professor Maura Toro-Morn from Illinois State University, who spearheaded the events, I arrived in Normal only to find a full house at the city's Normal Theater, along with press waiting to ask questions about the film.

After the Q&A, the Central Illinois Organizing Project (CIOP) held a prayer vigil in front of the theater. The idea was to bring together folks who didn't know each other and to ask someone to volunteer their story. In my group, a women cried while telling her story: she had come to the U.S. as a school student and when her visa ran out, she worked in all sorts of full-time jobs while studying, experienced humiliation, but endured and was eventually able to get her high-school diploma, then her Bachelor's, and she's now a PhD candidate. She's paid taxes the entire time but she still has no papers. This was just one of the moving stories at the vigil that underscored the human impact of the current immigration system, and the many lives that could be touched by reform.

On the third day, I visited Illinois Wesleyan University for a moving presentation at the Student Center. Professor Kathleen O'Gorman had contacted me a few months earlier, and by coincidence I was already planning to be in the area at ISU, so she put this presentation together quickly and how glad I am! A full house once again and a very intimate conversation with the audience left me energized and wanting to return to these twin cities!

The ISU events were sponsored by: Latin American and Latino Studies Program, College of Arts and Sciences, Diversity Advocacy, Fell Trust Committee, University Housing Services, Milner Library, Women's and Gender Studies.

The IWU event was sponsored by the Latin American Studies Team of the International Studies Program, the Office of Co-Curricular Programming, the IWU Action Research Center, the Women's Studies Program, the Hispanic Studies Department, and the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs.

Screening of Made in L.A. at the Diocese of Orange

We haven't blogged for a while - but for a good reason, as we have been on the road with Made in L.A. for much of the Fall in celebration of Latin@ heritage month across the US. Here are a few events we attended:

At the end of the summer, we headed to Orange County to present Made in L.A. at a meeting of parish representatives from the Diocese of Orange, which had contacted us to promote Made in L.A. for screenings in their 60+ parishes in Orange County as a tool to explore issues of low wage work, immigration reform and immigrant rights.

Anna Nersesyan (our wonderful outreach assistant), Robert Bahar, Bishop Flores, Sister Eileen McNerney, Lupe Hernandez, Georgeann Lovett, Almudena Carracedo, Angelo Paparelli, Shirl Giacomi, Maria Aroyo.

The panel featured us and Lupe, as well as Maria Aroyo, Education and Formation Coordinator from Catholic Relief Services; Sister Eileen McNerney, Founder of Taller San Jose; Angelo A. Paparelli, Immigration Attorney and Blogger.

Georgeann Lovett, Director of Respect Life, Justice and Peace from the Diocese of Orange commented on the event: "I received VERY positive feedback from the event. It was considered very timely... very powerful (someone referred to it as potent)... The documentary and the discussion highlighted why people are immigrating into the United States both legally and illegally; the problems with trying to come here legally; how women are treated; the garment industry; worker exploitation in general; the idea that people of the same ethnic background are preying on their own; the situation of separated families; our Catholic Social Teaching regarding immigration, and the list goes on and on. Everyone walked away with powerful images and new awareness of this issue, its complexity and ways to better understand and get involved."

Ladies Night in North Carolina

We wanted to share these beautiful words from a wonderful screening of Made in L.A. that took place in North Carolina, organized by the WNC Worker's Center:

"Last week, the Western North Carolina Worker's Center and Nuestro Centro, the local Latino community center, hosted a screening of Made in L.A in Asheville, NC. It was a Ladies' Only night - prizes, non-alcoholic daiquiris, and cheese and chocolate fondue! Before the screening everyone introduced themselves and shared a job that they once held in their home countries or in the United States - there were nurses, painters, and factory workers. We then played cherades - one round about what makes us proud to be women and another round of any abuses we have suffered at work. The screening was powerful. Throughout the movie there were tears, smiles, and lots of head nodding. We each recognized a part of our own story in the movie - some of us had left sons and daughters behind in our home countries, many of us struggle with our partners telling us not to get involved, others had worked in the sewing industry or in some kind of production, and some of us had felt those moments of defeat in our community organizing.

Making Vandanas. This one reads "All united for a better future"
After the screening each woman was invited to decorate a bandana for the Southern Povery Law Center's Bandana Project. At first, everyone was timid - and then suddenly there was a flurry of creativity. One of the bandanas said "Las Mujeres Luchamos Hasta el Fin". Another one simply read "Dignidad".

We want to thank the folks at Made in L.A. for this film. It is not just a beautiful and powerful movie, it is a wonderful way to bring people, especially women, together."

PBS Viewer Responses

Read what PBS viewers had to say about Made in L.A. Many stations will air Made in L.A. during August and September, so if you missed the broadcast in your city or what to find out when your PBS station will air it, check local listings every week for up-to-date information!

"THIS show moved me and I fell in love with three strangers I've never met. When a documentary can do that to someone, it's a sign of greatness. Thank you Almudena Carracedo and Robert Bahar for enlightening me and so many others. I'll be sure to think twice when making ALL my future purchases with the likes of these three in mind." - Victor Velez

"Rarely - okay hardly ever - do I do this sort of thing - post thoughts on a website. But, as you can see, I was really moved by this documentary. Well done. Thank you for making it. Thank you, POV for sharing it. These women are an inspiration." - Annette

"Blown away! This is such a sensitive reporting of a difficult, complex and frustrating reality. POV just keeps on bringing me to tears. Thank you for telling stories that need to be told. I wish this was what TV is usually...and that pigs could fly!" - Carole

See more, and a lively discussion on the issues of immigration and sweatfree purchasing, on the POV website!

Newsweek blog: D-9 vs. Made in L.A.

Newsweek just posted a blog about Made in L.A. "We Love Aliens (Just Not the Illegal Kind)" compares District 9 (yes, you heard it) and Made in L.A.: "Despite the documentary's successes (it is heartbreaking and great), it seems that the country is much more content to deal with a scaly, mumbling alien face than a real, human face." Interesting cultural anaylisis. Check it out here!

Take Action - Write a Letter to the Editor!

In light of the upcoming PBS broadcast, we're encouraging you to write "letters to the editor" to your local or regional newspaper, addressing immigration reform and using the Made in L.A. broadcast as a timely hook and as an empathy engine to personalize the issue. We worked with America's Voice to make this easy! Just click here - and use the template letter and online tool to easily send a personal message to your local media. Policy makers look to letters like this to get a sense of their constituents' views, so this can be a persuasive tool!



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