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Month of September, 2007
After 5 long years, Made in L.A. is finally complete and we're just amazed by the buzz and the impact that it's already starting to have! The last weeks (really, the last months!) have been a frenzy of activity, as we've been working to finish the film, then premiered at several film festivals, and then worked to get ready for our PBS broadcast... And yet everything that has come out of it is really beautiful. The film will be broadcast next Tuesday Sept 4 at 10pm on PBS' POV series, and, right on Labor Day, we are launching this new website which is meant to be a hub for outreach and information around the film. Here you'll be able to see what's been happening, to learn about past and future screenings and soon, much, much more.
In the next days and weeks we will be adding new and exciting content: video, pictures, resources, ways you can get involved, information about campaigns and interesting links... And I commit to update you guys through this blog as the film tours throughout the country, and the world. Stay tuned, and welcome!
Después de 5 largos años, hemos finalmente terminado Made in L.A., y estamos impresionados por la popularidad y el impacto que esta empezando a tener! Las últimas semanas (bueno, ¡los últimos meses!) han sido una autentica locura, porque hemos estado trabajando para terminar la película, después hemos estrenado en varios festivales importantes, y finalmente hemos seguido trabajando para estar listos para la emisión en televisión... Pero lo que ha salido de todo esto es increíble. La película se estrena en televisión nacional en EEUU el martes 4 de Septiembre en POV, la prestigiosa serie de PBS y, el mismito Día del Trabajo, estamos lanzando esta nueva website que queremos que sea un centro vital de información sobre la difusión de la película. Aquí podrás ver lo que está pasado con el documental, enterarte de qué proyecciones y eventos va a haber, y mucho, mucho más.
En los próximos días y semanas vamos a ir añadiendo nuevo contenido: video, fotos, enlaces a sitios de interés, acciones concretas para que puedas involucrarte y participar, información sobre otras campañas... Y yo me comprometo a manteneros al día a través de este blog, en nuestro viaje de presentación de la película por EEUU y por el mundo. Estad atento/as, y ¡bienvenido/as!
It is the eve of the film's broadcast in Los Angeles (tonight at 10:30pm on KCET), and we have just returned from our San Francisco premiere!
Guess what we found RIGHT IN FRONT of our hotel subway exit at Union Square??? YES: a HUGE Forever 21 store!
Lupe, Almudena and Robert in front of Made in LA's poster at the Roxie Theater in San Francisco
The Roxie Theater was packed! 289 seats, and NOT ONE seat available! About 100 people were turned away at the door (so painful - a bittersweet mark of the event's success)
The screening itself was a moving evening of tears, cheering and laughter throughout the film. Perhaps not so surprisingly, this was the first time that the audience cheered when Lupe goes to Hong Kong to protest the World Trade Organization!
We had an extended panel afterwards, moderated by the wonderful Katie Quan, Associate Chair of UC Berkeley Labor Center. I must point out that, many years ago, when the film was developing, we conducted a number of interviews with experts, and Katie was kind enough to let me interview her. None of these 20+ interviews (which include Noam Chomksy and Howard Zinn) made it into the film, but the best, including Katie Quan's, will be part of a special DVD extra that we hope to be able to incorporate into a future edition of the DVD...
The audience had tons of intelligent questions about consumer responsibility, a system for "labeling" the production of clothes (similar to the labels in food), the need to "stop fighting" globalization and embrace "global organizing", the successes and challenges facing worker centers in US, Europe and Asia, and the need for an effective and fair immigration reform to help make immigrant workers less vulnerable to exploitation. A precious moment was Lupe's answer to the question: "What would you tell people who are scared of complaining or protesting"? Lupe said: "My mom would say, ‘he who gets angry, loses'. Very often when I get angry, I feel like a ball of fire that is burning me inside. I would tell everyone to take that ball of fire, plan things out, and, calmly, throw it against what makes you miserable. Don't get consumed by that ball of fire. Fire back."
The event was organized by Active Voice and the UC Berkeley Labor Center. It was co-sponsored by KQED with Amnesty International Western Regional Office, Asian Immigrant Women Advocates, Bay Area Immigrant Rights Coalition, Global Exchange, ITVS, Mujeres Unidas y Activas, POV, and Sweatshop Watch. Thank you all for your kindness and your support of this event!
Many of these e-mails that came through our contact page are from organizations that want to use the film as a tool in their work. Within the next week we'll have a brand-new "Get Involved" page, which will include a section just for organizations!
A lot of e-mails have also been coming from individuals. E-mails and postings with praises, questions, and comments on the film. I want to include here just some of this very beautiful and emotional feedback. Thank you all for sharing all your feelings and thoughts with us...!
Thank you for making a difference. –Michael.
"I'm the daughter of immigrants and I have never seen anything like "Made in L.A.". I was moved to tears... I don't know if you will ever know the impact that this movie has had on me and I'm sure on many others. I want to and WILL do all I can to help immigrants in this country. THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU." –Evette Gonzalez
What a wonderful documentary. Congratulations, you show the power of unity, coming together, and organization –Wilson M.
It was amazing.... inspiring, heartbreaking, enlightening... –Carolina
I laughed, I cried, it changed my life -- seriously! Congratulations on a beautiful, powerful picture. –Paige
We were so moved by your film. Your women are amazing--courageous, vulnerable, one moment we're laughing, the next we're in tears. What an important story you've told. In these days of immigrant bashing, your voice and those of your hard-working, oppressed garment workers are very much needed. In these discouraging times, your story resonates with "si se puede." –Christie and Dennis
We've all watched well-meaning docs that drone on until our butts ache. But yours worked! Yea! Casting. Story. Conflict. Meaning. Laughter. Tears. More meaning. You did it. –Deke
"Mi abuela trabajo en lo mismo hace muchos años y pude identificar con ustedes. Admiro mucho su coraje y valor. –Ismael
I went through so many emotions while watching this documentary. It was very overwhelming. It's now the day after for me and I'm still tearing up... I am a divorced woman raising my two children alone. I am first generation born in America. After watching this wonderful film, I am going to start going to different after school programs to teach the children the full knowledge of immigration. I may not be able to change the whole country, but I at least can attempt to change the ignorance. –Marcella
What an amazing, beautiful, moving creation. Thank you, thank you, thank you so much.–Peck
Terrific!! Real, Authentic, Inspiring... I think it really doesn't matter where we're from, I think what really matters is how we make our heart and brain work... –FtPe*
I could not take my eyes off the screen as I felt I was fighting along side the women of the story... Congrats! on having the courage to stand up for your rights! –Stephanfe.
I wept, I was depressed, I was encouraged, I was outraged! But in the end I was left with renewed determination: To continue to never allow anyone to degrade the immigrant population in any way! And to look very closely into who I am buying from, and make sure they are users of fair labor laws! Thank you for making me see, learn, think, and act!! –"kolours"
hi my name is rosa iam 19 yrs old and was born in washington state. i grew up a hard life in poverty and watching that clip made in L.A touched my heart. it brang back alot of memories. i couldnt help but cry and cry. it breaks my heart inside... i want ppl to appericiate what they have and never take things for granted. life will get betterz i know. –Rosa H.