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China Blue

CHINA BLUE

http://www.bullfrogfilms.com/

http://www.teddybearfilms.com/

Directed by Micha Peled
2005, 86. min.

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CHINA BLUE takes us on a poignant journey inside a blue-jeans factory, where the working conditions Jasmine and her teenage friends must endure are harsh beyond imagination. They are also unlawful by international standards, and tensions in the factory are running high. So when the factory owner strikes a deal with a Western client and demands around-the-clock production to meet the deadline, a confrontation becomes inevitable. Shot clandestinely in China, under difficult conditions, this is a deep-access account of what both China and the international retail companies donít want us to see ó how the clothes we buy are actually made.

Screenings  
Online Press Kit (PDF 297K)  
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WINNER

Best Documentary
Mar del plata
film festival

WINNER
DOEN/AMNESTY INT'L AWARD
IDFA 2005
OFFICIAL SELECTION
FuLL FRAME DOC FESTIVAL

OFFICIAL SELECTION

TORONTO INT'L
film festival

OFFICIAL SELECTION
HUMAN RIGHTS

film festival

honorable mention
Vancouver Film festival

 

Recent Screenings

January 18-24, 2007
Salina Art Center - Salina, KS

http://www.salinaartcenter.org

January 19 - February 1, 2007
Roxie Film Center - San Francisco, CA
http://www.roxie.com/

January 19 - 25, 2007
Rafael Film Center - San Rafael, CA
http://www.cafilm.org/

January 26 - February 1, 2007
Anthology Film Archives, New York, NY

http://www.anthologyfilmarchives.org/

Dir. Micha Peled in Person 1/26 & 1/27 7 & 9pm shows

January 26-February 1, 2007
Grand Illusion Cinema - Seattle, WA

http://www.grandillusioncinema.org/

January 26-28, 2007
Bill Cosford Cinema - Miami, FL
http://com.miami.edu/Our_School/Facilities.htm#CosfordCinema

January 26, 2007
Miami Beach Cinematheque - Miami Beach, FL
http://www.mbcinema.com/

January 28, 2007
Cinema Arts Centre - Huntington, NY

http://www.cinemaartscentre.org/

Dir. Micha Peled in person 2pm

February 3, 2007
Hallwalls - Buffalo, NY

http://www.hallwalls.org/

February 1, 2007
Skirball Cultural Center - Los Angeles, CA

http://www.skirball.org/

February 2-8, 2007
Real Art Ways - Hartford, CT

http://www.realartways.org/

February 16, 2007 @ 8:15pm

Museum of Modern Art - New York, NY

http://www.moma.org/

February 17 & 18, 24 & 26, March 3, 4, 2007
Hollywood Theatre - Portland, OR
http://hollywoodtheatre.org/

February 25 & 28, 2007
Cleveland Museum of Art - Cleveland, OH

http://www.clevelandart.org/

March 2-7, 2007
Society for Arts - Chicago, IL
http://www.chicagodocfestival.org/china_blue.htm

Director Micha X. Peled in person March 5

March 8, 10, 14, 15, 17, 24 2007

Museum of Fine Arts - Boston

http://www.mfa.org/

March 15-16, 2007

Wexner Center for the Arts - Columbus, OH

http://www.wexarts.org/

March 24, 2007 8pm

March 25, 2007 5pm

Rio Theatre - Santa Cruz, CA

http://www.riotheatre.com

March 25, 2007 5pm

Capitol Theater - Olympia, WA

http://www.olyfilm.org/

April 6-12, 2007

Mary Riepma Ross Media Arts Center - Lincoln, NE

http://www.theross.org/

April 14-22, 2007

Dietrich Theatre - Tunkhannock, PA

http://www.dietrichtheater.com/

April 20-22, 2007

Pittsburgh Filmmakers - Pittsburgh, PA

http://www.pghfilmmakers.org/

April 23-26, 2007

Guild Cinema - Albuquerque, NM

http://www.guildcinema.com/

July 5 , 2007

Webster University Film Series - St. Louis, MO

http://www.webster.edu/filmseries/index.htm

 

REVIEWS

" a hearbreaking and meticulous documentary about life inside a blue-jeans factory."
THE NEW YORK TIMES

"Eye opening........ Peled was harassed at every turn by Chinese officials, but he managed to get this shocking film made. That's just one reason "China Blue" is worthy of praise."
NEW YORK POST

"What stands out is the filmmaker's remarkable level of access and the complex portrait of globalization as an intractable beast that relies on consumer complicity in viewing foreign laborers as subhuman. Buy American. "
TIME OUT NEW YORK

"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...This is an unforgettable film."
SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE

"The film is a unflinching indictment of globalization and the unfettered consumerism that fuels it. The cheap clothes we wear come at a high price, for real people."
MARIN INDEPENDENT JOURNAL

"No, this isn't softcore for Asiaphiles. Ducking Chinese government watchdogs (who tried to shut him down several times), Bay Area documentarian Micha X. Peled got unprecendented access to a blue jeans factory in the southern garment-manufacturing city Shaxi thanks to its proud owner, who no doubt has come to regret his decision...It's a verite portrait of adolescents who are instantly recognizable, though their sweatshop environs strike us as nearly unendurable."
SAN FRANCISCO BAY GUARDIAN

"Compelling...gives the phrase "sweatshop" a whole different perspective."
MIAMI HERALD

"surprisingly fair-minded....it gives its heart and soul to the girls."
THE NATION

"Heartbreaking yet boldly essential...fairly balanced and richly human."
SEATTLE TIMES

"Commendable in its fair depiction of the problems faced by the textile industry."
SEATTLE PI

"A shocking experience."
THE L MAGAZINE

"Peled’s film is a must-see—if not by the average consumer, then by politicians and U.N. officials."
FILM JOURNAL INTERNATIONAL

"There's a terrible irony, then, to the designer jeans uniformly worn by teenage laborers featured in CHINA BLUE, Micha X. Peled's meticulously livid expose of a sweatshop in Southern China."
SF WEEKLY

"The Best Documentary of Toronto 2005 Micha Peled’s China Blue, a heartbreaking, truly unforgettable cinéma-vérité"
- THE BOSTON PHOENIX

"Pic's degree of access and intimacy is surprising, even more so when closing intertitles reveal Chinese authorities did try to shut down the filmmakers several times.... engaging in character and narrative terms... much of China Blue is charming, because its subjects are... Micha Peled's docu China Blue makes a stronger case against worker exploitation than any news item could..."
- DAILY VARIETY

 

 

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