Starting Date: 03-24-2006
Ending Date: 03-30-2006
Cinema Village, 22 East 12th Street
By Subway Take N, R, 4, 5, 6, Or L Trains To 14th
New York, New York 10003
212-924-3363Since its Sundance Film Festival 2005 premiere, Mardi Gras: Made In China has been busy circling the globe screening in festivals, college halls, libraries and basements. It is now prepared to make its New York theatrical debut on Monday, March 24th at Cinema Village, located at 22 East 12th Street. It will run for one week.
We have independently produced and promoted this film and it has sparked interest, conversation and organizing among activists nation wide. We would like for your organization's members to be aware of its New York screening and would appreciate your sharing information about the film with your members or with others you believe would be interested.
While following the lifecycle of Mardi Gras beads from the hands of workers in Fuzhou, China's bead factory to the plunging necklines of New Orleans' Mardi Gras revelers, Mardi Gras: Made in China confronts both cultural and economic globalism by humanizing the commodity chain from China to the United States. Director David Redmon interweaves factory life with Mardi Gras festivities, and the film opens the blind eye of consumerism by visually introducing workers and festival-goers to each other. A dialogue results when bead-wearing partiers are shown images of the teenage Chinese workers and asked if they know the origin of their beads, while the factory girls view pictures of Americans exchanging beads, soliciting more beads, and decadently celebrating. The conversation reveals the glaring truth about the real benefactors of the Chinese workers' hard labor and exposes the extreme contrast between women's lives and liberty in both cultures.
Cinema Village offers group ticket rates. Tickets are available for $5.50 each with 12 or more ticket purchases. More information on how this can allow for your group members to see this film can be found at www.cinemavillage.com or by calling (212) 924-3363.
Again, we would love continue the dialogue with you about the relation between the issues addressed in this film to the issues for which you tirelessly advocate. Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to email me or explore www.mardigrasmadeinchina.com. I look forward to speaking with you and seeing you at the screenings.
Film Festivals and Awards
- Official Selection - Sundance Film Festival
- IDFA - Amsterdam
- Human Rights Watch International Film Festival
- Amnesty International Film Festival
- One World International Film Festival
- Portland Film Festival
- Philadelphia Film Festival
- Atlanta Film Festival
- Palm Beach Film Festival
- Newport Beach Film Festival
- True/False Film Festival
- Nashville Film Festival
- Big Sky Film Festival
and over 70 other film festivals.
Received Best Documentary Awards at the following:
- Florida Film Festival
- Camden International Film Festival (Maine)
- New Orleans Human Rights Film Festival
- Magnolia Film Festival (Mississippi)
- Garden State Film Festival
- Mass Bay Film Festival
- Belgrade International Film Festival
Best Global Consciousness Film
- Telluride Film Festival
Human Rights Award
- RiverRun Film Festival
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