MAQUILAPOLIS (city of factories)

Critic's Pick Release Date: 2011-02-09

While focusing on Tijuana’s multinationally owned factories, their futures, and the ways in which they operate, Vicky Funari’s and Sergio De La Torre’s Sundance Institute-supported documentary MAQUILAPOLIS (city of factories) presents a personalized account of globalization “through the eyes of the women who live on its leading edge.” In the film, Carmen, who earns $6 daily making television parts on a graveyard shift, and Lourdes, a colleague who’s on a mission to persuade the government to clean up a toxic waste dump left behind by a departed factory, are symbols of hope and change in an industry scandalized by labor violations and environmental damage. Rather than following the outsider-shoots-socially-conscious-documentary format, MAQUILAPOLIS is a collaborative effort, seeing its subjects as crew members — planning, filming, and doing outreach for a project that “merges artmaking with community development.” Free, 7pm, SAY Sí Central, 1518 S Alamo, (210) 212-8666, saysi.org. Co-presented by SAY Sí and Gemini Ink.

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