USA | 2005 | 87mins | Beta | Colour | Subtitled
The working conditions Jasmine and her teenage friends must survive inside a blue-jeans factory 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.
A rebuttal to the idea that Eastern workers are pliant and obedient, we witness an emerging activism and a willingness to speak out against their oppressive forces. Shot clandestinely in China, under difficult conditions, this is a deep-access account of what both China and the international retail companies don’t want us to see - how the clothes we buy are actually made.