Maquilapolis: City of Factories + A Killer Bargain

Directed by: Various


RECOMMENDED! - Ray Pride, Newcity Chicago

Two recent documentaries expose how multinational corporations exploit the labor pools in their host countries, ruin local economies, and wreak havoc on the environment. In Maquilapolis, directors Vicky Funari and Sergio De La Torre profile several women factory workers in Tijuana, Mexico who stand up to their employers for severance pay after the factory skips town. In A Killer Bargain, Danish director Tom Heinemann exacts Michael Moore-style truth telling from several multinational corporations who may or may not be aware that they’ve contracted with unscrupulous subsidiaries in India. There, textile workers are exposed to cancerous pesticides, stand in vats of chlorine, and endure waste flushed into their rivers in the name of cheap hand towels sold in Europe and the Americas.

Maquilapolis: City of Factories (2006, 68 min., video, US/Mexico, in Spanish with English subtitles)
A Killer Bargain (2006, 57 min., video, English, Danish, and Hindi with English subtitles)

Read Ray Pride's review of Maquilapolis in Newcity here.

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