Case Studies

Made in L.A. (2007)

The subjects of Made in L.A.

By Almudena Carracedo and Robert Bahar

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The Film

Los Angeles is now the country's center for apparel manufacturing, but many of its factories bear an eerie resemblance to New York's early 20th century sweatshops. Made in L.A. follows the remarkable journey of three Latina immigrants working in L.A.'s garment factories and their struggle for self-empowerment as they wage a three-year battle to bring a major clothing retailer to the negotiating table. This intimate film offers a rare and poignant glimpse into this "other" California, where immigrants in many industries toil long hours for sub-minimum wages, fighting for an opportunity in a new country. Made in L.A. was produced and directed by Almudena Carracedo and Robert Bahar and is a co-production of Semilla Verde Productions Inc., American Documentary Inc. | POV, and the Independent Television Service (ITVS), with funding provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, The Sundance Institute Documentary Fund, Pacific Pioneer Fund, Unitarian Universalist Fund for a Just Society, Diane Middleton Foundation, and the Puffin Foundation Ltd. Made in L.A. is a Diverse Voices Project and was broadcast on PBS' POV series in Spanish and English subtitles on September 4, 2007 as a tie-in to Labor Day.

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Left: MADE IN L.A. by Almudena Carracedo and Robert Bahar (POV 2007)