Tuesday, August 28th at 7:00 pm
Made in L.A. (2007, 70 min), by Almudena Carracedo and Robert Bahar – tells the true story of poor immigrant garment workers in Los Angeles, and their fight for labor rights against retailing giant, Forever 21.
Made in L.A. – follows the remarkable story of three Latina immigrants working in Los Angeles sweatshops as they embark on a three-year odyssey to win basic labor protections from a trendy clothing retailer. In intimate verité style, the Emmy-award winning, “Made in L.A.” reveals the impact of the struggle on each woman’s life as they are gradually transformed by the experience. Compelling, humorous, deeply human, Made in L.A. is a story about immigration, the power of unity and the courage it takes to find your voice.
Afterwards, we will have a Q&A (via Skype) with Joann Lo, who was the lead organizer from the film and the lead organizer of the Boycott Forever 21 Campaign. Joann will discuss the film, organizing for workers rights and the importance of supporting “sweatfree” products and retailers.
*Suggested Donation: $10 to support BloomBars. Free popcorn and refreshments provided.
Speaker’s Bio: Joann Lo is the former lead organizer of the Garment Worker Center in Los Angeles, which led the boycott against Forever 21, and the current Executive Director of the Food Chain Alliance – a coalition of worker-based organizations organizing to improve wages and working conditions for food workers.
BloomScreen Indie Film Night – is a weekly series of independent and foreign films, accompanied by discussions with filmmakers and other experts.
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