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MSMU Hosting Public Screening of ‘Mardi Gras: Made in China’

Feb." 10, 2006 -- The fourth annual Human Rights Film Festival at Mount Saint Mary’s University (MSMU), Los Angeles, continues its advocacy work with a public screening of the documentary film “Mardi Gras: Made in China” at 7 p.m. Feb. 15 in the Chalon Campus Little Theater, 12001 Chalon Road in Brentwood.

The event is free and open to the public. The film festival is organized by the College’s Documentary Film and Social Justice Program. The film will be introduced by Karin Mak of Sweatshop Watch, who will hold a question-and-answer session on stage following the screening. Mak joined Sweatshop Watch in 2003 as its globalization project coordinator.

“Mardi Gras: Made In China” contrasts the decadent, celebratory atmosphere of shiny beads being flung freely about by Mardi Gras festivalgoers in New Orleans with the stringent and grueling conditions under which those beads are manufactured by young women working in factories in China.

The filmmaker follows the stories of four teenage girls workers in the largest Mardi Gras bead factory in the world. The film provides insight into the teenagers’ economic realities, self-sacrifice, and dreams of a better life, and the severe discipline imposed by living and working in a factory compound. For more information on the film, please visit: FilmJournal

A" brief selection of short student films from this semester's Documentary Production 1 class will precede the screening of “Mardi Gras: Made in China at 6:30 p.m.

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