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Film Showing on Tijuana workers struggle "Maquilapolis"
Date Saturday August 07
Time 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Location Details
ATA, 992 Valencia St. at 21st St.
Event Type Screening
Organizer/AuthorANSWER Coalition
Emailanswer [at] answersf.org
Phone415-821-6545
AddressANSWER Office: 2489 Mission St. #24
Maquilapolis (City of Factories)
Documenting the struggle of women workers in Tijuana.

“Many consider the U.S.-Mexico border to be ‘the laboratory of the future.’ In Maquilapolis the border is also the site where global capitalism is facing profound resistance. The maquiladora workers are neither helpless victims nor dupes of neo-liberal capitalism, but rather social actors in the full sense of the word”—Rosa-Linda Fregoso, UCSC

Carmen Durán works the graveyard shift at one of Tijuana’s 800 maquiladoras; she is one of millions of women around the world who labor for poverty level wages in the factories of transnational corporations. When the plant where Carmen worked for six years moved to Indonesia, they try to avoid paying the legally mandated severance pay to which they were entitled by law. Carmen becomes a promotora, a grassroots activist, challenging the usual illegal tactics of the powerful transnationals.

The filmmakers gave several women workers in Tijuana video cameras to make a record of their struggles, giving the film the intimate feel of video diaries. 68min., 2006

$6 admission for each screening
Light refreshments. Wheelchair accessible.
Added to the calendar on Tuesday Jul 13th, 2010 5:29 PM

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