Congratulations to the filmmakers of Made in L.A., who won an Emmy Award at the 29th Annual News and Documentary Emmy Awards Monday night! Made in L.A. had its national broadcast premiere during POV’s 20th anniversary season in 2007. Director/producer Almudena Carracedo and producer Robert Bahar accepted the award (in the category of Outstanding Continuing Coverage of a News Story — Long Form) during a ceremony at Frederick P. Rose Hall in New York.
Made in L.A. received support through POV’s Diverse Voices Project, a co-production initiative supported by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting that mentors emerging filmmakers and brings greater diversity to the national PBS schedule. This Emmy award comes as POV prepares to open the Call for Entries in the next edition of DVP. “CPB’s support has been critical in bringing Made in L.A. to a national audience,” says Cynthia Lopez, POV’s vice president. “This award validates the investment in new filmmaking talent.” For more information about DVP, sign up for our newsletter. Stay informed and receive information about how to submit your project — first-time filmmakers, you could be holding an Emmy of your own!
“This film started as a small, grassroots project to tell the story of three brave Latina immigrants and their struggle for their rights and their personal dignity,” said Carracedo. “We are thrilled that POV and PBS were able to bring the film to such a wide audience, and hope that this award will help put a human face on the issues of immigration, low wage work and the everyday struggles of immigrant workers and that it will engage communities in essential dialogue around these issues.”
Five years in the making, Made in L.A. is Carracedo’s first feature documentary. The 70-minute film follows the remarkable story of three Latina immigrants working in Los Angeles garment sweatshops as they embark on a three-year odyssey to win basic labor protections from a trendy clothing retailer. In intimate observational style, Made in L.A. reveals the impact of the struggle on each woman’s life. Compelling, humorous and deeply human, it is a story about immigration, the power of unity and the courage it takes to find your voice.