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Made in L.A.

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Encore Broadcast Date: August 11, 2009

PBS Premiere: September 4, 2007


Follow 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. A co-production with the Independent Television Service (ITVS). A Diverse Voices Project co-production. A co-presentation with Latino Public Broadcasting.

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TAGS: american history, labor, protest, women

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Film Information

Made in L.A. (90 min.)

Premiere Date: September 4, 2007

Encore Broadcast Date: Aug. 11, 2009

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Trailer: Link | Embed

Filmmakers: Almudena Carracedo, Robert Bahar Bio | Interview | Statement

Press: Fact Sheet | Critical Acclaim | Emmy Win | Press Release | Press Release (en Español)


Almudena Carracedo
Almudena Carracedo
Robert Bahar
Robert Bahar

Made in L.A. is an intimate portrait of an all-American experience: the struggle of recent immigrants to get a foothold, to assert their voices, to say, 'I exist. And I have rights.'”

— Almudena Carracedo, Filmmaker


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Critical Acclaim

Congress may not be able to decide how to process the nation’s illegal immigrants, but [Made in L.A.] understands that they’re simply here, an integral component of the economy... [T]he documentary is about basic human dignity.”

— Andy Webster
The New York Times

Shot and directed with a sympathetic ear and eye ... it is a valuable and moving film — and entertaining as well ... And that the lives it explores are not the sort that get much of a shake on television makes it all the more precious.”

— Robert Lloyd
The Los Angeles Times

Almudena Carracedo’s debut doc relates a rousing story of solidarity, perseverance and triumph... Deftly interweaving legal battles, national boycotts, group dynamics and individual empowerment, pic offers a personalized history lesson in class struggle.”

— Ronnie Scheib

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