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Carracedo and Bahar hope that their documentary film gives viewers the chance to experience the lives of garment workers and to better understand what they face in the sweatshops of L.A.


Three Latina immigrants working in Los Angeles sweatshops embark on a three-year odyssey to win basic labor protections from a trendy clothing retailer.

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Lupe visits the Museum of Immigration on Ellis Island and learns about the history of immigration and sweatshops in America.

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Workers who make clothes for Forever 21 talk about the sub-minimum wage pay and the poor working conditions.

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Garment workers announce a lawsuit against a clothing retailer, demanding unpaid minimum wages.

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An organizer builds a "Pyramid of Power" to illustrate how workers can gain power by being united.

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A Mexican immigrant and garment worker talks about the working conditions in the garment factory.

  • Updated on April 17, 2014

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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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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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