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Made in L.A.: Discussion Guide

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Made in L.A. offers a rare and poignant glimpse into this “other” California, where immigrants in many industries toil long hours for sub-minimum wages, fighting for an opportunity in a new country. As an engagement tool, it offers viewers a powerful springboard for dialogue about the challenges facing low-wage immigrant workers, the great hardships and benefits of organizing, the impact of individual consumer purchasing choices, and the complex effects of public policy related to immigration and labor.

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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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