The filmmakers of Maquilapolis: City of Factories conducted a series of video workshops in Tijuana, during which participating promotoras — factory workers who fight for workers' rights — learned to document their lives and the issues in their community. Maquiladoras do not pay a living wage, and many workers take on additional work in order to make ends meet. Eva earns extra money cooking and selling food to nearby laborers.
Carmen and Lourdes work at maquiladoras in Tijuana, where each day they confront labor violations, environmental devastation and urban chaos. In this lyrical documentary, the women reach beyond the daily struggle for survival to organize for change.
On September 13, 2010, the New York Times Community Affairs department and POV presented a panel discussion on the Pentagon Papers, Daniel Ellsberg, and the Times. The conversation featured Daniel Ellsberg, former New York Times executive editor Max Frankel, New York Times Supreme Court reporter Adam Liptak and New York Times managing editor Jill Abramson.
In this 2010 interview, the Nobel Peace Prize winner talked with the Good Fortune filmmakers about the Green Belt Movement and what makes for effective aid in impoverished areas. Wangari passed away on Sunday at the age of 71.