China Blue

  • United States
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Shot clandestinely in China, under difficult conditions, this is a deep-access account of what both China and the international retail companies don’t want us to see – how the clothes we buy are actually made.

China Blue takes us inside a blue-jeans factory, where two teenage girls, Jasmine and Orchid, are trying to survive the harsh working environment. Their lives intersect that of the film's other protagonist and factory owner, Mr. Lam. Providing perspectives from both the top and bottom levels of the factory’s hierarchy, this film brings complex issues of globalization to the human level.

Like millions before her, Jasmine leaves her home village for a far-away factory job. Her initial excitement to be able to help her family quickly melts away as she is overwhelmed by the long work hours and the delays in pay. Her only solace is the strong friendships she forms with her co-workers.

To get new orders from Western buyers, Lam must agree to extremely low prices and a very tight delivery schedule. For the deal to work, he cuts the workers' pay and requires Jasmine and her friends to work around the clock. Anxious to avoid getting fined for falling asleep on the job, workers resort to keeping their eyes open by clipping clothespins on their eyelids. When the workers’ endurance reaches a breaking point, their only recourse may be a strike, which is illegal in China.

China Blue paints a nuanced, tender and ultimately moving portrait of the daily lives of the young workers who make our clothes. It also brings an updated and alarming report on the economic pressures applied by Western companies and their human consequences.

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  • Original title
    China Blue
  • Direction
  • DOP
    Micha X. Peled
  • Editing
    Manuel A. Tsingaris, Micha X. Peled
  • Music
    Miriam Cutler
  • Sound
    Song Chen
  • Duration
    88 min (46-90 min.)
  • Country
    • United States
  • Colour
    • Colour
  • Production
      • Micha X. Peled
      • United States
      • Song Chen
      • United States
  • Festivals
    • Festivals & Awards
    • Won DOEN/Amnesty International Human Rights Award
    • Won Best Documentary Award
    • Received Honorable Mention
    • Received Honorable Mention
    • Opening Night Film
    • 2007 Toronto International Film Festival, Canada
    • 2007 International Documentary Festival Amsterdam, Netherlands
    • 2008 Mar del Plata International Independent Film Festival, Argentina
    • 2008 Vancouver International Film Festival, Canada
    • 2008 Vermont International Film Festival, USA
    • 2008 Hawaii International Film Festival, USA
    • 2008 Seoul Human Rights Film Festival, South Korea
    • 2008 Hong Kong International Film Festival
    • 2008 Thessaloniki International Film Festival, Greece
    • 2008 San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival, USA
    • 2008 Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, USA
    • 2008 Toronto Sprockets Children Film Festival, Canada
    • 2008 It's all True International Documentary Film Festival, Brazil
    • 2008 Bermuda International Film Festival
    • 2008 Zagrebdox International Documentary Film Festival, Croatia
    • 2008 One World International Film Festival, Czech Republic
    • 2008 Calgary Imagin Asian Film Festiva
    • 2008 Ecuador International Documentary Film Festival
    • 2008 Warsaw Planete Doc Review, Poland
    • 2008 Crakow International Film Festival, Poland
    • 2008 Jerusalem International Film Festival, Israel
    • 2008 New Zealand Film Festival
    • 2008 Dallas Video Festival, USA
    • 2008 Mill Valley Film Festival, USA
    • 2008 Three Continental Film festival, South Africa
    • 2008 Cork International Film Festival, Ireland
    • 2008 Nazareth International Film Festival, Israel
    • 2008 Rocky Mountain Women's Film Festival, USA
    • 2008 DocsLisboa, Portugal
    • 2008 Tempo Documentary Film Festival, Sweden
    • 2008 CPH:dox, Denmark
    • 2008 Margaret Mead Film Festival, USA
    • 2008 Beirut Docudays, Lebanon is powered by Doc Alliance, a creative partnership of 7 key European documentary film festivals. Our aim is to advance the documentary genre, support its diversity and promote quality creative documentary films.

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