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Maquilapolis (City of Factories)

Explores the environmental devastation and urban chaos of Tijuana's assembly factories and the female laborers who have organized themselves for social action. Carmen earns six dollars a day but she is not a victim. She is a dynamic young woman, busy making a life for herself and her children. In "Maquilapolis," Carmen and her friend Lourdes confront labor violations, environmental devastation and urban chaos, reaching beyond their daily struggle for survival to organize for change, taking on both the Mexican and U.S. governments and a major television manufacturer. The women also use video cameras to document their lives, their city and their hopes for the future. Produced and directed by Vicky Funari, Sergio De La Torre. 2006. 68 min.

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Awards
American Library Association Video Round Table Notable Videos for Adults

Reviews and articles:
Fregoso, Rosa-Linda. "Maquilapolis: An Interview with Vicky Funari and Sergio de la Torre." Camera Obscura 25(2 74): 173-181 (2010) Full-text of this article / review is available: UC Berkeley users only
Sorrensen, Cynthia. "Maquilapolis/Bolivia." Journal of Latin American Geography, 2009, Vol. 8 Issue 2, p225-229, 5p Full-text of this article / review is available: UC Berkeley users only

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