Film: "Maquilapolis"

This documentary is a collaboration among filmmakers Sergio de la Torre and Vicky Funari, factory workers, and community organizations that depicts globalization through the eyes of the women who live on the frontlines. It tells the story of Carmen, who works in one of Tijuana’s maquiladoras, the multinationally-owned factories that came to Mexico for its cheap labor. As Carmen and a million other maquiladora workers produce televisions, electrical cables, toys, clothes, batteries, and IV tubes, they weave the very fabric of life for consumer nations. They also confront labor violations, environmental devastation, and urban chaos. In Maquilapolis, Carmen and her colleague Lourdes reach beyond the daily struggle for survival to organize for change. (Vicky Funari and Sergio de la Torre, 2006, 60 minutes.) 

This screening is part of an evening film series, hosted at the museum and inspired by the exhibition Fast Fashion/Slow Art at the Corcoran School of the Arts & Design.