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Love, Women and Flowers
Colombia, 1988, 58 minutes, Color, DVD, Subtitled
Order No. W99285
At any time of year in the U.S., carnations of every color are plentiful and cheap – but the ready availability of these beautiful flowers comes at a global price. Thousands of miles away from the bright displays in U.S. stores, hazardous labor conditions endanger the 90,000 women who work in Colombia’s flower industry.

According to a 2007 report, approximately 60 percent of all flowers sold in the U.S. come from Colombia, where the use of pesticides and fungicides – some banned in the developed countries that export them – has drastic health and environmental consequences. With urgency and intimacy, this film evokes the testimonies of the women workers and documents their efforts to organize. As women workers continue to struggle in this industry (in 2007 almost 200 workers were fired from the largest flower plantation in Colombia for their attempts to unionize and improve their conditions) this powerful and unique documentary remains an important resource for those interested in globalization, environmentalism, labor issues, social struggles, and Latin American studies.


  • Environmental Film Festival, Best Documentary
  • U.S. Film Festival
  • San Francisco International Film Festival
  • Margaret Mead Film Festival
  • Toronto Festival of Festivals

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    “It’s been a long time since I’ve seen a documentary which has affected me so greatly. I was impressed by the directors’ sensitivity to their subject and deeply moved by the testimonies of the people interviewed. Such a balance of true craft and spirit is rare.”
    Laura Thielen
    Director, San Francisco Film Festival

    “Recommended for its portrayal of an overlooked social injustice, as an early negative example of globalization, and also for its connection to an important Latin American film movement.”
    Educational Media Resources Online

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    Love, Women and Flowers is included in the following Special Collections.
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