Made In Thailand

A film by Eve-Laure Moros, Linzy Emery

1999 | 30 minutes | Color | DVD | Order No. 00654

SYNOPSIS

In Thailand, women make up 90 percent of the labor force responsible for garments and toys for export by multinational corporations. This powerful, revealing documentary about women factory workers and their struggle to organize unions exposes the human cost behind the production of everyday items that reach our shores. Probing the profound impact of the New World Order on the populations that provide the global economy with cheap labor, MADE IN THAILAND also profiles women newly empowered by their campaign for human and worker's rights. Several of these women are survivors of the 1993 Kader Toy Factory fire, one of the worst industrial fires in history. Today they are highly effective leaders in the grass-roots movement mobilizing workers in their recently industrialized country.

PRESS

"...An eye-opener…showing us striking images of Thai women factory workers that totally contradict prevailing stereotypes and present instead a picture of strong, courageous defenders of human rights."

Michael Feinberg Greater New York Labor-Religion Coalition

“For the past year, we have been on the lookout for materials that we can use to educate young people about economic issues--in particular, the consequences of 'globalization'. ' Made in Thailand', we believe, will be a useful tool in educating young people about such critical economic issues as child labor, sweatshops, and corporate responsibility."

Laura McClure Educators for Social Responsibility

"An excellent portrayal of the lives of working women in Thailand...[it] will galvanize girls...to do something about the issue of sweatshop labor."

Cydney Pullman Institute for Labor & the Community

SCREENING HIGHLIGHTS AND AWARDS

  • San Francisco Asian American Film Festival
  • San Francisco Laborfest
  • St. Johns' International Women's Film and Video Festival
  • LaborMedia 99, Korea

ABOUT FILMMAKER(S)

Eve-Laure Moros

Eve-Laure Moros Ortega, Series Producer of the Art:21-Art in the Twenty-First Century television series, has worked in film and television for more than 15 years on documentaries and independent feature films. Prior to her work on Art in the Twenty-First Century she worked on projects with Oscar-winning directors Deborah Dickson and Bill Fertik , MacArthur Fellow Yvonne Rainer, Amir Naderi, and Curious Pictures, among others. Moros Ortega holds a B.A. in Political Science and Art History from Barnard College, where she was awarded honors for her work on postmodern art, and an M.A. in Cinema Studies from New York University. She has been a panelist for NYSCA, and is also the Producer/Director of Made in Thailand, a documentary about women factory workers in Thailand who are struggling to form labor unions. Made in Thailand, funded by the Soros Open Society Institute, the Jerome Foundation, and others, was nominated by the International Documentary Association as best documentary short, and is currently distributed by Women Make Movies, as well as through a grassroots outreach campaign funded by the Paul Robeson Fund. Moros is currently the Managing Director at Art21 at PBS. (7/12)

Linzy Emery

Elizabeth Emery worked for years with poor rural communities in Thailand and Vietnam and with Thai and Laotian immigrants in California, before becoming a filmmaker. While receiving her degree in Asian Studies at the University of California, Berkeley, Emery worked as a Field Researcher for the Thailand Development Research Institute. Upon her return to San Francisco, she was a Multilingual Advocate for Thai and Laotian immigrant women at the Asian Women’s Shelter. She went on to become a Research Associate at the Energy and Resources Group at Berkeley before becoming involved with documentary filmmaking as a Researcher for San Francisco’s Independent Documentary Group. She returned to Southeast Asia to work in Vietnam as a Field Research Consultant for CARE’s social forestry program in Ha Bac province and as a Project Coordinator for Manna Consultants where she established relationships with NGOs, artists and business associates and coordinated meetings between these groups regarding Vietnam’s national development plans.

Emery began to combine her work with the Southeast Asian community and documentary filmmaking while working as a Field Consultant for the Plant Thailand Project, where she carried out interviews, interpreted and served as a Coordinator for a team of forestry experts assessing local living conditios for a reforestation and documentary film project. Her work in film continued in New York, where she worked as an Associate Producer and Assistant Editor on Letter to My Father, Director/Cinematographer Ellen Kuras’ documentary about a young Laotian refugee. Emery also worked as the Assistant to the Director on the feature film I Shot Andy Warhol. Emery has also worked in television as Production Coordinator on Ushuaia, an international travel-oriented television series, Associate Producer on ESPU, a series focusing on the Endangered Species Protection Unit in South Africa, and Line Producer on Living with Cancer, a documentary series for the American Health Network. She currently works at the American Museum of Natural History. (09/09)

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