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Launching Made in L.A.'s Education and Organizing Toolkit!

On the anniversary of Made in L.A.'s premiere, we are pleased to present a new, important tool based on Made in L.A.

This 2-DVD Toolkit contains Made in L.A., six new video modules and a comprehensive 100-page discussion guide, all designed to help educators, worker centers, community and faith-based organizations, nonprofits, unions and other organizations serving low-wage, often immigrant, workers in the United States.

This Toolkit is designed for use in classrooms, workshops, trainings, presentations, community meetings, orientations, leadership trainings, conferences and more.

All materials are fully accessible in 12 languages
: English, Spanish, Bengali, Cantonese, French, Hindi, Korean, Mandarin (simplified), Portuguese, Russian, Urdu, and Vietnamese.

For more details and to order visit the the Toolkit Page (Thanks to the generousity of the Ford Foundation, which supported the creation of this toolkit, FREE COPIES are available to Worker Centers in the US!)

Learn more in this video!:


Lanzamos el Kit de Recursos para Educación y Organización de Made in L.A.!

En el anniversario de la premier de Made in L.A., estamos felices de presentar una nueva heramienta basada en Made in L.A.

Este kit de recursos de 2 DVDs contiene Made in L.A., seis nuevos módulos de vídeo, y una guía completa de conversación de 100 páginas, todo ello diseñado para ayudar a centros de trabajadores, organizaciones comunitarias y religiosas, organizaciones sin ánimo de lucro, sindicatos y otras organizaciones que trabajan para trabajadores/as de bajo salario, a menudo inmigrantes.

Este Kit de Recursos ha sido diseñado para su uso en talleres, entrenamientos, presentaciones, reuniones comunitarias, entrenamientos de liderazgo, clases, conferencias y más.

Todos los materiales son accesibles en 12 idiomas
: inglés, español, bengalí, cantonés, coreano, francés, hindi, mandarín simplificado, portugués, ruso, urdu y vietnamita.

Para saber más y aquirirlo visita la página del Kit de Recursos  (Gracias a la generosidad de la Ford Fountation, que apoyá la creación de este kit, las copias son GRATUITAS para Centros de Trabajadores en EEUU!)

NCLR Blogs about Made in L.A.'s digital release

The National Council of La Raza (NCLR) posted this beautiful blog about Made in L.A.'s digital release. Many thanks to NCLR's Patricia Foxen!

NCRL bloguea sobre el estreno digital de Made in L.A.

El Consejo Nacinal de La Raza (NCRL) ha colgado este bonito blog sobre el estreno en digital de Made in L.A. ¡Muchas gracias a Patricia Floxen de NCLR!

Digital Release of Made in L.A.!

Made in L.A. makes its Digital Premiere on September 17, 2013, in celebration of Latino Heritage Month.

WATCH NOW ON: Apple iTunesAmazon Instant Video, Google/YouTube, Microsoft X-Box, Sony Playstation, SundanceNow, Vudu and Vimeo On Demand. [We'll add links as each site goes live.]

We are excited that the digital release will bring Made in L.A. to new and diverse audiences and that it will greatly increase access to the film!

Made in L.A. is making its digital premiere through the Sundance Institute Artist Services program, which provides Institute-supported artists with exclusive opportunities for creative self-distribution, marketing and financing solutions for their work. Check out Sundance's press release and our press release.

Please help us spread the word!

Lanzamiento de Made in L.A. en plataformas digitales!

Made in L.A. se estrena en plataformas digitales el 17 de septiembre de 2013, en honor al Mes the Herencia Latina.

VELO AHORA EN: Apple iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, Google/YouTube, Microsoft X-Box, Sony Playstation, SundanceNow, Vudu y Vimeo On Demand. [Añadiremos enlaces a medida empiecen a funcionar].

¡Estamos muy contentos de que el lanzamiento digital va a llevar Made in L.A. a nuevas y diversas audiencias y que va a aumentar enormemente el acceso a la película!

Made in L.A. tiene su estreno digial gracias al programa de Artists Services del Sundance Institute, que proporciona a artistas apoyados por el Instituto oprtunidades exclusivas para la auto-distribución creativa, y soluciones de marketing y financiamiento para su trabajo. Puedes mirar el comunicado de prensa de Sundance y el nuestro

¡Por favor ayúdanos a pasar la voz! lists Made in L.A. as one of "Ten Documentaries On Champions of Social Justice"

We're thrilled that has listed Made in L.A. as one of "Ten Documentaries On Champions of Social Justice"

The other nine films are extraordinary: Stanley Nelson's Freedom Riders, Jay Rosenstein's The Lord Is Not On Trial Here Today, Steve James and Alex Kotlowitz's The Interrupters, Judith Ehrlich and Rick Goldsmith's The Most Dangerous Man in America, Shola Lynch's Chisholm '72 Unbought and Unbossed, Nancy Kates and Bennett Singer's Brother Outsider, George Stoney, Judith Helfand and Susanne Rostock's The Uprising of '34, Robert Epstein's The Times of Harvey Milk, and Barbara Kopple's Harlan County, USA.

We encourage you to watch the trailers at and to use the films as part of the fight for social justice. 

Made in L.A. to screen all over Ecuador

We're glad to announce that we're collaborating with Ecuador's National Secretary of the Migrant to screen Made in L.A. in their outreach and education work as part of the campaign ‘We are all migrants." The campaign's goal is the respect to migrants' rights, sensitizing communities that produce migrants and the societies they travel to.

Made in L.A. will be presented in community centers and schools throughout Ecuador, accompanied by forums around the subject. It will also travel in a "mobile cinema truck" along with plays, fotography and music, which will reach hundreds of Ecuadorian communities, including very vulnerable populations.


Made in L.A. se proyectará por todo Ecuador

Nos alegra anunciar que estamos colaborando con la Secretaría Nacional del Migrante de Ecuador para usar Made in L.A. en su trabajo de difusión y educación como parte de su campaña "Todos Somos Migrantes". Esta campaña busca el respeto a los derechos de las personas migrantes y trabaja en un proceso de sensibilización tanto en las comunidades expulsoras de migrantes como en las sociedades de destino.

Made in L.A. será presentada en salas comunales, escuelas y colegios, donde irán acompañados de reflexiones y foros sobre el tema de la Movilidad Humana. Además la película recorrerá las ciudades del Ecuador en un carro escenario, junto con obras de teatro, fotografía, música y cine, llegando a lugares con población muy vulnerable.

MASS MoCA's "The Workers" to feature Made in L.A.

We're thrilled to announce that Made in L.A. will be featured in MASS MoCA's upcoming exhibition "The Workers". The exhibition, which runs from May 29, 2011-April 14 2012, explores what work "is like today in a global economy marked by outsourcing, rapid migration, disruptive economies, and a state of labor that seems fractured, precarious, and almost invisible..." The exhibition includes video, sculpture, photography, and performance art and we're pleased to be in the company of fellow filmmakers Vicky Funari and Sergio de la Torre whose wonderful film Maquilapolis will also be screened.

Made in L.A. screened at MASS MoCA once before, as part of Working Films' "Content + Intent" Documentary Institute. We're thrilled to be back, and we agree with the curators that hosting this exhibit at MASS MoCA could not be more fitting: "Once the site of a bustling factory itself -- whose closure in the face of intense international competition left nearly a third of its community out of work -- MASS MoCA is perhaps uniquely positioned to present this timely show. The history of North Adams' workers mirrors that of many in the United States and abroad today who have lost a way of life to the perennial hunt for cheaper labor, even while the low-wage workers who replaced them have just begun to organize for more rights and better working conditions..."

Visit MASS MoCA's website for all the details. Special thanks to the co-curators of the exhibition, artist Carla Herrera-Prats and MASS MoCA curator Susan Cross!

The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire: 100 Years Later

Today we commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire and mourn its 146 victims, who perished when they couldn't escape a fire in their factory because exit doors were locked. The tragic event in Lower Manhattan focused the nation's attention on the conditions faced by immigrant garment workers and galvanized efforts for reform. Tragically, dangerous sweatshop conditions continue to exist today, both in the United States (as seen in Made in L.A.) and overseas, and immigrant workers remain particularly vulnerable.

We invite you to explore a number of sites that commemorate the fire and explore its impact on the country and the labor movement:

Remember the Triangle Fire Coalition
Sweatfree Communities: Remembering the Triangle
AFL-CIO: The Triangle Fire: Still Burning Before Our Nation
SEIU: 100 Year Commemoration of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory
The Nation: Remembering the Triangle Fire
Democracy Now! 100th Anniversary of the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire

Made in L.A. 9/26 PBS "Global Voices" Broadcast to have 340 airdates

We're thrilled to announce that the Made in L.A. re-broadcast on Sunday, 9/26 on PBS' Global Voices series will be shown more than 340 times on 97 channels!

The easiest way to check local listings for your PBS station is to download the state-by-state chart. You can also check local listings by entering your zipcode on the PBS website: just visit the PBS Global Voices page for Made in L.A. and click "Check Local Listings".

We hope you enjoy the broadcast and encourage you to share this information with friends, family and colleagues using the "e-mail" and "share" links below!


Made in L.A. 9/26/10 re-broadcast on ITVS/PBS "Global Voices" Series

We're thrilled to announce that Made in L.A. will be re-broadcast on Sunday, September 26, 2010 at 10pm on PBS' Global Voices series, which is presented by ITVS. At a time when immigration and low wage work continue to dominate the news, we're excited that Made in L.A. will again be available to viewers across the country, and especially that it will air during Latino Heritage Month.

Made in L.A.
will air on PBS WORLD, which is a digital channel that many public television stations offer. For more information about the broadcast and to check local listings, visit the PBS Global Voices page for Made in L.A.

Made in LA featured in Sojourners "Movie Night for Arizona"

We're thrilled that Made in L.A. is featured as one of four films that Sojourners is highlighting as part of its "Movie Night for Arizona" initiative, which encourages members to use film to explore the relationship between faith and immigration. In their "REEL Images of Immigration" toolkit they explain:

We invite you to be a part of educating Christians about the realities of the immigrant experience in our country and about our biblical mandate to treat them justly...

...Immigration and migration issues have affected societies throughout history. Through several modern films, we have the opportunity to examine different situations immigrants and their families face in our current day and age. Hosting a discussion after the film, which allows people to process, share, and act on what they saw, is a great way to educate yourself and your community about the need for immigration reform...

The other films included in the initiative are Dying to Live, The Visitor and Farmingville, all of which shed light on different aspects of the immigrant experience in the United States. We encourage you to visit the Movie Guide at, and to consider screening Made in L.A. or one of the other great films in this initiative!

Immigrants rights at stake in Arizona

We wanted to reach out to our community to express our support for immigrants rights in Arizona, and our shock about the anti-immigrant bill – Senate Bill 1070 – that has just passed.

Many of you have hosted screenings of Made in L.A. in support of immigrants rights and immigration reform, and we wanted to take this opportunity to share links from several organizations that we have partnered with over the last few years:

AFSC: Arizona Immigration Law Immoral

America's Voice: ‘Qué Pasa' in Immigration: SB 1070 Passed; Boycott Arizona; Window for CIR

Breakthrough: Arizona's SB1070 Cannot Answer What An Undocumented Immigrant Looks Like

Center for Community Change: Arizona's Terror Era


NNIRR Action Alert: We Are All Arizona

Sojourners: Lamentations and Turning the Next Page in Arizona's Immigration Struggle and Jim Wallis' column Arizona's Immigration Bill is a Social and Racial Sin

Many of these organizations have "Take Acton" links following their postings and we encourage you to do so!

Made in L.A. broadcast in Spain!

We're excited to announce that Made in L.A. will be broadcast in Spain in TVE (national Spanish television) on December 15, 2009, 10pm, in the prestigious program Documentos TV.

We have created a special page (in Spanish) with information and links for the broadcast and distribution in Spain. Click here to learn more!

Emisión en TVE el 15 de diciembre de 2009!

¡Estamos súper contentos de anunciar la emisión de Made in L.A. en TVE! Made in L.A. se emitirá en la 2 de TVE el 15 de diciembre de 2009, a las 22h, en el programa Documentos TV el 15 de diciembre de 2009.

Hemos creado una página especial en castellano con información y enlaces de cara a la emisión y distribución de Made in L.A. en España... ¡pincha aquí para saber más!

Y, si estás en Madrid, no te pierdas la Mesa Redonda que se celebrará justo el día antes, el 14 de Diciembre, para presentar Made in L.A.! Organizada por la Campaña Ropa Limpia-SETEM, la Mesa redonda contará con la presencia de la directora Almudena Carracedo, la jefa de internacional en la revista YO DONA, y miembros de La Asociación Sin Papeles de Madrid, Territorio Doméstico y SETEM.

Cuándo: Lunes 14 de diciembre a las 17:30 h. Museo del Traje de Madrid, Avenida de Juan de Herrera, 2 Madrid (Metro Ciudad Universitaria o Moncloa; antiguo Museo de Arte Contemporáneo).

Bájate el comunicado de prensa de la Mesa Redonda o la invitación electrónica!

Breakthrough's Restore Fairness campaign

We wanted to highlight Breakthrough's "Restore Fairness" campaign, which is using video and multi-media tools to draw attention to the lack of due process in the immigration detention system. Their work is very important and is closely related to the work that we've been doing to use Made in L.A. to tell the human stories of immigrant workers and to build support for immigration reform. Here's a video about their campaign:

Restore Fairness: bring back due process to the immigration system from Breakthrough on Vimeo.

As we started to explore the "Restore Fairness" site, we were moved to tears by Juana Villegas' story, and by everything it reveals about due process, the flawed 287g program that empowers local law enforcement to enforce immigration laws, and the issues women face on a daily basis. We hope you'll take a moment to watch this video and to explore Breakthrough's call to action below:

Juana Villegas: A Pregnant Woman Detained from Breakthrough on Vimeo.

More information and additional media is available at Here is Breakthrough's call to action:

Since the Declaration of Independence, America has striven to uphold human rights ideals like fairness and due process. However, in the aftermath of 9-11, the government often arrests people without warrants, holds them in inhumane detention conditions, and deports them without a fair trial.

Join us by taking action now. Because when we let the government deny due process and human rights for some people, we put all of our freedoms at risk.

1. Watch "Restore Fairness".
2. Tell Congress to restore fairness right now.
3. Sign up for updates so you can continue to take actions that support fair immigration.
4. Become an ally by signing the pledge and get featured on the home page.
5. Spread the word by announcing "Restore Fairness" to friends, on your website/blog, twitter, facebook and email signature. (Watch a powerful video #Restore Fairness and take action to fix a broken immigration system).
6. Leave your comments on the video and blog.

Together, we can stop the erosion of our fundamental human rights!

Lupe and Joann in Vancouver, Canada

Last month Lupe and Joann (stars in Made in L.A.!) went to Vancouver for two Made in L.A. screenings at the University of British Columbia (UBC), organized by Sociology Professor Jennifer Chun. I met Jennifer last March at a Ford Foundation-sponsored conference on Low-Wage Work, Migration and Gender in Chicago, where we screened Made in L.A. Jennifer decided the Vancouver community needed to see the film and she single handedly fundraised and organized to bring Lupe, Joann and me to Canada. At the last minute I wasn't able to go, but Joann wrote a few words to share with the Made in L.A. community:

Jennifer Chun, Joann, Joann's son Dylan and Lupe at one of the presentations
"The first day's screening was at the Museum of Anthropology at UBC, which houses amazing art, sculptures, and other artifacts of the native peoples of British Columbia. The audience definitely liked "Made in L.A." and had good questions about the industry, organizing, and race relations. The second day's screening was in a theater at Simon Fraser University, and since this day's event was publicized to the community, the room was packed! People had to sit in the aisles. And they loved "Made in L.A." They gave it a standing ovation at the end.

We also learned a little bit about Vancouver during the Q&A and from Jennifer. There are still sweatshops -little factories and home work-in Vancouver. Vancouver is about 40% immigrant (if I remember what Jennifer told me correctly)--from China, Japan, Korea, the Philippines, and now more from Mexico and other parts of Latin America, the Middle East, and other areas of the world. Groups are organizing in immigrant communities, such as Justicia for Immigrants and another center for education.

We had a great time in Vancouver. I took my 14-month-old son Dylan along. Jennifer was really gracious and took us around the city, including a stop at Cafe Rhizome where we had delicious food and dessert. One of the owners of the cafe was a long-time organizer with Mujeres Unidas y Activas in San Francisco. Thank you to Jennifer and to all the organizations that co-sponsored the screenings!"

This event was sponsored by: UBC Department of Sociology, UBC Initiative for Student Teaching and Research in Chinese Canadian studies (INSTRCC), St. John's College, UBC Centre for Women's and Gender Studies, SFU Latin American Studies Program, SFU Department of Geography, Hospital Employees' Union (HEU), Vancouver District Labour Council, Pacific Northwest Labour History Association, Canadian Union of Postal Workers, UBC School and Regional Planning Program (SCARP), UBC Department of Anthropology, UBC Centre for CrossFaculty Inquiry in Education (CCFI), UBC Law and Society Program, SFU Women's Studies Department, UBC Department of Geography, Justicia for Migrant Workers, No One is IllegalVancouver, Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA), Coalition of Progressive Electors (COPE).

Latino/a Heritage Month - St Louis, MO

In October we headed to St Louis, MO, for a few events organized by the Missouri Immigrant and Refugee Advocates (MIRA) and the St Louis Interfaith Committee on Latin America (IFCLA) including a fundraiser for both groups that was held at Bethel Lutheran Church. Gilbert Bailon, the Editorial Page Editor at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch provided opening remarks and the spirited post-screening discussion was moderated by Rebecca Rivas of The St. Louis American.

The following day, Professor Joel Jennings hosted a Community Screening of Made in L.A. at St. Louis University in an event that was supported by the US Census. The auditorium was packed with students, and we had a vibrant Q & A.

On the third day, we had a great screening at UMSL, where Robert's sister Sonya is a professor and directs the Center for Neurodynamics. The event was organized by Deborah Cohen, from the Department of History and the Institute for Women's and Gender Studies.

Mundo Latino wrote a beautiful review of the film (in Spanish)!



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