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Made in LASpread the Word

Made in L.A. ("Hecho en Los Ángeles"), película ganadora de un Premio Emmy, documenta la extraordinaria historia de tres inmigrantes Latinas, costureras en talleres de explotación en Los Ángeles, que se embarcan en una odisea de tres años para conseguir protecciones laborales básicas de una famosa tienda de ropa. Con un estilo de cine directo e intimista, Made in L.A. revela el impacto de esta lucha en la vida de las tres mujeres, a medida que la experiencia las transforma. Conmovedora, simpática y profundamente humana, Made in L.A. es una historia sobre la inmigración, el poder de la unidad, y el valor que se necesita para encontrar tu propia voz.

VELO AHORA EN: Vimeo On Demand, Apple iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, Microsoft X-Box, y SundanceNow. Vimeo incluye un extra: "Conversación con los cineastas y Lupe, una de las protagonistas! (Para DVDs y usos educativos pincha aquí)

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!) 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. screens in Capitol Hill to put a human face on immigration

Frank Sharry, America's Voice; Congresman Luis Gutierrez; filmmaker Almudena Carracedo; Congreswoman Diane Watson, filmmaker Robert Bahar; and Bill Mefford, United Methodist Church/ Interfaith Immigration Coalition
We just went to Washington DC last week for a screening of Made in L.A. on Capitol Hill. For the last year and a half, since we had our broadcast premiere at PBS's POV series POV the day after Labor Day 2007, we have been traveling with Made in L.A. in order to put a human face on the many issues that intersect in the film: immigration and immigrant workers, labor rights, "sweatfree" organizing and women's empowerment. In recent months, as immigration reform has returned to the national dialogue, we have put special emphasis on providing Made in L.A. as a tool to humanize immigrants' stories. This Congressional screening was part of this effort -in the midst of the Hispanic Congressional Caucus's Historic Family Unity listening tour, congressional leaders and community leaders came together to discuss the current state of the immigration debate and groundbreaking grassroots work happening across the country.

Sally Jo Fifer, ITVS; filmmaker Almudena Carracedo; Congresmember Diane Watson; filmmaker Robert Bahar; and Simon Kilmurry, American Documentary | POV.
This event included comments and conversation with Congresswoman Diane Watson, Congressman Luis Gutierrez, Chair of the Hispanic Congressional Caucus' Immigration Taskforce, Frank Sharry, Founder and Executive Director of America's Voice, Bill Mefford, Director of Civil and Human Rights for the United Methodist Church and a leader of the Interfaith Immigration Coalition, and Angela Kelley, Director of the Immigration Policy Center at the American Immigration Law Foundation, with brief opening remarks presented by Ted A. Garcia, Senior Vice President, Television Content, Corporation For Public Broadcasting, and Sally Jo Fifer, President and CEO of ITVS. Simon Kilmurry, Executive Director of American Documentary, Inc. | P.O.V., was also in attendance.

Congreswoman Diane Watson applauds Made in L.A. during her opening remarks.

It was quite impressive to be there and to listen to the comments of these community leaders and congress members. Congresswoman Diane Watson opened the event, which was sponsored by the Congressional Entertainment Industries Caucus, which she chairs: "As we watch Made in L.A., I'd like you to take in the journey that these courageous women made staring directly into the face of adversity and remember one word: perseverance... You'll see that Lupe and Maura and Maria could have been any of us if born under different circumstances. And who among us would not fight for a better life, and a safe life, and fair working conditions for their family, our children and our community? These inspiring women found strength in numbers and fought until justice and equality prevailed. It is my hope that we as lawmakers and concerned citizens will take the information from today's film and discussion and apply it to our continuing fight for fair wages, for decent working conditions, and a safe place to work without the threats of abuse regardless of one's immigration status."

Congresman Luis Gutierrez speaks passionately about Made in L.A.

Luis Gutierrez, Chair of the Hispanic Congressional Caucus Immigration Taskforce spoke about the Historic Family Unity listening tour and how these experiences have shaped his views on the need for immigration reform. He commented how he cried when he saw Made in L.A. and later added: "Made in LA is a breathtaking and deeply touching depiction of the human cost of our immigration crisis. I'm thrilled my colleagues and I had the opportunity to screen this movie on Capitol Hill. I urge anyone who is uncertain about the need for humane reform to see this movie."

Frank Sharry, Founder and Executive Director of America’s Voice

Frank Sharry, Founder and Executive Director of America's Voice, framed the film with passion and humanity: "Those of you who get a chance to watch this film, many of you will have the same experience that I've had countless times. I get asked all the time why does some middle class white guy work on an issue that mainly affects working class Latino immigrants. And I'll tell you why, it's because I've had the opportunity through unusual circumstances to get to know thousands of people and their life stories. And once you know, everything's different. I love the title, "Made in L.A." cause it speaks to that "are they ‘them' or are they ‘us'." And I think this country will be so much better off when we realize that the ‘thems' are ‘us' in everything but paperwork and that when the ‘thems' become ‘us', ‘us' will become much stronger. Our hearts will be more open, our country will be stronger, and we will live true to ideals that we sometimes forget. So I think ‘Made in L.A.' is ... a beautiful film, and I think that it will challenge all of us to continue to stretch so that America becomes what it might yet be rather than what it's recently become. And when we do, I think the ‘stars' of the movie will make all of us feel proud that we were made in America."

Bill Mefford, Interfaith Immigration Coalition; Angela Kelley, Immigration Policy Center; filmmaker Almudena Carracedo; and Congreswoman Diane Watson during the panel discussion.

The panel that followed the screening explored some of the previous efforts to pass immigration related legislation, and highlighted the wonderful work of the Interfaith Immigration Coalition, Immigration Policy Center, America's Voice, and many other organizations that are working to facilitate a national dialogue around the issues of immigration and immigrant workers.

Senior Vice President of Television Content at the Corporation For Public Broadcasting Ted Garcia highlighted the story and mission of Made in L.A. and acknowledged the many partners that came together to make the film possible: "Made in L.A. highlights some of the reasons why public service media is so crucial... I'm so pleased that the Corporation for Public Broadcasting through our support of ITVS, POV and Latino Public Broadcasting has played a role in ensuring that this story would be told." We were also touched by Sally Fifer's comment that "Made in L.A. represents exactly that kind of deep, authentic filmmaking that breaks new ground and brings us new understanding."

We are happy and honored that Made in L.A. was able to contribute, even in a small way, to this national dialogue, and that both the event and the publicity around it helped get the film into the hands of lawmakers, and policy professionals.

Made in L.A. wins Emmy!!!

We are thrilled beyond words to report that Made in L.A., which started as such a small grassroots project, has just won an Emmy award! The film received the Emmy at the 29th Annual News and Documentary Emmy® Awards in the category of Outstanding Continuing Coverage of a News Story-Long Form at a ceremony on Monday night in New York. Made in L.A. has been a six-year journey, and we couldn't be happier to have received this honor. Robert and I were both there to accept the award and it was exciting and very moving...

Acceptance speeches provide a unique opportunity to say "thank you", since this film could not have been made without the care, support and encouragement of literally hundreds of people. And so we took the moment to thank our families, our friends, our amazing crew, the organizations that believed in us (including NALIP and our fiscal sponsor Women Make Movies), and the hundreds of individuals that have supported this film throughout its journey. Special thanks must also go to our Executive Producers Simon Kilmurry, Cara Mertes and Sally Jo Fifer, and to Cynthia Lopez, Annelise Wunderlich and the amazing teams at American Documentary | P.O.V. and ITVS that took such care and devotion in bringing Made in L.A. to a national audience. We owe a huge debt of gratitude to PBS and to our funders ITVS, POV, the Sundance Documentary Fund, Latino Public Broadcasting, CPB, Pacific Pioneer Fund, Unitarian Universalist Fund for a Just Society, Diane Middleton Foundation, Puffin Foundation, Agape Foundation, and nearly 300 individual donors. Finally, we thank our outreach partners for helping us to spread the word and make an impact!

Above all, we owe the deepest, most personal thanks to the people in the film and to the three amazing women in Made in L.A., Lupe, Maria and Maura, who opened their lives to us and allowed us to capture and portray their stories in Made in L.A. As we said in front of more than 1,200 attendees on Monday night, we dedicate this award to them, because it was their fight for their rights and personal dignity that taught us the true meaning of courage and perseverance.

"Estremecedor e

"Una apasionante
historia real de solidaridad,
perseverancia y triunfo"
"Un documental excelente...
sobre la dignidad humana más básica"
Un film valioso y emocionante
-y entretenido tambien-
el documento de una experiencia"
"Un documental emocionante...
el poder del activismo
se pone de manifiesto"
"Sí, Se puede"

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