Behind the Labels: Garment Workers on US Saipan

Location:Saipan, CNMI
Subject:Garment workers; Clothing workers; Women
Length:45 minutes
Format:1/2 inch VHS
Year Released:2001
Director:Tia Lessin
Producer:Tia Lessin
Distributor:Witness; rental from University of Missouri
Library Code:UHM AV/C VIDEOTAPE 19659
Description:Produced and directed for Witness and Oxygen. Lured by false promises and driven by desperation, thousands of Chinese and Filipina women pay high fees to work in garment factories on the Pacific island of Saipan, the only U.S. territory exempt from labor and immigration laws. The clothing they sew, bearing the "Made in the USA" label, is shipped duty and quota-free to the U.S for sale by The GAP, J. Crew, Polo and other retailers. Powerful hidden camera footage, along with the garment workers' personal stories, offers a rare and unforgettable glimpse into indentured labor and the workings of the global sweatshop where 14 hour shifts, payless paydays, and lock-downs are routine. Behind the labels takes the story from the factory floor to the streets, where protesters worldwide wage an ongoing battle against globalization." -- Witness website
Record No:2425
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