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Behind the Labels: Garment Workers on U.S. Saipan
Produced By: Tia Lessin; Co-Producer: Oxygen
Produced In: USA, 2001
Running Time: 45 min
Genre: Documentary
Language: English (with some subtitling)
Themes: USA and its territories,Immigration, Economic Justice , Labor
Distributor: WITNESS
Lured by false promises and driven by desperation, thousands of Chinese and Filipina women pay high fees for jobs in garment factories on the Pacific island of Saipan- which despite being a U.S. territory is exempt from federal minimum wage and certain 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 of 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 fourteen-hour shifts, payless paydays, and lock-downs are routine. Behind the Labels follows the issues from the factory floor ot the streets, where protesters worldwide wage an ongoing battle against corporate globalization. Narrated by Susan Sarandon.
  • Visit the WITNESS Home Page for the film for excerpts of the video, background information, online action tools and links to relevant resources
  • Visit the National Mobilization Against Sweat Shops (NMASS) homepage to learn about national campaigns to end sweatshop labor.
  • Visit the Chinese Staff and Workers Association to learn more about the New York City-based organization and their ongoing work to end sweatshop labor and improve working conditions in New York City.

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