May 8, 2006
New documentary about Tijuana factory workers
screens May 11
A new documentary about Tijuana's factory workers and their
struggle for social change will screen Thursday, May 11, at
7:30 p.m. in Earth & Marine Building Room B206.
Maquilapolis looks at globalization through the eyes of
Maquilapolis is a piercing look at globalization through
the eyes of
workers who confront "labor violations, environmental devastation
and urban chaos." The film's title comes from the word
maquila, short for maquiladora, for the factories
in Mexico that process or assemble components for export. Typically
foreign-owned and concentrated on the U.S.-Mexico border, the
facilities tap low-wage Mexican labor to produce goods for export
back to the United States.
Codirector Vicky Funari and two organizers featured in the
film will attend the "sneak preview" and field questions
after the screening, which is being presented by the Latin American
and Latino Studies and Community Studies Departments.
The film was directed by Funari and Sergio de la Torre in collaboration
with Grupo Factor X, the Chilpancingo Collective for Environmental
Justice, and women's rights activists. The women workers in
the film were involved in every stage of production, from scripting
to shooting to outreach. The film documents their efforts to
"reach beyond the daily struggle of survival to organize
for social change."
Maquilapolis is a unique film that "breaks with
the traditional documentary practice of dropping into a location,
shooting and leaving with the 'goods,' which would only repeat
the pattern of the maquiladora itself," said the directors.
"We seek to merge artmaking with community development
and to ensure that the film's voice will be truly that of its