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Mardi Gras: Made In China



This Thursday, come join Conscientious Projector at Armory Center for the Arts in Pasadena for a free screening! Details follow film synopsis:

In two weeks thousands will gather in the streets of New Orleans for the annual celebration of Mardi Gras. On the surface the gala bacchanal wouldn’t appear to be a likely source for a critique of globalization, but in Mardi Gras: Made in China investigative filmmakers David Redmon and Ashley Sabin provide a unique, eye-opening look into the predatory side of global economics, taking their cameras from the bawdy revelry of the French Quarter to an industrial compound in Fuzhou, China where a work force of mostly teenage girls produces the festival’s famous plastic colored beads for wages of a little more than a dollar per day. Gaining remarkable access to the factory, the documentary crew elicits frank, transparent revelations from the owner and even goes inside the close quarters of the dormitory where the teen workers are housed, separated from their families and communities. Their touching stories juxtaposed with the boisterous Fat Tuesday merrymaking make for a fascinating and insightful comparison of U.S./Chinese values and cultures. Parents are advised that the film contains brief nudity and profanity. 

Sustainable economics advocate Ian Caine Wilson will lead a community discussion following the film.

The Armory is located in Old Pasadena at 145 North Raymond Avenue, Pasadena, California 91103. Gold Line station is Memorial Park Station.

Admission is free and the facility is accessible to disabled persons. Screening begins at 7 pm on Thursday, February 12th. .

For more information, contact Marty Coleman at 626.792.4941 or visit


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I saw that documentary! It’s very sobering about the realities that literally behind the Mardi Gras celebration.

Comment by Ann Erdman

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