Directors/ Producers:
Vicky Funari and Sergio De La Torre
Release Date: 2006

Other online resouces: Global Exchange

Working Films started working with the filmmakers early in their production to co-developing a national outreach strategy that will support workers’ struggles to improve living and working conditions, defend human rights, and promote labor, workers’ rights and environmental justice. In 2006, Working Films co-hosted a summit to strategize with their partners, including activists from the U.S. and Mexico, and helped them identify potential funders for their community engagement and outreach plans.

Maquilapolis is a two-year community engagement campaign, designed and implemented collaboratively between the filmmakers and stakeholder organizations in the U.S. and Mexico. The campaign utilizes a high-profile public television broadcast, top tier film festivals and community screenings of the film to create meaningful social change around the issues of globalization, social and environmental justice and fair trade. Their outreach team includes dedicated activists on both sides of the border, mediamakers committed to social change, and most importantly a group of women factory workers struggling to bring about positive change in their world. Their core partners are: Chilpancingo Collective for Environmental Justice; Environmental Health Coalition; Global Exchange; Maquiladora Health and Safety Support Network; San Diego Maquiladora Workers Support Network; SweatFree Communities; Women's Edge Coalition; Women's Rights Advocates; and the Worker's Information Center (CITTAC).
Just over the border in Mexico is an area peppered with maquiladoras: massive factories owned by the world's largest multinational corporations. Carmen and Lourdes work at maquiladoras in Tijuana, where each day they confront labor violations, environmental devastation and urban chaos. The project is a collaboration between filmmaker Vicky Funari, artist Sergio De La Torre, and Tijuana women's organization Grupo Factor X, with the participation of the human rights organization Global Exchange and the environmental activism non-profit The Environmental Health Coalition. Maquilapolis was nationally broadcast on PBS's P.O.V. in October 2006.


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