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China Blue


Directed by Micha X. Peled
USA, 2006
Runtime: 88 min

Awards and Nominations
  • 43 film festivals in 30 countries so far…
  • 2007 Beirut Docudays (Lebanon)
  • 2007 Napa Sonoma Wine Country Film Festival
  • 2006 Audience Award Winner, PBS Independent Lens
  • 2006 Amnesty Human Rights Award, International Documentary Festival Amsterdam (IDFA)
  • 2006 Silver Chris Award, Columbus International Film & Video Festival
  • Award of Excellence, Society for Visual Anthropology, American Anthropological Association
  • Nominated, Joris Ivens Award, IDFA
  • CINE Golden Eagle
  • Silver Plaque, HUGO Television Awards, Chicago International Film Festival
  • Honorable Mention, Vancouver International Film Festival
  • Best Documentary, International Independent Film Festival of Mar del Plata, Argentina
  • Honorable Mention, Vermont International Film Festival
  • Special Mention, Cinemabiente Environmental Film Festival, Torino, Italy
  • Toronto International Film Festival
  • Opening Night Film, Human Rights Film Festival in Seoul, South Korea
  • Full Frame Documentary Film Festival
  • Margaret Mead Film Festival
  • ZagrebDox (Croatia) International Documentary Film Festival
  • One World (Prague) International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival
  • Thessaloniki (Greece) International Film Festival
  • San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival
  • Bermuda International Film Festival
  • It's All True International Documentary Film Festival, Sao Paulo, Brazil
  • Hong Kong International Film Festival
  • Calgary Imagine Asian Film Festival
  • EDOC International Documentary Film Festival, Ecuador
  • Warsaw Planete Doc Review, Poland
  • Crakow (Poland) International Film Festival
  • Jerusalem International Film Festival
  • New Zealand International Film Festival
  • Mill Valley Film Festival
  • Hawaii International Film Festival
  • CPH:DOX International Documentary Film Festival, Copenhagen
  • Dallas Video Festival
  • Big Sky Documentary Film Festival
  • Toronto Sprockets Film Festival
  • Films from the South (Oslo)
  • Discovery-Scotland's International Film Festival for Children
  • Filmfest Hamburg
  • 3-Continental Film Festival (South Africa)
  • Cork (Ireland) International Film Festival
  • Nazareth (Israel) International Film Festival
  • Rocky Mountain Women's Film Festival
  • DocsLisboa (Portugal)
  • Tempo (Stockholm) Documentary Film Festival

“a heartbreaking and meticulous documentary” The New York Times

This is life in a modern sweatshop. It is an offshoot of globalization, in which mechanization, productivity and deadlines override human dignity. It is a naive seventeen-year-old girl who left her village and family for six cents an hour and seven days of work. "China Blue" investigates what the label"Made in China" hides by disclosing a jeans factory whose clients include Wal-Mart and Levi Strauss. Using smuggled equipment and outright deception, Micha X. Peled and his crew infiltrate a plant whose sales manager proudly touts, "We are happy to make the jeans for the whole world."


Director Bio: Micha X. Peled

Peled is one of the few people who have arrived in the United States by hitchhiking. He has worked as an importer of hammocks and sheepskin jackets, a tutor, a prison guard, a freelance journalist, a Nuclear Freeze staffer, and the manager of a winning political campaign. Micha has guided adventure trips into the jungles of Thailand and Brazil, and has also authored a slim volume of fiction, "The Fisherman and the Nymph." In the 1980?s he produced and directed videos for the U.S. peace movement. He has directed numerous segments for television, as well as several documentaries, including "Store Wars: When Wal-Mart Comes to Town for PBS." He founded his own non-profit production company, Teddy Bear Films, in 1999, so that if Wal-Mart ended up suing the company, the headlines would read, "Wal-Mart Sues Teddy Bear." Micha has recently completed his first fictional short film, "Delinquent," to be released in 2008.


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