The Best in Contemporary World Cinema


Directed by David Redmon
USA, 2006
Runtime: 74 min

Awards and Nominations
  • Awards and Nominations: 17
  • Nominated for Grand Jury Prize Sundance Film Festival
  • Best Documentary Florida Film Festival?Camden International Film Festival New Orleans Human Rights Film Festival? Garden State Film Festival Mass Bay Film Festival
  • Best Brooklyn Based Film,?Brooklyn Underground Film Festival
  • Audience Award - Best Documentary?New Orleans Human Rights Film Festival?Belgrade International Film Festival
  • Nominated for Social Justice Award?Santa Barbara International Film Festival
  • Best Global Consciousness Film?Telluride Mountain Film Festival
  • Human Rights Award?RiverRun Film Festival
  • Award Winner? Spindletop Film Festival? Black Point Film Festival Big Muddy Film Festival? Hearts and Minds Film Festival? George Lindsey UNA Film Festival? Artsfest Film Festival
  • Special Jury Award?Nurnberger Film Festival
Film Description

“This sly, engrossing doc is an expert riposte to smug proponents of the fetterless free market.” The Village Voice

The pomp, circumstance, and chaos of a New Orleans Mardi Gras wears the mask of an exhiliarating liberation, but the beads that bear chests come at a steep moral cost when viewed in a global spectrum. David Redmon follows the stories of four female teenagers working in the largest Mardi Gras bead factory in the world. He observes their economic reality, self-sacrifice, dreams of a better life, and the severe discipline of living and working in a factory compound. The film strings together festivities and factory life by visually introducing workers and festival-goers to each other. Images of Chinese workers challenge festivity-goers with the question, "do you know the origin of your beads?" Meanwhile, factory girls view the American exchange of beads, solicitations and decadent celebrations. America is guilty in outsourcing inumane manufacturing processes, but, the film concludes, these other countries are willing to cooperate.

Director Bio: David Redmon

David Redmon grew up on a farm in Mansfield, Texas and received no formal schooling in either film or video. Redmon studied visual sociology at the University at Albany, State University of New York. "Mardi Gras: Made in China" is his first documentary. He has just completed a second collaboration with producer Amy Sabin, "Intimidad."


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