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We will have officially applied for a post-production grant from the Women in Film Foundation as of April 29th, 2013.
THE SECRET BEHIND THE STICKER 'MADE IN CHINA'
'Made in China' is a fictional story about the parallel lives of Michael and his wife, Marlene, in Los Angeles, CA and a Chinese woman worker and her supervisor, Chun, in Donguan, China. Michael is a business executive who is under intense pressure from his CEO to increase the productivity in his company's factory in China. He and his snobbish wife, Marlene, have a troubled relationship, but they put their marital problems aside in order to throw a small party to celebrate their son's third birthday. Meanwhile, at the same time in China, the Chinese woman (who is intentionally left unnamed because Chinese workers have no rights and no voice) works in her production cubicle as Chun, a factory manager,constantly abuses her with relentless sexual violence and aggression. The toy product that the Chinese worker produces by end of the film as she cowers on the floor from being forcefully kicked turns out to be the same toy product that Michael and Marlene's young son receives as a birthday gift.
'Made in China' is a fictional view into the world of the Chinese laborer versus the life of an American businessman. The joy that toys tend to bring children can be sharply diminished by the comparison to the violence and suffering that may have resulted from the toy's creation.
HELP END SWEATSHOPS, MAKING A BETTER WORLD
Most people have seen a 'Made in China' sticker at one time or another on a product sold in the United States. However, if people knew the reality of the conditions under which those products are made in China, they would be horrified and sickened, to say the least.
'Made in China' is intended to get people to think about from where the products that they purchase come and under what conditions. The goal of 'Made in China' is to try to create awareness about sweatshops by sending the message that people need to refuse to tolerate suffering and violence in the name of profit.
Today China makes approximately 75 percent of the world's toys. "Dongguan contributes much to the growth of all of China," the city's mayor, Li Gui Kang, said. In Dongguan China, 72 percent of migrants are women, and young, mostly between 18 and 22. They earn minimum wages, approximetly $120 a month. "They have simple minds," To Chor Keung, SAE's director of facility planning said. "If they are stable, they just work here, they don't go out to karaoke, bars, and they can work 16, 17 hours a day." Other theories as to why almost all the assembly workers are women abound -- small hands make them better at fine tasks, they are better at following instructions, they accept the grind of the factory line. (Source provide from CNN)
The "Sex" City:
The gender imbalance in factories and the surrounding neighborhoods has created a vast class of lonely hearts.” For these women, working as a migrant is part of their life's journey at a time when many are thinking of love," wrote Liu Kaiming, the executive director of the Institute of Contemporary Observation in his book Migrant Labor in South China.” Therefore, the choice for women has traditionally easy, just "polygamy" as unfathomable reality.
1. CHINESE PRISON IS A TOY FACTORY
2. CHRISTMAS: BROUGHT TO YOU BY CHINESE SLAVE LABOR
3. CHINA THE WORLD FACTORY
4. Female Factory Worker’s Desperate Life Leads to Suicide in Dongguan Factory
WE NEED YOUR HELP WITH ANY AMOUNT
We have approximately 14 crewmembers in our team. All are working for free. the production is going to take place over the course of three days in July 2012. We are going to submit the film to social issue related film festivals, and woman film festivals. If the funds we gain from indiegogo is reaching the goal, the extra money that we are thankful are going for post-production and festival fees.
- Location Renting ( a warehouse, a living room, a office set, and a factory bathroom.)
- Transportation & Meals for our 14 crews and 14 actors.(5 dollars per person per meal.)
- Utilities & Equipment (Renting Equipment: Camera, Lens, Tripod, Dolly, Track, Light, Filters, Softbox, Recorder, Mic etc.)
- Costumes, Props, Production Design and Make-up
Every dollar is essential to us. Never think $1 is a small amount. We are encouraged by any amount of money!
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SUPPORT OUR YOUNG FILMMAKERS
Ivy Yang, the director of 'Made in China', currently works as an intern at MGM-HD. She has been working mostly as a DP in order to gain production experience. Recently, a short film that she worked on as the Director of Photography, "Intuition", has been selected to screen at Cannes Film Festival Short Corner on May 20th, 2012.
Stacey Marie Revel, the screenwriter of 'Made in China', has worked as an intern for Flat Cat Productions in business and legal affairs and as an intern for The Dr. Phil Show within production. Her short film, 'Red', won second place in the narrative category at the 2012 CSU Los Angeles Film Festival.
Filip Cankovic, the producer of “Made in China” works as an intern at Mixed Roots Film & Literary Festival.
We are welcome you to meet our crews by visitiing our soial network pages!
We are a young, passionate group of filmmakers who live in Los Angeles and are pursing our dreams. Please support us to make this film happen!