When I first saw Made in L.A. last year after it won an Emmy, it hit a soft spot in me to say the least. When my father first came to this country way back in the ’90s to pave the way for the rest of the family to make it over, he worked in one of those garment factories. I remember those days because of where we lived, how we lived and my father telling us later on, in his drunken ramblings, how much he hated that work when he was doing it. Yet, he did it and put up with it because that was what he needed to do in order to get the job done, so to speak.
The movie pretty much chronicles three woman over three years as they struggle to balance their lives and continue the fight for their rights in the garment factories. It’s powerful what they all go through, the lives they live, families they support. I get teary eyed whenever they would focus on the families because they reminded me so much of my own family. The two moms raising their kids and the hopes they have for them mirrors the same ambitions my parents have for me.
This really is an amazing documentary that opens more windows and shows the struggles undocumented immigrants face and can over come when they know they have rights, unite and fight the powers that be.
With May Day coming up around the corner, the movies directors are
launching a campaign to raise awareness about the on-going immigration debate, specially since Obama and others are starting to discuss it more openly. The following is a statement from one of the documentaries directors/producers, Almudena Carracedo,
In honor of May Day, we have just launched a nationwide screening campaign from April 15th to May 31st and beyond. We’re inviting student groups, grassroots organization, congregations and individuals from all over the country to join our efforts to use the film as a catalyst for dialogue, debate and, ultimately, a change towards humane labor and immigration reform. You can find details at our online May Day Campaign page.