Mardi Gras: Chinese Made

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If you’ve ever witnessed the annual New Orleans ritual of wanton women baring their breasts for beads at Mardi Gras, you probably were too engrossed by the sordid spectacle to stop to think about where all those shiny necklaces came from.

Well, Mardi Gras: Made in China traces those beads back to the source, factories in China where young women are virtually enslaved on compounds, working long days, literally for pennies an hour, and all for the sake of decadent Americans.

This flick was shot both in the Orient and in a pre-Katrina Big Easy, so everybody knows New Orleans ain’t the same place as the one we see on the screen. Nevertheless, this movie presents a still convincing contrast between the obviously impoverished and utterly subjugated Asian females and the inebriated, blowsy floozies floating up Bourbon Street on Fat Tuesday. Girls Gone Wild meets globalization.

Excellent (4 stars)
In Mandarin and English with subtitles
Running time: 72 minutes
Studio: David Redmon Films

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