Past Event

China Blue Screening and Reception

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Join Us and The Society for Arts for the Chicago premiere of China Blue.

Shot clandestinely in China under difficult conditions, this award-winning documentary is a deep-access account of what both China and the international retail companies don’t want us to see – how the clothes we buy are actually made. China Blue takes us on a poignant journey inside a blue jeans factory, where the working conditions Jasmine and her teenage friends must endure are harsh beyond imagination.

Following the screening, there will be aQ&A and reception with filmmaker Micha X. Peled. Peled won the Amnesty Human Rights award for China Blue at the International Documentary Festival in Amsterdam. Find out more about the film at the official site.

"A heartbreaking and meticulous documentary about life inside a blue-jeans factory in China, [that] reveals more than we may care to know about the provenance of our most beloved item of clothing." —The New York Times

Please note: this film is not rated.

More on Micha X. Peled:

Mr. Peled, the founder of Teddy Bear Films, was born and raised in Israel before immigrating to the United States. His varied career has included work as an importer, a prison guard, freelance journalist, political campaign manager, and adventure tour guide. He made his first documentary for television in 1992, Will My Mother Go Back to Berlin?. He has since directed the television documentaries Inside God’s Bunker (1994), You, Me, Jerusalem (co-director, 1996), and Store Wars: When Wal-Mart Comes to Town (2001). China Blue (2005, 86 min.) is his first feature documentary.

This screening and discussion are part of the Public Square at the IHC’s Civic Cinema program, a series of films, forums, and conversations that uses the most exceptionally creative and engaging documentary films of our times as a springboard for talking about some of the most pressing and challenging social issues facing us. Many of the films screened in this series are funded in part by the Illinois Humanities Council.

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