Tejid@s Junt@s / Stitched Together is a 30 minute documentary project nearing completion.
This film is a tool for change in support of a groundbreaking project.
Your funding today goes to finishing the film (post production) and printing the DVDs (distribution). We're so close, let's get this important film released! Its up to you to make it happen.
Tejid@s Junt@s is the story of Alta Gracia, a living-wage, union-made apparel factory in the Dominican Republic. Alta Gracia is a new brand that opened up on the site of what was once a Nike and Reebok sweatshop. Alta Gracia is a unique success in the anti-sweatshop movement and Tejid@s Junt@s is the first comprehensive film project to document this amazing project.
The film uses interviews with worker/organizers who sew shirts at the Alta Gracia factory as well as footage from American students who stand in solidarity with Alta Gracia workers. This international relationship connects the struggle for fair treatment at the point of production to the right of consumers to know how and where their stuff is made.
This film is an organizing tool!
That means that we want it to be cheap and available to organizers!
The film will be available for FREE to download, burn, or share on vimeo and bittorrent. But once it is online there is no getting it back. That means before we let it go live, all the kinks need to be worked out and all the images need to be picture perfect.
Not just online though... With the help of the International Labor Rights Forum, we will be printing DVDs to sell and give away to professors, students, activists, workers and union organizers in the DR, and people of all descriptions. So this funding campaign is in part to raise that initial capital to print the DVDs.
Why support this anyway?
It's an important message! This film was made with the collaboration of many players in the anti-sweatshop movement from the notoriously activist United Students Against Sweatshops, to United Students for Fair Trade, SweatFree Communities, and the local unions on the ground in the Dominican Republic. The message this film carries, of supporting workers' rights in the complex global economy, is a necessary and important one for this moment in history and the film stands to bolster the global movement against sweatshop labor.
The film is comprised of the voices of the women and men who actually produce these clothes after fighting for their right to a living wage. It is a rare occasion when people so marginalized in the mainstream media have a platform from which we can hear their stories and learn from their struggles.
It's actually a good film!
Audiences at the simultaneous LiveStream release party at 15 US colleges and universities, as well as the jury at the Workers Unite! Film Festival in NYC, and at a half dozen other public screenings have all raved about this fun and engaging film. It reflects the color and vibrancy of the town where it takes place and uses creative animation and info-graphics rendered in 3D to make complex ideas come alive on screen. So your support here is also support of independent art!
It's Free (as in "freedom!")
This film is being released under Creative Commons licence, which means you are free to use it in whatever way you will!
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