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Mardi Gras: Made In China


David Redmon

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About the Movie

Winner of twenty-one national and international awards, Mardi Gras: Made in China follows the path of Mardi Gras beads from the streets of New Orleans during Carnival – where revelers party and exchange beads for nudity – to the disciplined factories in Fuzhou, China – where teenage girls live and sew beads together all day and night. Blending curiosity with comedy, Mardi Gras: Made in China is the only film to explore how the toxic products directly affect the people who both make and consume them.


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Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 19
  • Fresh: 13
  • Rotten: 6
  • Average Rating: 6.6/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: A startling look at both the effects of globalization and at a dramatic cultural divide. – Laura Kern, New York Times, Jul 16, 2008

Rotten: Redmon blunts his own provocative points by trafficking in easy ironies and overstating the obvious throughout 78-minute pic that likely would be more effective as hour-long (or shorter) pubcast program. – Joe Leydon, Variety, Jul 7, 2010

Fresh: Mardi Gras: Made in China is a thought-provoking, canny piece of filmmaking that puts flesh, blood and garish multicolored baubles on the skeleton of globalization. – Michael Ordona, Los Angeles Times, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: This sly, engrossing doc is an expert riposte to smug proponents of the fetterless free market. – Jessica Winter, Village Voice, Jun 24, 2010

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Customer Reviews

This is a truly great movie!

Redmon's lens reveals much about a world we see little of. But we are intimately connected to the sweatshop factories of Fujian, and to the people there. This film follows one of those connections, even showing images of their counterparts to people on both sides of this world. Very few documentaries are this interesting, this touching, and this heartfelt. An important  and enjoyable film.

Totally engrossing!

Most of us have never thought where those Mardi Gras beads come from - probably just some factory where they throw a bunch of beads into a machine and poof! Out come those colorful strands. Well think again and watch this film - an eye-opening revelation of life of young girls in China working in these factories. You'll never look at a strand of beads or think of
MardiGras in the same way - riveting ( and I've never been a fan of documentaries...)

Lynne in Danbury

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