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Monday, August 10, 2009

L.A.-Centric Documentary Back on PBS, But Not KCET

PBS nationally this Tuesday is rebroadcasting the documentary Made in L.A. -- although you're gonna have to struggle to find it here in Los Angeles (title be damned).

The documentary, which was is bilingual in both English and Spanish, centers on three Latina immigrants working in Los Angeles sweatshops. More:

The trio embark on a three-year odyssey to win basic labor protections from a trendy clothing retailer. "When we started this film, we did not anticipate that the garment workers' campaign would take three years and that the story would take a deeper turn," says director Almudena Carracedo.

"Struggles cause people to change, and we were amazed to observe each woman's growing sense of self-confidence and self-worth," she continues. "The boycott campaign served as a catalyst for each of them, in her own way, to stand up, to say, 'I exist. And I have rights.' " Compelling, humorous and deeply human, Made in L.A. is a story about immigration, the power of unity, and the courage it takes to find your voice.

Made in L.A. was recently awarded the prestigious Hillman Prize for Broadcast Journalism, was nominated for the National Council of La Raza's Alma Award, and was screened by leaders on Capitol Hill. Community, faith-based and student organizations are currently screening Made in L.A. around the country to highlight sweatshop issues and put a human face on the immigration debate.

Here in Los Angeles, none of the local PBS stations is carrying "Made in L.A." -- but one of KCET's digital subchannels -- available over-the-air if you've got an antenna for your digital TV -- is. KCET World (Channel 28.4) will air "Made in L.A." on Wednesday at 8:30 a.m., 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., and again at 12:30 a.m. that night, as well as at noon on Aug. 16.

UPDATE: KCET let us know that "Made in L.A." will air on the station on Saturday, Sept. 26 at 9 p.m. as part of its Hispanic Heritage Month programming.

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