Program includes post-screening Q&A with Filmmaker Micha X. Peled.
CHICAGO –The Public Square at the Illinois Humanities Council (IHC), Teddy Bear Films, and the Society for the Arts will host the Chicago premiere and a post-screening discussion of the documentary film, China Blue, on Monday, March 5 at 7:00 P.M. at The Society for Arts (1112 N. Milwaukee Ave).
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.
Immediately following the 7:00 P.M. screening, filmmaker Micha X. Peled will answer questions from the audience at a reception. Both the screening and discussion are free, but reservations are required and space is limited. To make a reservation or for more information, please email email@example.com or call 312.422.5580.
Please note: this film is not rated.
The New York Times calls this film "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." For more on the film, read the entire New York Times review.
China Blue, produced by Teddy Bear Films, 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. They are also unlawful by international standards, and tensions in the factory are running high. So when the factory owner strikes a deal with a Western client and demands around-the-clock production to meet the deadline, a confrontation becomes inevitable.
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.
The Society for Arts, a co-sponsor for this Public Square at the IHC event, is dedicated to stimulating the exchange of ideas in all areas of art and culture. Annually, the Society brings together film festivals exploring European cinema, art exhibitions and concerts. The educational programming at the Society for the Arts encompasses lectures, panel discussions, workshops, and meetings with leading artists and scholars.
For more information about the Public Square at the IHC or other programs of the Illinois Humanities Council, please call 312.422.5580 or visit www.prairie.org.
The Public Square at the Illinois Humanities Council fosters debate, dialogue, and exchange of ideas about cultural, social and political issues with an emphasis on social justice. Our programs promote participatory democracy by creating space for public conversations.
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