The China Blues: What your $20 pair of jeans really gets you

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Li Ping (14) and Jasmine (16) put clothespins on their eyes to stay awake.

A few days ago, I headed to the Anthology in NYC to see indie documentary, "China Blue." Director Micha X. Peled goes behind-the-scenes in this poignant documentary highlighting the lives of three young girls as they work up to 20 hours a day in the Lifeng Factory in Shaxi, otherwise known as, "China's Famous Clothing Town." Jasmine (girl on right), a 16 year-old threadcutter, is the main focus of the documentary. To cope with the monotony and daily drudgery, Jasmine intermittently takes the viewers on a creative escape with her imaginative stories of a girl samuri. The tales are innocent and childlike, which really brings the viewers to a realization of how young these girls really are.

This was an unbelievable film. China Blue gives you a chilling view of the injustices that happen in the apparel market - and shows us that we cannot promote "sustainability" and "eco-consciousness" without consideration of fair labor.

I highly, highly recommend this film, and I truly look forward to promoting Micha's work.

Summer Rayne Oakes

Find out more about labor abuses in China here.

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