Florida Film Festival, Part II

The Florida Film Festival ended this weekend. I saw some great documentaries that you should keep an eye out for:

Mardi Gras: Made In China – Where do Mardi Gras beads come from? Why, a sweatshop in China, of course! Teenage girls labor for up to 14 hours a day, turning out, painting, and packing endless loops of beads. They’re paid the equivalent of $12 a day, and pay is docked if they talk during work or don’t meet their quota. The movie contrasts the poverty of these girls with the decadence of Mardi Gras celebrations in New Orleans. It’s a sobering but enjoyable movie.

Murderball – paraplegic rugby played in armored wheelchairs. Behind-the-scenes of the sport and the players’ lives. These guys are seriously tough, and the sport is brutal. Highly recommended.

After Innocence – tells the stories of several men who were exonerated for crimes they didn’t commit. After being wrongly convicted and spending years in prison, these men don’t get any compensation from the state. They’re basically thrown out into the world with a bus ticket. It’s startling and depressing. One of the film’s subjects is Wilton Dedge, a Florida man who spent 23 years in prison for a rape he didn’t commit. He was recently freed after DNA testing proved his innocence. After Innocence will be on Showtime in a few months.

1 Comment so far

  1. The Masked Blogger (unregistered) on April 18th, 2005 @ 9:58 pm

    I really hate that I missed out on attending any of this year’s showings. I’m marking my calendar now for next year’s festival!

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