China Blue (2005)


China Blue (2005)

China Blue takes us inside a blue-jeans factory, where Jasmine and her friends are trying to survive a harsh working environment. When the factory owner agrees to a deal with his Western client that forces his teenage workers to work around the clock, a confrontation becomes inevitable. Shot clandestinely in China, under difficult conditions, this 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.
IMDb  7.5 /10
Metacritic   73%
Director Micha X. Peled
Release Date2008-09-27
Runtime1h 26mins
Content Rating
Awards1 win.
CompanyTeddy Bear Films Inc., ITVS
LanguageCantonese, English, Mandarin
Sylvain Francois
Sylvain Francois
Liu Kaiming
Liu Kaiming
Self (as Dr. Liu Kaiming)
Guo Xi Lam Lam
Guo Xi Lam Lam
Self - Mr. Lam

China Blue

China Blue is a 2005 documentary film directed by Micha Peled. It follows the life of Jasmine Li, a young seventeen-year-old worker from Sichuan province, in a Chinese jeans factory, Lifeng Clothes Factory (丽锋服饰制衣有限公司) in Shaxi, Guangdong producing Vigaze Jeans (a company based in Istanbul, Turkey), hence the title. Jasmine earned about half a yuan for one hour's work (which amounted to about six US cents).

The documentary discusses both the sweatshop conditions in factories in China and the growing importance of China as an exporting country on a global scale. It's part of Teddy Bear Films' Globalization Trilogy together with Store Wars: When Wal-Mart Comes to Town, that focuses on consumerism in the U.S., and Bitter Seeds, that looks at the raw materials – the crisis of the farmers in India who are growing the cotton exported to China's garment factories to be used for the clothes sold in the West.

At the 2005 Amnesty International film festival, it won the Amnesty International-DOEN Award. In April 2007 China Blue aired on the award-winning PBS series Independent Lens.