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China Blue


China Blue takes us inside a blue-jeans factory, where two teenage girls, Jasmine and Orchid, are trying to survive the harsh working environment. Their lives intersect that of the film’s other protagonist and factory owner, Mr. Lam. Providing perspectives from both the top and bottom levels of the factory’s hierarchy, this film brings complex issues of globalization to the human level. Like millions before her, Jasmine leaves her home village for a far-away factory job. Her initial excitement to be able to help her family quickly melts away as she is overwhelmed by the long work hours and the delays in pay.


  • The tacit fury of China Blue
    Richard Corliss, TIME MAGAZINE
  • Pic's degree of access and intimacy is surprising, even more so when closing intertitles reveal Chinese authorities did try to shut down the filmmakers several times.... engaging in character and narrative terms... much of "China Blue" is charming, because its subjects are... Micha Peled's docu "China Blue" makes a stronger case against worker exploitation than any news item could...
  • The Best Documentary of Toronto? Micha Peled's China Blue, a heartbreaking, truly unforgettable cinéma-vérité
  • Without (Chinese) government knowledge or approval, San Francisco filmmaker Micha X. Peled shot a stunningly candid portrait of the lively teenagers who make blue jeans...
  • a riveting documentary ...a heart-wrenching story of the exploitation of young optimism and energy by the desire for profit. See it before you head off to the mall for that clothing sale.
  • China Blue presents a powerful testimony of the working conditions in China as well as moving and sensitive portraits of the young workers to whom we owe our "made in China" jeans
    LE MONDE, France
  • Like some of Micha X. Peled's previous films (Store Wars, Inside God's Bunker), China Blue is primarily a deep-access film
  • Mr. Peled has achieved some amazing footage of life in the factory... If you were ever curious about the people who make your blue jeans, China Blue is the film for you.
  • At least one woman rushed home to rip up her blue jeans... The measure of a successful big screen documentary is not the facts that it shows us - but how much it make us want to engage with the facts.
  • Must-see film for anyone interested in global issues... A compelling story...

Festival Participation

  • Toronto International Film Festival, Canada - 2007
  • IDFA, Amsterdam, Netherlands - 2007
    DOEN/Amnesty International Human Rights Award
  • Mar del Plata International Independent Film Festival, Argentina - 2008
    Best Documentary
  • Vancouver International Film Festival, Canada - 2008
    Honorable Mention
  • Vermont International Film Festival, USA - 2008
    Honorable Mention
  • Hawaii International Film Festival, USA - 2008
  • Seoul Human Rights Film Festival, South Korea - 2008
    Opening Night Film
  • Hong Kong International Film Festival - 2008
  • Thessaloniki International Film Festival, Greece - 2008
  • San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival, USA - 2008
  • Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, USA - 2008
  • It's all True International Documentary Film Festival, Brazil - 2008
  • Zagrebdox International Documentary Film Festival, Croatia - 2008
  • Warsaw Planete Doc Review, Poland - 2008
  • Jerusalem International Film Festival, Israel - 2008
  • CPH:dox, Denmark - 2008

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