Sweating for a T-Shirt

DVD, 1998, 22 min
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When Arlen Benjamin stops by the university campus gift shop to buy a t-shirt, she notices that her purchase was made in Honduras. Asking the question "Who made this t-shirt?" sends her on a journey with her mother, Medea, through Honduras' sweatshop industry. It also starts her asking where the billions of dollars worth of clothes sold at college stores are being made and what students can do to help eliminate sweatshops.

Join Arlen as she meets with workers, factory owners, union organizers, and human rights activists.

Learn how workers making clothing for wealthy US companies earn $3.50 a day when the basic cost of living is $8.00 a day.

Hear the workers themselves talk about their long hours of overtime, the sicknesses they get from the dust and the stress, and how they are harassed if they try to form unions.

Follow workers to their homes to see the conditions they are forced to live in.

Arlen also interviews her fellow students back home, and ends with a rally at Brown University, where the students have just forced their administration to adopt fair labour standards for the production of clothing bearing their college logo.

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TypeVideo
ExpressionDocumentary/Interview
AudienceAdults
LanguageEnglish
PublisherGlobal Exchange

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