Mardi Gras: Made In China

Mardi Gras: Made in China

A.Sabin & D.Redmon
January 2005


Winner of twenty-one national and international awards, Mardi Gras: Made in China follows the path of Mardi Gras beads from the streets of New Orleans during Carnival – where revelers party and exchange beads for nudity – to the disciplined factories in Fuzhou, China – where teenage girls live and sew beads together all day and night. Blending curiosity with comedy, Mardi Gras: Made in China is the only film to explore how the toxic products directly affect the people who both make and consume them.




  • Sundance Film Festival - Nominated for the Grand Jury Award
  • Winner of 21 awards
  • Theatrically Released in the U.S.
  • Curated by the Sundance Channel as one of the “Classical Festival Moments”
  • New York Times Critics Pick by Stephen Holden




  • “Punchy documentary critique of globalization looks at the conditions in a factory in the Chinese city of Fuzhou where young workers make the beads showered onto revelers in New Orleans in exchange for baring their breasts at Mardi Gras.” The New York Times
  • “Cleverly juxtaposes the apex of American bacchanalian excess with the sweatshop-like conditions that facilitate the fun.” Los Angeles Times
  • “This is one of the best films I know about real (as opposed to op-ed) globalization. Please welcome it.” The Nation




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72 minutes
Extras: PG Version, Deleted Scenes, Clips from upcoming films, Workers diary.