Artist Projects

Maquilapolis


Sergio De La Torre , Vicky Funari

Carmen and Lourdes work in Tijuana’s maquiladoras, the foreign-owned factories which came to Mexico for its cheap labor. Every day, these workers confront labor violations, environmental devastation and urban chaos. In Maquilapolis, they reach beyond the daily struggle for survival to organize for change. They also use video cameras to document how globalization has transformed their city and to share their hopes for the future. 


This project brings together filmmakers, factory workers and community organizations in Mexico and the U.S. to create a film that depicts globalization through the eyes of the women who live on its leading edge. The factory workers who appear in the film have been involved in every stage of production, from planning to shooting, from scripting to outreach. Our collaborative process seeks to merge artmaking with community development and to ensure that the film’s voice will be truly that of its subjects. 

Project Updates

  • 2011: Maquilapolis is included in The Workers exhibition at MASS MoCA

  • 2010: MAQUIL√ĀPOLIS screens at Museum of Modern Art in New York as part of Creative Capital film festival

  • 2007: Maquilapolis receives the Latin American Studies Association CASA Award of Merit in Film

  • 2007: Maquilapolis receives the Cine Golden Eagle

  • 2007: Maquilapolis is presented as part of the 10th International Istanbul Biennial

  • 2006: Maquilapolis receives Special Mention in Outstanding Achievement in Documentary at the Tribeca Film Festival 

  • 2006: Maquilapolis receives the Audience Award for Best Documentary at Barcelona Women’s Film Festival

  • 2006: Maquilapolis receives Jury Special Mention at Green Film Festival of Seoul

  • 2006: Maquilapolis is named Best Film About Borders and Migration, Contra el Silencio Latin American Documentary Encounter

  • 2006: Maquilapolis receives Special Mention, Amnesty Jury, CPH:DOX/Copenhagen International Documentary Film Festival

  • 2006: Maquilapolis premieres at the Rotterdam Film Festival

  • 2002: Maquilapolis is screened at the Sundance Institutes House of Docs as a documentary-in-progress during the Sundance Film Festival

  • 2001: Maquilapolis receives a Creative Work Fund Grant