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My Cultural Divide (2006)

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Filmmaker Faisal Lutchmedial goes beyond the activist stereotype as he takes a personal journey into his mother's native country for the first time. A three month visit to Bangladesh ... See full summary »

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Filmmaker Faisal Lutchmedial goes beyond the activist stereotype as he takes a personal journey into his mother's native country for the first time. A three month visit to Bangladesh becomes a discovery of family and home that runs parallel with his attempt to tackle the complex issue of global trade. Starting from the opening scene My Cultural Divide questions the logic of the hardcore political activist, and wonders aloud whether ethical consuming actually does anything good for the workers behind the machines. Because of family connections Lutchmedial makes his way into some of the worst factories in Bangladesh, and talks frankly with the workers inside about their job and living conditions. Sometimes contradicting western activists, the labour leaders he speaks to soon make Lutchmedial question his own long-standing beliefs on child labour and personal responsibility. Accompanied by his ailing mother, Lutchmedial takes us on a very personal journey to bridge the gap between his ... Written by Faisal Lutchmedial

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31 August 2006 (Canada)  »

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An excellent insight into the world of sweat shops and much more
29 September 2006 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

I know the director and cinematographer personally, so I can guarantee everything you see is real as flesh and bone. I stepped into the room ready to make concessions out of friendship, but there was no need.

This brilliant documentary has it all - drama, humor, sweat shops, identity search, both sides of the story, smart examples...when the lights are turned on again you feel you're coming from very far very soon. And still...you are surrounded by the reality they describe.

I bought not long ago a pair of leggings made in Bangladesh. Believe me, when I wear them I'm promising myself to do everything I can to stop the giants of globalization from producing cheap and taking advantage of people, them and us - their sweat for peanuts and our money.

If you get a chance to see this film, don't hesitate, step in, it's better than 3X movies, you don't even need the glasses or a plane to travel, it's all in there. Then you'll see the bigger picture and your world won't be the same again.


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