Tejid@s Junt@s / Stitched Together screening with filmmaker in DC
The story of Alta Gracia is that of a hard-won victory. The brick-and-mortar factory and many of the workers at Alta Gracia were once a part of another firm called BJ&B that produced clothing for Nike and other brands under appalling conditions. Workers fought a long battle to win a collective bargaining agreement with the factory owners at BJ&B only to be faced with mass layoffs and eventually a factory closure. The film explains how workers, conscientious investors, and student activists collaborated to bring life to this new and important project.
Alta Gracia bears the name of the town in which the factory sits, and the name of this film plays at the myriad ways that our communities here in the United States are interwoven with communities abroad; how we as students are connected to garment workers the world over and how finding and exposing those connections can bring about positive change in the lives of people everywhere.
Will Delphia, an aspiring documentary filmmaker, is a Senior at Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts. This film was independently produced as his senior thesis. Just this month, the film has already screened at 20 universities and other venues in multiple states.
This screening is sponsored by the International Labor Rights Forum.