Item Details

Colombia [electronic resource]: Flowers for the Gringo

Network Ireland Television
Format
Video; Computer Resource; Online Video; Online
Summary
As in the case of coffee, sugar, and other cultivated products, the floral industry would collapse without a steady supply of cheap labor. This program goes inside the world of Colombia's flower growers, in particular those who work the hardest for the lowest pay. Profiling two women with varying experiences, the film reveals both the tenuous nature of life on the industry's bottom rung - Hilda was fired after injuring her shoulder in the workplace - and the occasional ray of hope, as evidenced by Gloria's employer, who pays above the minimum wage. The program also features a union activist fighting an uphill battle to improve worker conditions, reminding viewers that human and corporate interests can rarely be tied into a pretty bouquet.
Release Date
2009
Run Time
25 min.
Language
Closed-captioned
Portions in Spanish with English subtitles
Rating
10 & up
Notes
  • Films on Demand is distributed by Films Media Group for Films for the Humanities & Sciences, Cambridge Educational, Meridian Education, and Shopware.
  • Encoded with permission for digital streaming by Films Media Group on October 01, 2010.
Variant Title
Flowers for the Gringo
Series
Fighting the Tide 3: Developing Nations and Globalization
Fighting the Tide
Series Statement
Fighting the tide ; 3
Contents
  • Women and Low Wages (4:21)
  • Hardships on Women (3:05)
  • Exploitation of Women (2:09)
  • Trade Unions in Colombia (3:20)
  • Price of Competition (2:23)
  • Colombia's Flower Industry (2:33)
  • Globalization and Flower Market (2:55)
  • Injured Workers (1:32)
  • Flowers: Symbols of Love and Devastation (1:44)
  • Credits: Colombia: Flowers for the Gringo (0:42)
Published
New York, N.Y. : Films Media Group, [2010], c2009.
Publisher no.
  • 41924s Films Media Group
  • 41925 Films Media Group
Access Restriction
Access requires authentication through Films on Demand.
Description
1 streaming video file (25 min.) : sd., col., digital file.
System requirements: FOD playback platform.
Mode of access: Internet.
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