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The Global Assembly Line

by Lorraine W Gray

The powerful story of working women and men linked in our new global economy and the business decisions behind it, Emmy Award winner.

Traveling from Tennessee to Mexico's northern border, from Silicon Valley to the Philippines, The Global Assembly Line takes viewers inside our new global economy. A vivid portrayal of the lives of working women and men in the "free trade zones" of developing countries and North America, as U.S. industries close their factories to search the globe for lower-wage workforces. We take a rare look at the people who are making the clothing we wear and the electronics goods we use--as well as the business decisions behind manufacturing--on the global assembly line. Emmy Award and Blue Ribbon winner. Directed by Lorraine W Gray. Produced by Lorraine Gray with Anne Bohlen and Maria Patricia Fernandez Kelly. For more photos and information about The Global Assembly Line, please visit

quoteA powerful look at the human face of dramatic changes in the global economy. . . Artfully film and well edited.
The Washington Post

quoteSeamless and comprehensive . . . visually rich, superbly photographed. . . intimately direct in portraits of the young women who predominate on the assembly lines. . . Like many films, it is sociologically relevant. Like very few, it is sociologically conceived.
Contemporary Sociology

quoteThe subject is so rich . . . an informative hour . . . Gray's sympathy for the workers in both countries gives her work heart.
The New York Times

quoteThe film shows us scenes most Americans never see. . . There is brutality and misery in this film, but also a little hope.
The Washington Post

quoteThe product of a four-year study by director Lorraine Gray, anthropologist Maria Patricia Fernandez Kelly and coproducer Anne Bohlen, "The Global Assembly Line" is a reminder of why we have public television.
The Washington Post

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  • The Emmy Award
  • Gold Apple Award, National Educational Film & Video Festival
  • Blue Ribbon Award, American Film & Video Festival
  • Special Jury Prize, Leipzig International Film Festival
  • New Director's Series, Museum of Modern Art
  • Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences Tribute Series
  • PBS National Special

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