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Schmatta: Rags to Riches to Rags (2009)

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  • Format: NTSC
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • DVD Release Date: August 18, 2011
  • Run Time: 72 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005HZCLEG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #222,274 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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"Schmatta: Rags to Riches to Rags" brings to life the vibrant, unexpected history of the Garment District, which for many years was the heart and soul of Midtown Manhattan, but is now in danger of disappearing. For thousands of immigrants the garment industry was a path to their American Dream, but today most of those jobs are gone. A microcosm of the economic and social forces transforming our nation over the past one hundred years, "Schmatta: Rags to Riches to Rags" tells the story of this vanishing industry through the voices of the people who have experienced its highs and lows.



A must-watch for anyone who wants to understand our current economic problems!



Bonus material: "Save the Garment Center" - Fashion industry activists fight to keep NYC's Garment District alive.



"Levin does a magnificent job."

- Variety



"An engrossing, elegiac history"

- NPR



"Essential viewing"

- Glamour Magazine

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars finally! it's available on dvd January 5, 2012
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i was thrilled to find this documentary on dvd at last. it is the optimum look at what's going on with american industry. a must watch.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Authentic and thought provoking July 3, 2014
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For a young viewer the beginning of the story might seem distant, irrelevant and old fashioned, but just wait until the narrative takes you to the core of the problem it tries to illustrate, the complexity and confusion of the globalized fashion industry will slowly be dissolved as the winners and losers change of fate become clear.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great history lesson February 17, 2014
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Great history lesson for the younger generation and memories for us old folk.. Everyone should see what this country was and now has become.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great History Lesson August 10, 2013
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Just a wonderful history lesson of the apparel Manufacturing rise and fall, From The Penthouse to the Outhouse is a couple of decades. A great lesson that we are all responsible for losing a vibrant high energy business to offshore manufacturing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating... May 16, 2012
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An excellent documentary...engaging and accessible. Do you remember the little "Made in America" labels on clothing? I do. It was a big deal. By the way, when those ILGWU gals start converging onto the screen with the big, rollers-and-hairspray dos to form one B-A knot of united singers I was whooshed back to my parents cotton-floral couch in White Plains, NY. Seriously, that little segment just ambushed me. I got teary-eyed out of nowhere!
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