A promising new documentary on individual Chinese workers at Foxconn
Protesters depicting Steve Jobs and Foxconn workers act in a street drama in Hong Kong / Reuters
The New York Times over the last week or so ran several stellar pieces on the Apple supply chain and the potential human cost associated with the personal technology device revolution over the last decade (see here and here). Much ink has already been spilled in the commentariat on these stories, which frankly, are less "news" than highlighting revelations about an existing dynamic that has faded into the distant background in the last several years. I have little substance to add beyond what I wrote immediately after Steve Jobs' passing, when ubiquitous praise obscured the thornier issues of Chinese factory workers and what most of us have come to accept as today's global supply chain.
Instead, I want to point to what appears to be a promising new documentary on individual Chinese workers at Foxconn. From an Italian trio of Ivan Franceschini, Tommaso Facchin, Tommaso Bonaventura, Dreamwork China is meant to document the "dreams and rights of a new generation in the world's factory". Based on the clip, I think this is a film that needs to be viewed widely. Without additional commentary, judge for yourself: