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It was the place for new immigrants to start climbing the ladder. Later, Latinos and other ethnicities flowed in.
Today that figure has plummeted to five per cent. In his long and diverse career, Levin has made documentaries about gangs, prisons and anti-Semitism.
He has had two films screen at the Festival, including Slam, a dramatic feature that captured the zeitgeist of street poetry in the nineties. His keen ear for urban language is put to good use in Schmatta as he interviews a wide range of garment-district inhabitants, from cloth cutters to shop owners.
These outspoken New Yorkers are the authentic versions of ethnic characters that Hollywood often turns into stereotypes. Recent documentaries such as Valentino: With well-chosen archival footage, Levin looks back to key historical moments. The deadly fire at the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory gave momentum to organized labour.
Bypoliticians like John F. Kennedy were actively courting the mighty garment union. But in the eighties, Ronald Reagan rolled back unions while new trade agreements sent jobs abroad.
Against this backdrop, Schmatta documents the current post-crash economy. We hear from freshly unemployed workers who put on a brave face, preserve their humour and try to make sense of the changing landscape.
The shops stemming off Seventh Avenue that once hummed with sewing machines are being converted for upscale renters. If this gargantuan industry can be reduced to such a fraction, what does it mean for the rest of us?Oct 18, · So while Levin really wants to be filming a call to arms, an old union-style demand that somebody fix this injustice, "Schmatta" often feels more like a documentary on the way it was.
Schmatta: Rags to Riches to Rags () is a documentary movie starring Stan Herman and Lisa Nussbaum. It is directed by Marc Levin. Veteran filmmaker Mark Levin looks at the past and present of New York's garment district, from its heyday as a base for .
"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 Reviews: schmatta: rags to riches to rags A documentary on the history of New York's garment district.
"Schmatta" is a Yiddish word that be came garment-industry lingo for what was known as the rag trade.
Oct 18, · So while Levin really wants to be filming a call to arms, an old union-style demand that somebody fix this injustice, "Schmatta" often feels more like a documentary on the way it was.
Schmatta: Rags to Riches to Rags Again is more than an exercise in nostalgia — though there’s plenty of that. It is a cautionary tale, a sort of parakeet in the mineshaft, about what the future holds for America.