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Sweat

SweatOVERVIEW

Genre: Feature Documentary
Language: English
Country of Origin: USA
Running Time: 89 minutes
Medium: Digital Video
Rights: In Post Production


CAST & CREW

Director: Leslie Kretzu
Producer: James Keady
Executive Producer: Page Ostrow
Editor: Kim Connell
Writer: Leslie Kretzu and James Keady
Producer's Representative: Ostrow and Company


SYNOPSIS

SWEAT is the athlete's version of Erin Brokovich, The Insider and Serpico. In 1997, a soccer coach at St. John's University said no to taking part in a $3.5 million dollar deal to endorse Nike products because of Nike's use of sweatshop labor. He was forced out of his job and outcast from the coaching ranks. People told him that he didn't know what he was talking about, that work in a Nike factory was a "great job for those people." He went to find out for himself. In the summer of 2000, he and a friend took off to live with factory workers in a slum in Indonesia and they lived on the workers' wages, $1.25 a day. They lost 40lbs collectively in the month, but more importantly, by living in solidarity with workers, they built bonds of trust. Over the course of three research trips, workers shared the real human suffering behind the Nike success story. Together with workers, they have spent the past four years educating tens of thousands of people about this issue and fighting to end the injustice that Nike's workers face each day. SWEAT is their story.