Behind the Swoosh

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Behind the Swoosh is a documentary worth seeing on one of Nike’s factories located in Indonesia. Unlike what we think about factories here today in the United States, you soon learn the ugly truth that in fact Nike’s factory is really a sweatshop. Workers are paid next to nothing and can barely survive. Educating for Justice Directors, Leslie Kretzu and Jim Keady are two Americans that go to Indonesia to live as one of Nike’s sweatshop workers and record their time spent living in the slums. The film opens our eyes and makes us think about the brands we wear and how they are made, more importantly who makes them and the kind of working conditions they are faced with everyday because of big name companies that decided to outsource to other countries for cheap labor. Outsourcing has become a trend that big name companies, like Nike, have come to practice to obtain cheap labor. In documentary, Kretzu and Keady film their stay in the slums of Indonesia, the same slums that the Nike factory workers call home, living off $1.25 a day, a wage paid to most factory workers. By doing this Keady and Kretzu really force the point of how bad living conditions are for those working for Nike. We see how little their wage can get them, and learn that it is not enough to even consider making a living let alone feeding and taking care of themselves. The film gives us a firsthand look at how people barely survive. In the film Kretzu had gotten sick during her stay in the slum and had to make a big decision between food to feed her already starving body or aspirin to bring down her fever. It’s a decision that people in some parts of the world would never have to make, to choose between food for the day or aspirin. I for one have never been faced with that choice or could imagine choosing between the two. It is something that sticks with viewers and makes them think over and over again, what would I do with that choice? Of course that is only one decision workers of the...
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