, 2023-01-05 23:27:16,
Immigrant employees at the Eder Flag factory in Oak Creek, Wisconsin, work on American flags in the new movie “The Flagmakers.” Photo: Courtesy of National Geographic Documentary Films
A new National Geographic documentary examines life inside a factory that makes American flags and whose employees are primarily refugees and immigrants.
Why it matters: The American far right has adopted the American flag as one of its main symbols and has flown it during the Insurrection of January 6. Others say that the American flag has been co-opted and has more union values, especially for immigrants.
Details: “The flag makers,” which is currently streaming on Disney Plus, will debut Friday on Hulu on the second anniversary of the US Capitol riots on January 6, 2021.
- The film follows refugees and migrants from Latin America, the Middle East, Africa, Eastern Europe, and Asia who work at the Eder Flag factory in Oak Creek, Wisconsin.
- They talk about what the American flag means to them and how it gave them hope as they fled violence, poverty and uncertainty in their former countries.
- The film tracks workers in the midst of the pandemic, protests for racial justice, and the violence and racial discrimination they face. However, they continue to make flags.
What they are saying: “The people who literally seed the stars and stripes of our nation very much represent our nation,” filmmaker Cynthia Wade told Axios.
- Wade said Eder Flag is among the largest flag factories in the country and has more than 200 employees, most of whom…
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