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Shirt Off Our Backs, The
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Series Description

Documentary series with international stories. Predecessor to FRONTLINE, executive producer David Fanning. Five seasons from 1978-1981. "WORLD has presented a series of international documentaries. One of our concerns has been to show the world as others see it, and we are committed to the idea that we should include those who normally don't have a chance to have their voices heard." -- quote from opening to Blacks Britannica (1978) Series release date: 1978

Program Description

The textile and clothing industry is Europe's biggest employer with three million workers. But the industry is challenged by cheaper labor in third world countries. Program follows the working lives of four women doing the same job in different parts of the world: Hong Kong, Britain, Belgium and Sri Lanka.

Program also called: The Shirt Off Your Back



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Broadcast program

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Global Affairs
Chicago: “World; Shirt Off Our Backs, The,” 01/30/1979, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed March 18, 2019, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_B729F9B189554186B0FE648D914F910C.
MLA: “World; Shirt Off Our Backs, The.” 01/30/1979. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. March 18, 2019. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_B729F9B189554186B0FE648D914F910C>.
APA: World; Shirt Off Our Backs, The. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_B729F9B189554186B0FE648D914F910C
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