Lights, camera, outsourcing!

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A documentary that's been making the film festival rounds aims to show the realities of offshore outsourcing to China, and the picture apparently isn't pretty.

A Decent Factory, directed by filmmaker Thomas Balmes and released last year, looks at an effort by Finnish electronics giant Nokia to balance profit-making with social morality as it obtains parts from a Chinese factory. According to a description of the film by a U.S. distributor, Balmes follows business ethics advisors sent by Nokia as they examine conditions at the Chinese facility.

The advisors' final report "exposes numerous violations of even the less stringent Chinese laws on minimum wage and working conditions," according to distributor First Run/Icarus Films.

The video can be bought through First Run/Icarus Films for $440.

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