Reviewed by Carol Kaufman Segal

This is a film based on the non-fiction book by author and filmmaker, Peter Navarro and Greg Autry, directed by Navarro (also writer and producer) and narrated by Martin Sheen. The film is an expose of what really has changed the United States' economic picture since 2001. In that year, China joined the World Trade Organization, giving that country total access to American markets. The film explains how China played "dirty," stealing thousands of our factories, millions of our jobs, and putting our country in debt to this backstabbing country.

Most of us are aware of the conditions in China, which makes what has happened more devastating to watch. A large number of well-knowns appear in the film, and some of what is depicted is almost too devastating to watch. How can this terrible problem be solved? For U.S.-China 'Commissioner Pat Mulloy, the best solution is for our political leaders to adopt a policy of "balanced trade" that would bring our jobs back home. Teacher Judith Samuelson believes that every time we shop "...that at every level, people could boycott to some extent, and there would be a shot heard around the world". 
We all know how hard this is - how difficult it is to find anything not "made in China." I suppose it depends on what we are willing to sacrifice. One woman said that when her microwave went out, she scoured every place possible and could not find one that was not made in China. Therefore, her decision was to live without a microwave! When anyone buys anything made in China, they should be aware that it is illegally subsidized. It is obvious that China has duped our country into an untenable situation, and it is time for everyone to put forth an effort to help put us back in the "driver's seat." We should all try our d-----t to buy only items made in the United States, even if it means paying a bit more. If we can bring jobs back to America, we certainly can afford it. By the end of this film, both my husband and I felt spent.
But I must encourage every American to see this film and heed the warning. Death By China opens this Friday, August 17, 2012 at Laemmle's Playhouse 7 in Pasadena. Peter Navarro will be at the Playhouse 7 for Questions and Answers on both Friday and Saturday. On Saturday, following the 7:30 PM show, there will be a Question and Answer with special guests from the Chinese, Vietnamese, and Tibetan Dissident communities.

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