Business and Economics

General and Miscellaneous; Global Economic Issues
The World Bank/The International Monetary Fund
The World Trade Organization
North America
Consumerism/Credit/Consumer Marketing
Malls and Megastores
The Economic Crash of 2008/2009
Mexico, Latin American and the Caribbean
Pacific Rim and South Asia
South Asia
Other Developing Regions

UC Berkeley Entrepreneurs Forum (separate page)

Global Issues and Events
Labor and Labor History
Media Studies (for works about advertising)
Commercials and Advertisements
Environment videography (for works dealing with the environmental impact of industry)
Area Studies videographies
Corporations, Wall Street, and Sundry Capitalism in the Movies

General/Miscellaneous; Global Issues

Age of Uncertainty
Approx. 60 min. each installment. 1976. Hosted by John Kenneth Galbraith.

Prophets & Promise of Classical Capitalism. Discusses the birth of classical capitalism in Britain and France generated by the theories of Adam Smith and David Ricardo, and in the United States by the World Exposition of 1893. Video/C 477 (NRLF #: B 4 175 291)

Manners and Morals of High Capitalism. Looks at the robber baron industrial capitalists of the late nineteenth century and examines their "conspicuous consumption" concept of earning and spending money. Discusses ways in which this concept affects our attitudes today. Video/C 478 ( NRLF #: B 4 175 292)

Karl Marx--The Massive Dissent. Investigates the impact of Karl Marx and other socialist thinkers on our economic interpretation of society. Video/C 479 (NRLF #: B 4 175 293)

The Colonial Idea. Focuses on colonialism and the colonial adventure using India and Great Britain as the prime example. Presents an in-depth look at the British intervention, control and domination of India and finally the removal of the colonial government. Video/C 480 (NRLF #: B 4 175 294)

Lenin and the Great Ungluing. Focuses on the breakup of the old political order during World War I, which introduced, what Galbraith terms, an age of uncertainty and the first experience of a socialist alternative in Soviet Russia under Lenin. Video/C 481 (NRLF #: B 4 175 295)

Rise and Fall of Money. Focuses on the history and function of money in society, which Galbraith considers through an analysis of the cycles of instability and inflation that plague the system. Three prime examples, The Bank of Amsterdam, The Bank of England, and the development of banking and currency in the U.S., are examined in depth. Video/C 482 (NRLF #: B 4 175 29)

Mandarin Revolution. Focuses on the worldwide slump that threatened economic disaster after World War I and the role of economist John Maynard Keynes' ideas on saving the West. Video/C 483 (NRLF #: B 4 175 297)

Fatal Competition. Investigates the origins and development of the military and industrial economy as a result of the cold war and the continuing rivalry between the United States and the Soviet Union. Video/C 484 (NRLF #: B 4 175 298)

Big Corporation. Focuses on the modern corporation, which Galbraith considers from the viewpoints of history, contemporary sociology and future development. Multi-national corporations are prominent today and ironically Galbraith feels they are leading the way in bringing socialism as a form of government, to the entire world. Video/C 485 (NRLF #: B 4 175 299)

Land and the People. Focuses on the role of land in determining wealth and poverty and its effect on social and foreign policies. Shot on location in Mexico, the United States, Canada, Pakistan and Singapore as examples of countries who have had some success in breaking the "equilibrium of poverty." Video/C 486 (NRLF #: B 4 175 300)

Metropolis. Portrays problems of the industrial society as seen in the urban metropolis, which best reflects its uncertainty and crisis. Video/C 487 (NRLF #: B 4 175 301)

Democracy, Leadership, and Commitment. Focuses on the processes and operation of democracy with a look at the American experiment. Combines Galbraith's personal memoirs of leaders that he has known, from Franklin Delano Roosevelt to Mohandas Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Jr., with emphasis on the role of individual action in government and organization. Video/C 488 (NRLF #: B 4 175 302)

Weekend in Vermont. Several world leaders gather at Galbraith's Vermont home to discuss the world situation. Among the topics discussed are national security, nuclear arms proliferation, developing nations, and the fear of terrorists. Guests include former British Prime Minister, Edward Heath, historian Arthur Schlesinger, Soviet academician, Gyorgy Arbatov, former Secretary of State, Henry Kissinger, and other statesmen, professors, and newspaper people. NRLF Video/C 489 pt. 1-pt. 3 (NRLF)

The Ascent of Money: A Financial History of the World
Bestselling author, economist and historian Niall Ferguson takes a look at how money evolved, from the concept of credit and debt in the Renaissance to the emergence of a global economy. Series director, Adrian Pennink. Dist.: PBS. 240 min. DVD X3870

Black Gold
After oil, coffee is the most actively traded commodity in the world with $80 billion in retail sales. But for every $3 cup of coffee, a coffee farmer receives only 3 cents. Most of the money goes to the middlemen, especially the four giant conglomerates which control the coffee market. Tracing the path of the coffee consumed each day to the farmers who produce the beans, Black Gold asks us to 'wake up and smell the coffee', to face the unjust conditions under which our favorite drink is produced and to decide what we can do about it. In particular, It follows Tadesse Meskela as he tries to get a living wage for the 70,000 Ethiopian coffee farmers he represents. Filmed, directed, and produced by Marc Francis & Nick Francis. 2006. 78 min. DVD 6628

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Bryan Magee Talks to Peter Singer about Hegel and Marx
Peter Singer of Princeton University discusses rational Hegelian philosophy and the historicism and organicism at its root. Hegel's concept of a model of reality as ultimately spiritual and of philosophy as organic and constantly changing, is examined. The theories of Karl Marx are discussed as essentially Hegelian but with a practical, economic spin. Originally broadcast in 1987 as a segment of the television program: Great philosophers, a history of western philosophy. Dist: Films Media Group. 45 min. DVD 1882

The Business of Hunger.
Examines a major cause of world hunger which is being created when small, native farmers are forced off the land and are replaced by multinational agribusinesses that produce food for export rather than local consumption. Shows scenes of recent food riots in Brazil and the Dominican Republic, starving women and children, and displaced farmers. Includes testimony by religious missionaries in third world countries and comments by representatives of human welfare organizations. 1984. 28 min. Video/C 2197

Capitalism: A Love Story
Filmmaker Michael Moore examines the history of free-market capitalism in post-Reagan America and questions its efficacy as the basis for the nation's economy. He also explores the root causes of the global economic meltdown and takes a comical look at corporate and political shenanigans. Along the way he tries to answer the question: What is the price that America pays for its love of capitalism? Contents: Imperial parallels -- Home loss -- Condo vultures -- What is capitalism? -- New sheriff in town -- General Motors revisited -- Jail a kid for profit -- Poverty pilots -- Dead peasants -- Mike gets religion -- The Plutonomy theory -- Democracy at work -- Derivatives for dummies -- Greenspan gone wild! -- From red tape to robbery -- Friends of Angelo -- Elite crime spree -- American financial meltdown -- Wall Street's ruling class -- Financial coup d'état -- Armored avenger -- Eat the rich -- The spectre of socialism -- Seeds of revolution -- Workers occupy factory -- FDR's economic bill of rights -- Crime scene. Special features: Sorry, house-flippers and banks, you're toast in Flint, MI -- Congressman Cummings dares to speak the unspeakable -- NY times Pulitzer Prize winner Chris Hedges on the killing machine known as capitalism -- The rich don't go to heaven (there's a special place reserved for them) -- What if, just if, we had listened to Jimmy Carter in 1979? 2009. 127 min. DVD X2736

Traces the history of manufacturing in American from special individual workshops, through assembly line to full automation. Discusses the ideas of Frederick Winslow Taylor in his search for increased productivity. c1981. 25 min. Video/C 1470

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Commanding Heights: The Battle for the World Economy
2 hours. c2002. Based on the book by Daniel Yergin and Joseph Stanislaw.

Battle of Ideas. The first episode of a 3 part series exploring the changing economic world in the 20th century: the clash between governments and the marketplace, the debate over the impact of globalization, and the forces shaping future economies. This episode considers the idea of government control in 20th century world economies, focusing on the economic theories presented by Marx and Lenin, John Maynard Keynes and Freidrich Von Hayek. DVD 4110; vhs Video/C 9034

Agony of Reform. Considers the failure of government-controlled economies in the 1980s. The focus is on how reform played out in the Soviet Union, the eastern bloc, Latin America, India and other countries during this tumultuous time. DVD 4111; vhs Video/C 9035

New Rules of the Game. Tracks the global economy through the 1990s to the present. The focus is on American policy as both political parties embrace unfettered globalization over the objections of organized labor. Internet-linked financial markets, unrestricted capital flows and floating currencies drive levels of speculative investments while entrepreneurs create multinational corporations. As popular unease grows that the system is just too complex to be controled new opposition to globalization forms as the gap widens further between rich and poor. DVD 4112; vhs Video/C 9035

Approx. 55 min. each installment. 1985.

Leaving Home for Sugar. Discusses British involvement in the sugar industry in the West Indies and Zimbabwe, where companies have turned semi-desert land into modern plantations, but at the cost of local farmers who were dispossessed or brought in as forced laboreres. Video/C 3495

White Gold, Black Market, 1. A dramatization set during the 1630's which tells of the initial rise of sugar through the story of one Dutch merchant who takes over a Portuguese sugar plantation in Brazil. Obsessed with the development of a profitable sugar plantation, the Dutchman also becomes the master of African slaves. After 1654 the Dutch withdrew from Brazil and encouraged British planters in Barbades to grow sugar. Thus sugar, along with slavery, spread to the Caribbean. Video/C 3493

White Gold, Black Market, 2. From 1650 onwards the British seized control of the seas and international trade. Opium exports from India to China financed the British East India Company's administration of India and paid for imports of tea, porcelain, and silk. A dramatized story of the trading companies' determination to impose their will on China and to control its markets. Video/C 3494

Tea Fortunes. Documents the history of the tea industry in China, India, Sri Lanka, and East Africa. Profiling Sir Thomas Lipton, it shows how he and his competitors controlled every stage of tea manufacture, from planting to blending, packaging to retailing. Today India controls its exports of tea, Sri Lanka has nationalized its tea estates, Zimbabwe's state-run plantations generate some cash in rural areas while women in China work for some of the lowest wages in the world producing tea for western blends. Video/C 3496

Coffee: The Gold of the Future. With a 15 billion dollar market, coffee is the world's most valuable commodity after oil, providing 10 nations with over 50% of their foreign exchange. This documentary tells the history of coffee in Colombia, and a history of Colombia as seen through the story of coffee. Video/C 3497

Free Markets for Free Men. Discusses how commodity exchanges and futures markets developed, the risks involved and market speculation. Shows as an example how deterioration of trade terms between commodity buyers and producers has deepened Brazil's debt, despite international accords such as the International Coffee Agreement, designed to regulate trade and protect producer nations. Video/C 3498

Grow or Die. A general discussion of the changing face of world capitalism, developing countries, multinationals, debtor nations and control of world markets. As an example describes the growth of the Unilever Corporation and other multinationals. Shows how these consumer goods multi-national companies, many with origins in the production, trading, and marketing of a single commodity such as coffee, tea or sugar, are now complex players on a world scale, often at the cost of Third World countries which are caught on the treadmill of rising debt, falling prices, and stunted growth. Video/C 3499

The Communism of Karl Marx
Joel Friedman, Professor of Philosophy at the University of California, Davis, presents through a costumed impersonation, the important philosophical and historical concepts underlying Marx's political and economic theories. 1980. 27 min. DVD 7310 [preservation copy]; vhs Video/C 9912

Controlling Interest: The World of the Multinational Corporation.
Examines foreign investment policies of U.S. corporations and the effects of those investments on social, economic, and political conditions in foreign nations. 1978.50 min. Video/C 1228

Corporate Social Responsibility: From Principles to Profit.
This program looks at how product and service providers develop and implement better business practices to satisfy shareholders, customers, employees, and the community. Companies such as Shell, DHL, Nike, and GlaxoSmithKline explain how they dealt with environmental impact management, ethical supply chain management, equitable treatment of employees, proactive addressing of consumer disgruntlement, and accurate assessment of shareholder sentiment. 2004. 51 min. DVD 5038

The Diamond Empire
Central to the diamond's role as a romantic symbol is the belief that diamonds are one of the rarest, most precious gifts for a loved one. This documentary examines how the great myth about the scarcity of diamonds and their inflated value was created and maintained over the decades by the diamond cartel. Director, Gavin MacFadyen. Originally broadcast February 1, 1994 as an episode of Frontline. 102 min. DVD X6798

Ebony Towers (America Beyond the Color Line)
The existence of a small group of African-Americans at the heart of the corporate and political establishment is something that, just two decades ago, seemed unimaginable. How did they get there and what is the significance of their success? Beginning at Harvard University, Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Jr. travels to New York City and Washington, D.C. to ask if this new black elite represents genuine progress for black America as a whole. Interviewees include Colin Powell, Russell Simmons, Vernon Jordan, and many others. Dist.: Films Media Group. 2003 56 min. DVD 2336

The Economics of Happiness
A documentary about economic localization, a powerful strategy that can help heal a world in crisis. Featuring voices from six continents calling for systemic economic change, the documentary describes a world moving simultaneously in two opposing directions. On the one hand, government and big business continue to promote globalization and the consolidation of corporate power. At the same time, all around the world people are resisting those policies, demanding a re-regulation of trade and finance - and, far from the old institutions of power, they're starting to forge a very different future. Communities are coming together to re-build more human-scale, ecological economies based on a new paradigm -- an economics of localization. Directed by Helena Norberg-Hodge, Steven Gorelick & John Page. 2011. 65 min. DVD X5394

Elite Globalization vs People's Globalization
Kevin Danaher speaks of two types of globalization. Elite globalization features money values, violence, and the "God is on our side" mentality. It is driven by big corporations seeking to maximize their profits at the expense of human needs. People's globalization is a grassroots movement espousing life values, non-violence, and a "God doesn't take sides" view. This type of globalization is exemplified by fair trade, ecology concerns and micro-lending networks. Danaher explains why, since 9/11, it is important to pursue the grassroots people's globalization path. Annual Daniel Patrick O'Connor memorial lecture in social justice ; 9th Recorded on December 4, 2001 in Packard Hall, on the Colorado College campus, in Colorado Springs, Colorado. 75 min. Video/C MM151

The End of Poverty?
Explains how global poverty began with military conquest, slavery, and colonization that resulted in the seizure of land, minerals, and forced labor. Today's financial crisis is a direct consequence of these unchallenged policies that have lasted centuries. Features expert insights from Nobel Prize winners, acclaimed authors, university professors, government ministers, and the leaders of social movements. Written and directed by Philippe Diaz. Special features: Extended interviews with experts, including John Perkins, Heather Remoff, Joshua Farley, Mason Gaffney, Hwo Okoth-Ogendo, and Gitu wa Kahengeri; interview with director; Stawi Youth & Adult Centre (Kenya) profile; manifesto to end global poverty. 2010. 104 min. DVD X3373

The Factory and Marketplace Revolution. (Day the Universe Changed; 6)
Describes the origins of the Industrial Revolution and the resulting growth of urbanization, the creation of the factory system and an industrial working class, and the exploitation of the planet. 1986. 52 min. Video/C 997:6 Pt. 6

Falling Into the Trade Gap
Do you know where your fashions come from? This video introduces you to Leslie, a 16 year old Honduran girl, who makes sweaters for Liz Claiborne, earning 60 cents for each one completed. Her story is a common one among many girls in Central America. In countries across the region young women work 12 hour days making clothing for U.S. companies such as Liz Claiborne and the Gap. Charles Kernaghan of the National Labor Committee joins Paper Tiger in piecing together this ironic tale of the bitter reality behind these popular clothing manufacturers. New York: Paper Tiger Television, 1995. 30 min. Video/C MM1212

Free to Choose.
60 min. each installment. 1980. Hosted by Milton Friedman

The Power of the Market. The free market enables people to go into any trade they wish which gives them incentive to work hard and succeed. Human and political freedom is dependent on economic freedom. On tape 2 a panel of experts debate the issue presented on the first tape. Video/C 1172 pt. 1-2

The Tyranny of Control. Shows what happens when governments plan and control the economic activities of their people. When goverments interfere, there are harmful effects. On tape 2 a panel of experts debate the issue presented on the first tape. Video/C 1173 pt. 1-2

Anatomy of Crisis. Traces the history of U.S. government intervention on the economic lives of the people, starting with the Crash of 1929, ensuing depression and the legacy following. On tape 2 a panel of experts debate the issue presented on the first tape. Video/C 1174 pt. 1-2

From Cradle to Grave. Examines the welfare systems of the United States. Questions asked are: Do they work and do they achieve their purpose? Mr. Friedman suggests that the country do away with welfare systems and offers better solutions. On tape 2 a panel of experts debate the issue presented on the first tape. Video/C 1175 pt. 1-2

Created Equal. Is equality a desirable or possible goal for society? Mr. Friedman discusses economics and equality and how the free enterprise system leads to the equality of opportunity. On tape 2, a panel of experts debate the issue presented on the first tape. Video/C 1176 pt. 1-2

What's Wrong with Our Schools? The government spends a great deal of money for public education and the children aren't being adequately educated. Mr. Friedman has diagnosed the problem and offers a solution - a voucher system which enables parents to have a choice in the schools their children attend. On tape 2, a panel of experts debate the issue presented on the first tape. Video/C 1177 pt. 1-2

Who Protects the Consumer? Examines government protection of the market place and consumer. It controls prices, quality of goods, and choice of products. Do these protection agencies work or are there better ways? On tape 2 a panel of experts debate the issue presented on the first tape. Video/C 1178 pt. 1-2

Who Protects the Worker? Examines the workings of the labor market and the role of the labor unions. Mr. Friedman comes up with controversial views in answer to the question, who protects the worker? On tape 2 a panel of experts debate the issue presented on the first tape. Video/C 1179 pt. 1-2

Created Equal. Milton Friedman presents Tape 1 on inflation and how to cure it. On tape 2 a panel of experts debate the issue presented on the first tape. Video/C 1180 pt. 1-2

How to Stay Free. Discusses how our freedom is threatened by the concentration of power in the hands of the few, specifically the federal government. Video/C 1181

Free Trade Slaves
Film discusses free trade zones and the accompanying human problems that have arisen with human rights, exploitation of workers and environmental degradation. Filmed on location in Sri Lanka, El Salvador, Mexico and Morocco. In English and various languages with English voiceovers. c1999. 58 min. Video/C 5927

From the Ground Up
Shows each phase of coffee production, from the moment it is picked until it gets consumed exploring how an ordinary cup of coffee occupies center stage in the world economy. Traveling with the filmmaker from Guatemala to South Carolina to New York City and seeing each phase of coffee production unfold--the growing, picking, processing, distribution, brewing and selling--one comes to understand that most products we use have passed through the hands, and lives, of countless people in numerous countries. A film by Su Friedrich. 2008. 54 min. DVD X196

Getting Out of Business: Privatization and the Modern State
Chronicles the concept, from a private industry viewpoint, of government versus private enterprise providing transportation, power, and employment. Case by case it explains the philosophy of government involvement in business and examines the consistent results. Examples of successful transformations are presented from Singapore, Italy, Mexico and the U.S. Originally produced by the Blackwell Corporation in 1987. 58 min. Video/C 6141

The Global Assembly Line.
Documentary, filmed in electronic and garment factories, examines working forces in United States and free-trade zones of developing countries particularly the Philippines and Mexico. 1986. 58 min. Video/C 1580

Global Institutions
First segment: Are global institutions outmoded in the new world order? This segment examines institutions like the United Nations, World Bank, International Monetary Fund, and NATO in a post-Cold War context. Second segment: A report on World Bank activities in Mexico and their impact on the daily lives of ordinary Mexican citizens. Third segment: An interview with UN Asst. Sec. General Alvaro De Soto about the role of human rights's organizations after the end of the Cold War. Segment from the television program Rights & wrongs broadcast May 22, 1996. Video/C 6733

The Global Trade Debate
This program offers a balanced look at the reality of globalization in an effort to address the issues that underpin the angry rhetoric between big business advocates and an increasingly powerful activist lobby. Since the founding of the International Monetary Fund, the world has seen a 12-fold increase in global trade, but local economies and the environment have paid a heavy price. 2001. 41 min. DVD 1958; vhs Video/C 9083

Globalization & Human Rights
Documentary examining the clash between the trend of increasing economic globalization and international human rights advocacy. Investigates the impact of foreign economic influence on gold miners in South Africa, the petroleum industry in Nigeria, the collapse of the economy of Indonesia, the Nike shoe industry in New York and Indonesia, child labor abuses in Thailand and the situation in East Timor. 1998. 57 min. Video/C 6591

Inside the Global Economy (1994) With Nariman Behravesh. Moderator, Beverly O'Connor. 60 min. each installment

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Trade, An Introduction This program illustrates the forces transforming the global economy, addressing questions such as: Why do nations trade? Who gains or loses from trade? Features IBM's move to Japan and the impact of 1970's Australian mineral exports boom on its domestic car production. Video/C 4853

Protectionism. Examines impediments to trade, covering both tariff and nontarrif barriers. Includes discussions about the driving forces behind protectionism and likely winners and losers. Cases include French agricultural subsidies and conflict in the Uruguay Round and voluntary export restraints on Japanese cars into the U.S. Video/C 4854

Trade Policy. Discusses ways countries try to change their competitive advantage in trade through subsidies and industrial and regulatory policies. Import-competing and export promotion policies are compared: examples include the Airbus and the Chilean wine industry. Video/C 4855

Trade Liberalization and Regional Trade Blocks. This program compares the progress made on multilateral trade liberation into the past World War II period with attempts to form preferential trading arrangements such as GATT and NAFTA. Discusses trends towards increased economic integration and economic interdependence. Video/C 4856

Labor and Capital Mobility. This program looks at the international mobility of capital, labor and technology, including the relationship between trade in goods and services, the mobility factors of production and the pressures that drive and inhibit labor migration. Examples include the Netherland's policy toward guest workers and Mexican immigration to the U.S. and the Maquiladora program. Video/C 4857

Multinational Corporations. This program examines multinational corporations as vehicles for movement of capital and the transfer of technology. Case studies include: direct investment by Swedish corporations in Hungary and a comparison of Smith-Corona and Brother. Video/C 4858

Fixed vs. Floating Exchange Rates. his program looks at the strengths and weaknesses of the fixed and floating exchange rates. Looks at exchange rates as shock absorbers as well as the costs of exchange rate fluctuations. Cases explored: the impact of the U.S. dollar fluctuations in the 1980's; Komatsu vs. Caterpillar; and floating exchange rates and petrodollar recycling in the late 1970's. Video/C 4859

Managing Currencies and Policy Coordination. This program discusses government intervention in foreign exchange markets and what motivates governments to manage currencies. The limits to government intervention in foreign exchange markets are explored. Video/C 4860

Exchange Rates, Capital Flight, and Hyperinflation. This program discusses the factors that affect exchange rates. The impact of international capital flows, inflation and trade flows is examined. The concept of capital flight is explored through the case study of Mexico and the money Center Bank. Another case study looks at the problems of hyper inflation in Argentina. Video/C 4861

Developing Countries. This program discusses how developing nations have been helped or hurt by the rapid growth in trade and factor mobility in the post-World War II period. Describes steps that can be taken to integrate developing countries into the global economy. One case compares development policies in South Korea and Sri Lanka ; the other looks at the policies of aid vs. trade in Tanzania. Video/C 4862

Economies in Transition. Features the transformation of former Communist countries into market economies and the macro- and micro-economic policies needed to ensure their successful reintegration into the global economy. Cases include: the fate of state industries vs. private entrepreneurs in Russia; and Poland's shock therapy transition to a market economy. Video/C 4863

Environment. This program looks at the international dimension of environmental problems, focusing on transnational pollution, international property rights, and perceived differences between trade and environmental protection. The U.S.-Mexico agreement on dolphin-safe tuna fishing is explored, as is the transnational implications of pollution along the Rhine River border. Video/C 4864

The Evolving World Economy. This program explores the dynamic aspects of comparative advantage, the evolutionary nature of trade competativeness and the importance of human capital. Video/C 4865

International Economic Law. (International Law Video Course, Part 10)
As national economies become more closely linked international economic law will become a more comprehensive economic system. This program examines international economic, monetary, commercial and trade law and laws relating to foreign direct investment. [1995?] 32 min. Video/C 7865

Karl Marx and Marxism.
The impact of Marx on the 20th century has been all-pervasive and world-wide. This program looks at the man, at the roots of his philosophy, at the causes and explanations of his philosophical development, and at its most direct outcome: the failed Soviet Union. c1993. 52 min. Video/C 6169

Let's Make Money
Follows the trail of our money through the worldwide finance system. Director Wagenhofer hits hard at the exploitation of Third World countries, at the global money market that corrupts the world monetary system, and at the crass side of neoliberalism that endorses political manipulation of free trade and free markets by transferring control of the economy from governments to private investors. Written and directed by Erwin Wagenhofer. c2008. 107 min. DVD X2702

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Life and Debt
Set in Jamaica, this film is a case study of how contemporary free trade policies and global financial institutions such as the International Monetary Fund, World Bank and World Trade Organization affect the economies of developing nations. Includes interviews with IMF Deputy Director Stanley Fischer, Haitian president Jean-Bertrand Aristide, Jamaica's former Prime Minister Michael Manley as well as tourists, farmers, Rastafarians, factory workers and others. Based on "A small place" by Jamaica Kincaid. Director, Stephanie Black. c2001. 86 min. DVD 1793; vhs Video/C 9116

Chang, Jeff. "Life and Debt" Mother Jones, Nov/Dec2001, Vol. 26 Issue 6, p82 UC users only
Frank, Dana. "Life and Debt" Labor History; Nov2002, Vol. 43 Issue 4, p583-592, 10p UC users only
"Life and Debt" New Internationalist, May2003, Issue 356, p31, 1/8p, 1 UC users only
Pettifor, Ann. "Life and Debt" Sight & Sound, May2003, Vol. 13 Issue 5, p55-56, 2p UC users only
Shriar, Avrum J. "Life and Debt" Journal of Latin American Geography, 2005, Vol. 4 Issue 2, p131-133, 3p UC users only
Thorkelson, Nick. "Life and Debt" Dollars & Sense, May/Jun2002, Issue 241, p28, 2p UC users only

Lifestyles U.S.A.
"The world's greatest collection of American post-modern, nuclear family nostalgia and rampant gleeful post-war consumerism ever compiled onto DVD! Transferred from the original films, The series features an array of squeeky-clean, optimistic, historically-relevant 16mm films from the 1950's and 1960's on subjects like: railroads, Investment bankers, office manners, correct public speaking, Thanksgiving, and Formica...just to name a few! Each 2 hour DVD comes individually packaged with full synopsis, segment titles and commentary in the text. It's American society as seen through the smoked-acrylic eyes of giant corporations and --captured like a new-fangled Polaroid snapshot on 29 digitally mastered DVD's from the ORIGINAL films and negatives. ONLY from Something Weird Video. Hurray, America! Gosh, we were cool back then." [Distributor's description].

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Losers and Winners
A look at the dismantling of the Kaiserstuhl coke factory in Germany's Ruhr Valley. Despite being only eight years old, the factory was shut down and sold to a Chinese investor when importing coke became less expensive than producing it. The film shows the Chinese workers sent over to take the plant apart for later reconstruction in China, and looks at the conflict of cultures between themselves and the German shutdown managers during the ensuing eighteen months. Directed by Ulrike Franke, Michael Loeken. 2006. 96 min. DVD X1981

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Making Sense of Free Trade
Steve Brier discusses the complex labor and economic issues involved in ratification of NAFTA with Edgar De Jesus of the NY Board of ACTWU, and Peter Connelly, UAW Local 664. 1993. 30 min. Video/C 7700

Marx for Beginners
An animated, tongue-in-cheek look at Karl Marx's philosophy and its origins. A film by Bob Godfrey and Cucumber Studios. 1978. 7 min. DVD 4514

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Marxist Philosophy
Charles Taylor, a founder of the New Left Movement in Britain, discusses the appeal of Marxism, its flaws, and how its theories relate to the practice of Communism. Dist: Films Media Group. 1976. 46 min. Video/C 8345

Money and Power: The History of Business
Presents the history of business and capitalism over the past 1,000 years -- the transfer of money and power from church and crown to today's international network of businesses. Includes such landmark events as the birth of modern banking, joint stock companies and the Federal Reserve System; the Industrial Revolution; the assemblyline; the Transcontinental Railroad; the movie theater and computer. Some of the personalities featured include: Godric Finchale, King Philip II of Spain, Marco Polo, James Watt, Collis Huntington, Henry Ford, J. P Morgan, John D. Rockefeller, Henry Luce and Bill Gates. 2000. 90 min. DVD 9539 [preservation copy]; vhs Video/C 8150

The Nature of Business
As corporations continue to think globally, the rapidly deteriorating state of the environment is demanding that they act locally-- now. This program brings together the president of the World Bank and visionary corporate leaders to map out a plan for a sustainable future that everyone can live with. Also looks at three corporations dedicated to sustainable development and environmental protection. 2003. 28 min. DVD 1963

The New Heroes: Their Bottom Line Is Lives.
Originally broadcast on PBS stations in 2005. 60 min. each installment DVD 4495

Episode 1, Dreams of Sanctuary. Tells the stories of social entrepreneurs who are helping the desperate, the destitute and the determined to make a new beginning -- from Moses Zulu's home and school for AIDS orphans in Zambia to Mimi Silbert's San Francisco based Delancey Street foundation, which helps drug addicts and criminals turn their lives around. This episode also travels to India to follow Kailash Satyarthi on a slave camp raid to rescue children forced into slavery.

Episode 2, Technology of Freedom. Tells the stories of "compassionate capitalists," who have created self-sustaining businesses to maximize human benefit, not profit. These include Martin Fisher and Nick Moon the founders or ApproTEC, who invented an economical water pump to assist Africa's farmers, and Fabio Rosa, a modern Brazilian cowboy who battles government monopolies to bring electricity to remote regions of Brazil. In India, Govindappa Venkatswamy is working with David Green, to apply the latest industrial techniques to make sight-saving surgery available to the poor.

Episode 3, Power of Enterprise. Looks at how social entrepreneurs are working to break the cycle of poverty by empowering people to earn a living. Among them is Muhammad Yunus, a.k.a, "the banker to the poor," whose Grameen Bank has provided billions to families in Bangladesh and inspired similar credit operations in a hundred countries. This episode also travels to Peru, where Albina Ruiz Rios, founder of Ciudad Saludable, has been forming micro-enterprises to clean up garbage that is contaminating water and causing disease in poor neighborhoods. Finally it ventures into the violence-plagued slums of Rio de Janeiro where Maria Teresa Leal leads the Coopa-Roca sewing cooperative, a fair labor shop that creates clothes for the high-fashion world.

Episode 4, Power of Knowledge. Looks at people who are working to improve lives by creating opportunities for education for children who are often left to fend for themselves. Among them are Sompop Jantraka, who has started a school for young Thai girls with the goal of saving them from entering into prostitution, and Dina Abdel Wahab who has started schools in Egypt for the nation's often-neglected children with disabilities. In Calcutta, Inderjit Khurana has set out to bring education to children who beg in the train stations -- setting up a school right on the railway platforms.

The New Rulers of the World
John Pilger looks at how globalization has increased the gap between the very rich and the very poor. In particular he presents Indonesia as an example of how globalization and corrupt government has thrown millions of people into poverty and how multinational corporations support the abuse of workers in sweatshops. 2001. 53 min. Video/C 9271

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The Next Industrial Revolution: William McDonough, Michael Braungart and the Birth of the Sustainable Economy
Tells the story of the movement led by architect Bill McDonough and chemist Michael Braungart to bring together ecology and human design. Explores how businesses are transforming themselves to work with nature and profitability. 2001. 55 min. DVD 1190

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Politics of Food. (1988) 20 min. each installment.

The Food Machine. Discusses the farm crisis in the United States in which small farms are being bought by large corporations. This pattern has been transplanted to underdeveloped countries, such as the Sudan resulting in increased food costs and a destabilizing of the rural population. DVD X993 [preservation copy]; vhs Video/C 5935

The Avoidable Famine. Examines the impact of changes in traditional farming methods on the economy of Sudan. When the Sudan was a colony of Great Britain, the best farm land was used to grow cotton but a drop in cotton prices in the 1970's dictated a return to traditional food crops, which made the Sudan self-sufficient in food. Then the International Monetary Fund insisted that the nation return to growing cotton as a condition for making loans to the Sudan. Cotton prices remained low and the nation was forced to import grain from the U.S.--thus pushing the Sudan deeper into debt while the people starved. DVD X994 [preservation copy]; vhs Video/C 5936

Sharing the Land. Discusses the costs of rapid industrial expansion in Brazil and the need for land reform. Brazil's "economic miracle" of the 1970's was supposed to "trickle down" to the poorest segments of the population but only the top 10% of the population benefitted from the economic policy, while the gap between rich and poor grew. The resulting huge debt has caused an even greater emphasis on the export of food, causing shortages and higher prices in Brazil. DVD X995 [preservation copy]; vhs Video/C 5937

The Hunger Business. Film examines how the international trade of agricultural products effects underdeveloped nations. The U.S., as the world's dominant producer of cerealgrains, is an important player in the global trade of food. Grain exports are seen in the U.S. as a good way of eliminating agricultural surpluses but food aid can prevent poor nations from becoming self-sufficient because the government of those nations has no incentive to develop policies to increase food production. DVD X996 [preservation copy]; vhs Video/C 5938

A Question of Aid. Discusses the different approaches to the problem of hunger in Kerala, india and Bangladesh. In Kerala government-run "fair price shops" assure that every person can afford basic nutrition and government developed programs assure high standards of health, education and birth control. Bangladesh, however, is heavily dependent on foreign aid, most of which is used to support the urban middle class while the rural poor remain malnourished, uneducated and trapped in a cycle of poverty. DVD 9827 [preservation copy]; vhs Video/C 5939

Power of Place: World Regional Geography.
A telecourse designed to build understanding of geography by examining eleven regions of the world and their interconnections. Each program contains case studies which characterize an individual region. 1995. 58 min. each installment.

Power of Place: Introduction. Video/C 4312
Europe: Confronting New Challenges, [Pt.1]. Video/C 4313
Europe: Confronting New Challenges, [Pt.2].. Video/C 4314
Russia's Fracturing Federation. Video/C 4315
North America: The Post-Industrial Transformation, [Pt.1]. Video/C 4316
North America: The Post-Industrial Transformation, [Pt.2]. Video/C 4317
The Geographic Dynamic of the Pacific Rim, [Pt.2]. Video/C 4318
South America: Continent of Contrasts. Video/C 4319
North Africa/Southwest Asia: The Challenge of Islam. Video/C 4320
Sub-Saharan Africa : Realm of Reversals. Video/C 4321
South Asia: Aspiring India. Video/C 4322
China and its Sphere, [Pt.2]. Video/C 4323
Southeast Asia: Between the Giants. Video/C 4324

The Rise of Disaster Capitalism
In a lecture and an interview, Naomi Klein discusses the principles and practice of unrestrained free enterprise, its effects on the world's populations, and what people can do to countervail it. Explains the ideas and research behind her book "Shock doctrine : the rise of disaster capitalism" (Business & Economics; Moffitt HB95 .K54 2007) c2009. 77 min. DVD X4247

Whatever Happened to Marx?
Examines the impact of Marxism throughout the world from the Russian Revolution to today's Third World nations. Discusses the roots of Marx's theories and how and where they have been implemented. 1983. 26 min. DVD 7443 [preservation copy]; vhs Video/C 8345

The World Bank / The International Monetary Fund

The Big Sellout
Traveling throughout both the developing and industrialized world, this documentary brings the viewer face-to-face with the architects of the reigning world economic order, as well as with the people bearing the brunt of their policies. The film shows how international financial institutions such as the IMF and the World Bank demand draconian cuts in public spending, the privatization of public services and market liberalization as the path to economic development. Directed by Florian Opitz 2006. 95 min. DVD 8836

Breaking the Bank
Through interviews with demonstration organizers, protestors and journalists, documents the issues surrounding the protests against the WTO and IMF meetings in Seattle and in Washington D.C. 2000. 74 min. Video/C MM155

The International Monetary Fund: Financial Cure or Catastrophe?
This program highlights the Asian crisis with particular reference to Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand, in which the International Monetary Fund's one-size-fits-all policy recommendations and faulty judgment apparently worsened the economies it hoped to assist. Issues such as conflicts of interest, charges of corruption, and political heavy-handedness are prompting the Cato Institute and others to call for an end to the IMF. 1999. 36 min. Video/C 7289

Is America # One?
Looks at what factors made the United States and Hong Kong, a tiny yet extremely dynamic geopolitical entity, so economically successful and its citizens prosperous as compared to other countries in the world -- and why similar success eludes India and other countries. Originally shown on television as ABC News special. c2000. 41 min. Video/C 9117

Millennium: The IMF in the New Century.
Each segment 18-19 min. c2001.

An Introduction to the IMF This program explains how the IMF (International Monetary Fund) is structured and illustrates how it sets policy. The program also uses archival footage to examine the dual birth of the IMF and the World Bank and to explore the vision of its founding members: John Maynard Keynes, Harry Dexter White and Henry Morgenthau. 18 min. Video/C 7801

How the IMF Tracks Economies and Makes Loans. How does the International Monetary Fund decide who gets a loan? This program describes how the IMF monitors national economic policies for their impact on the Fund's 180-plus member nations and how loans are made to ailing or emerging economies. Topics under consideration include Article IV consultations and poverty- and debt-reduction initiatives. 18 min. Video/C 7802

Argentina: A Work in Progress. By the end of the 1980s, Argentina was caught in a perilous vortex of hyperinflation. This program analyzes Argentina's remarkable recovery, in which the nation's leaders turned to the IMF for advice and a loan of $3.4 billion. Presents the measures taken to stabilize the economy, including establishing a currency board, deregulating and privatizing key industries, and reforming the labor market. Also includes discussion of the ripple effects of economic crises in Mexico, Brazil and Russia. 18 min. Video/C 7803

Korea: Conquering a Crisis. In 1997, Korea was brought to the verge of economic collapse. Using intensive crisis management and a historic bailout of $21 billion, Korea quickly began to reverse the effects of a buildup of bad banking debt and excessive short-term borrowing. This program examines the measures used to engineer Korea's amazing come back such as adjusting interest rates, creating new bank lending practices and encouraging corporate debt reduction. 19 min. Video/C 7804

The Money Lender$: The World Bank & International Monetary Fund: a Global Report.
Discusses the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund and the effects of the loans given to real people in real places. Travels to Bolivia, Ghana, Brazil, Thailand, the Philippine Islands, and Mexico to show how the money has been used and the consequences of those loans. 1991. 82 min. Video/C 6341; updated version (2000) DVD 7173

One World, One Economy: Pulling It Together -- The IMF
Describes the International Monetary Fund and how it works, including examples of Mexico (promoting growth), Poland (opening the economy), and Ghana (facing hardships in Sub-Saharan Africa). c1990. 28 min. Video/C MM629

To Our Credit.
A two part documentary that explores microcredit, an exciting new strategy to combat global poverty. c1998. 55 min. each.

Part 1: Bootstrap Banking and the World. Part 1 explores microcredit in developing countries where many must create their own jobs, often with little or no capital. Microcredit addresses their needs by making small loans for self-improvement -- often with remarkable results. Over fifteen million people now receive microloans. In English and local dialects with English voiceovers and subtitles. Video/C 6314

Part 2: Bootstrap Banking in America. Part 2 provides an in-depth look at the human side of microenterprise development for low income Americans left behind in a booming economy, for whom self-employment is the best or only option. Hundreds of organizations are providing them with small loans, business training and access to markets. Video/C 6315

Two Trevors Go to Washington
An incisive and entertaining account of the April 16, 2000 International Monetary Fund and World Bank meetings and protests in Washington, D.C. as experienced through the eyes of two opposing South Africans, both veterans of the anti-apartheid struggle, who differ strongly on economic issues. On the inside is South African Finance Minister Trevor Manuel, the champion of South Africa's conservative economic policy introduced in 1996. On the streets: Johannesburg activist Trevor Ngwane who joined the protestors in the streets to call for immediate debt forgiveness and the closure of the international financial institutions. 2000. 34 min. Video/C 7593

The World Bank: The Great Experiment
A two part series showing the inner workings of the World Bank by examining its dealings with Uganda for an economic development project.

Part 1: Tug of War. Part 1 examines actual footage of closed-door meetings and conversations between Ugandan officials and officials of the World Bank providing insights into the negotiations process. 50 min. Video/C 5847

Part 2: Mountains of Debt. Part 2 focuses on Uganda's attempt to escape its spiral of poverty and the World Bank's efforts to prove that it is the international agency best placed to create a new beginning for Uganda. c1997. 50 min. Video/C 5848

The World Bank Story
Describes the operations of the World Bank and its role in improving the standard of living in developing countries by providing loans and technical assistance. 1991. 20 min. Video/C 9907

World Banking
Illustrates how the World Bank is at the leading edge of sustainable development; examines the Bank's new thrusts for the 1990's; looks specifically at Barber Conable's plans for focusing the Bank's resources on the economic development of emerging economies and protecting the environment. 1991. 30 min. Video/C MM547

The World Trade Organization

Battle in Seattle (2007)
Director, Stuart Townsend. Cast: André Benjamin, Jennifer Carpenter, Woody Harrelson, Martin Henderson, Ray Liotta, Michelle Rodriguez, Channing Tatum, Charlize Theron, Connie Nielsen, Rade Serbedzija. November, 1999. A peaceful demonstration to stop the World Trade Oraganization talks quickly escalates into a full-scale riot, and soon a State of Emergency is declared by the Mayor of Seattle. The streets are mayhem, and the WTO is paralyzed. Caught in the crossfire of civil liberties and keeping the peace are Seattle residents, including its beleaguered mayor, a SWAT riot officer on the streets and his pregnant wife. The choices they all make will change their lives forever. 98 min. DVD X1468
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Breaking the Bank
Through interviews with demonstration organizers, protestors and journalists, documents the issues surrounding the protests against the WTO and IMF meetings in Seattle and in Washington D.C. 2000. 74 min. Video/C MM155

Globalization and the World Trade Organization: Debate.
Panel participants: Ralph Nader, Paul Magnusson, David Aaron, Jagdish Bhagwati, Vandana Shiva, John Cavanagh, R. Scott Miller. A debate on the pros and cons of the World Trade Organization. Proponents of the WTO argue that membership benefits the economy, could further democratic institutions in developing countries through regulation and that WTO rules and regulations provide sufficient protections for consumers, workers and the environment. Opponents argue that the WTO is beholden to corporate interests and brokered agreements which do not provide sufficient protections for workers, provide lower standards of environmental protection, and create great disparities in wealth. C-SPAN Archives; Taped on Nov. 30, 1999. 120 min. Video/C 7265

Kilometer 0
Looks at the protest against the World Trade Organization meeting held in Cancun, Mexico in September 2003. "The WTO's Cancun is a thin strip of hotels looking out over the sea with its back to the city and the jungle. It is an illusion of a place outside of history and geography - where there is no poverty, no memory, and no need to change your dollars. This illusion is the big lie of power: a lie that is repeated and enforced in different ways in different places, that sustains and is sustained by massive systemic violence." -- Film introduction. 2003. 58 min. Video/C MM336

Life and Debt
Set in Jamaica, this film is a case study of how contemporary free trade policies and global financial institutions such as the International Monetary Fund, World Bank and World Trade Organization affect the economies of developing nations. Includes interviews with IMF Deputy Director Stanley Fischer, Haitian president Jean-Bertrand Aristide, Jamaica's former Prime Minister Michael Manley as well as tourists, farmers, Rastafarians, factory workers and others. Based on "A small place" by Jamaica Kincaid. Director, Stephanie Black. c2001. 86 min. DVD 1793; vhs Video/C 9116

Chang, Jeff. "Life and Debt" Mother Jones, Nov/Dec2001, Vol. 26 Issue 6, p82 UC users only
Frank, Dana. "Life and Debt" Labor History; Nov2002, Vol. 43 Issue 4, p583-592, 10p UC users only
"Life and Debt" New Internationalist, May2003, Issue 356, p31, 1/8p, 1 UC users only
Pettifor, Ann. "Life and Debt" Sight & Sound, May2003, Vol. 13 Issue 5, p55-56, 2p UC users only
Shriar, Avrum J. "Life and Debt" Journal of Latin American Geography, 2005, Vol. 4 Issue 2, p131-133, 3p UC users only
Thorkelson, Nick. "Life and Debt" Dollars & Sense, May/Jun2002, Issue 241, p28, 2p UC users only

Paint it Black: Anarchism, Urban Uprising, and the Mainstream News Media
A documentary made in response to the corporate media's portrayal of anarchists since the anti-corporate globalization protests and riots against the WTO in Seattle. There is some excellent dissection of media footage of anarchists, along with an attempt to theoretically frame strategies of anti-capitalist resistance, the Black Bloc and problems of race and the other. 2001. 56 min. Video/C MM1138

The Shock Doctrine
The Shock Doctrine seeks to explain the rise of disaster capitalism: the exploitation in moments of crisis of vulnerable countries by governments and big business. When countries are jolted by catastrophic events such as war or natural disasters, they are often subjected to totally unregulated 'free market' remedies that benefit corporations at public expense. This film traces the doctrine's beginnings in the radical theories of Milton Friedman and it's subsequent implementation in the past 40 years in countries as disparate as Augusto Pinochet's Chile, Boris Yeltsin's Russia, Margaret Thatcher's Great Britain, and most recently through the invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq. Directed by Mat Whitecross & Michael Winterbottom. 2009. 78 min. DVD X6852

Showdown in Seattle: Five Days that Shook the WTO
An on-the-ground, non-corporate perspective and in-depth analysis of the demonstrations against the meeting of the World Trade Organization in 1999. A five part presentation composed of segments shot on location in downtown Seattle during Nov. 29-Dec. 4, 1999 by a collaboration of video producers from around the United States reporting on the WTO meetings, world trade issues, popular resistance and police response to the demonstrators. Contents: WTO prelude, Nov. 29, 1999 -- People unite, police riot, Nov 30, 1999 -- Occupied Seattle, Dec. 1, 1999 -- Unwilling captives, Dec. 2, 1999 -- What democracy looks like, Dec. 3, 1999. 150 min. Video/C 7271

Wilson, Margaret Gibbons; Gilman, Herman. "Showdown in Seattle: Five Days That Shook the WTO." Labor Studies Journal, Summer2004, Vol. 29 Issue 2, p111-113, 3p UC users only

30 Frames a Second: The WTO in Seattle
Journalist Rustin Thompson takes his camera into the fray of the protests and riots that erupted during the week of the WTO conference in Seattle in November 1999. Includes up-close footage of protesters, police, delegates and bureaucrats, capturing the passion, confusion and anger of everyone involved. c2000. 72 min. DVD 7469; vhs Video/C 7631

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This is What Democracy Looks Like
Composed of film segments shot by over 100 media activists during the 1999 World Trade Organization's Ministerial meeting in Seattle when human rights activists, environmentalists, indigenous people, labor activists, fair trade proponents, people of faith, union workers, farmers, students and teachers from more than 700 organizations took to the streets to protest against the meeting. Directed and produced by Jill Freidberg, Rick Rowley. c2000. 67 min. DVD 3575; Video/C 7705

WTO, A Threat to Humanity
Presents an in-depth look at the history and current policies of the World Trade Organization. Among the issues discussed are NAFTA's impact on corn production in Mexico, the effects of genetically modified seeds on world agricultural systems, agricultural subsidies in developed countries and their negative impact on food production in developing countries, intellectual property and patents on indigenous plants and knowledge, privatization of natural resources and competition for cheap labor. 2003. Video/C MM853

The Yes Men
A comedic documentary which follows The Yes Men, a small group of prankster activists, as they gain world-wide notoriety for impersonating the World Trade Organization on television and at business conferences around the world. The film begins when two members of The Yes Men, Andy and Mike, set up a website that mimics the World Trade Organization's --and it's mistaken for the real thing. They play along with the ruse and soon find themselves invited to important functions as WTO representatives. Delighted to represent the organization they politically oppose, Andy and Mike don thrift-store suits and set out to shock unwitting audiences with darkly comic satire that highlights the worst aspects of global free trade. Directed by Chris Smith, Dan Ollman, Sarah Price. 2003. 82 min. DVD X19

The Yes Men Fix the World
"The film consists of a several pranks on major corporations and governmental agencies that are performed by Andy Bichlbaum and Mike Bonanno (in real life Jacques Servin & Igor Vamos) who fancy themselves serious anti-globalization activists. The two pose as executives from Exxon, Dow Chemical, Halliburton and the H.U.D. They give faux corporate interviews pretending to be DOW executives in which they supposedly announce setting up a $12 billion fund for the victims of the 1984 Bhopal disaster that killed 1,773 people. The BBC fell for this prank and aired the faux interview. This caused DOW's stock plummet. Our mindless heroes celebrate their power, but fail to realize that most of DOW's stock is held by pension funds; in other words, regular working class retirees. The dynamic duo conveniently found a few such victims who claimed to enjoy the hoax and its impact on DOW's stock. " [IMDB] 87 min. 2008. DVD X2722

Barr, Mallory. "The Yes Men Fix the World" Peace Review, Oct-Dec2010, Vol. 22 Issue 4, p482-484, 3p UC users only
Diones, Bruce. "The Yes Men Fix the World" New Yorker, 10/19/2009, Vol. 85 Issue 33, p22-24, 2p UC users only
Lerner, Michael. "The Yes Men Fix the World" Tikkun, Nov/Dec2009, Vol. 24 Issue 6, p15-79, 4p UC users only
Osmond, Andrew. "The Yes Men Fix the World" Sight & Sound, Aug2009, Vol. 19 Issue 8, p82-82, 1p UC users only
Smith, Damon. "Jus Say Oui." Bright Lights Film Journal, Nov2009, Issue 66, p1-4, 4p
Stern, Reuben. "The Yes Men Fix the World"Journal of Mass Media Ethics, Oct-Dec2009, Vol. 24 Issue 4, p310-311, 2p UC users only

North America

American Jobs
Independently produced and based on 80 hours of interviews, this documentary explores the impact of low-wage foreign competition on America's workers, families and communities. From the textile mills of North Carolina to the Softward hub of Seattle, displaced workers share their stories and their concern for America's future. Produced and directed by Greg Spotts. 2004. 62 min. DVD 3658

Anatomy of a Corporate Takeover.(Ethics in America; 5)
A panel of prominent Americans in the fields of business, law, and economics discuss ethics as they relate to corporate takeovers. They consider what responsibility is owed to shareholders, investors, employees, consumers, and the public, and whether there should be a sense of fairness in the corporate world. 1989. 58 min. Video/C 1657

The Beauty Backlash
With it's "Real beauty" marketing campaign, the Dove brand struck a chord with women skeptical of unhealthy or absurd standards of attractiveness. This program investigates consumer reactions against the idealized images of beauty promoted by TV, movies, and glossy magazines, while exploring the complex relationship between corporate strategy and feminine self-esteem. What are the implications for the global cosmetics and fashion industries? High-level insights concerning Dove, L'Oreal, and advertising giant Saatchi & Saatchi provide a fascinating departure point for a socioeconomic discourse. Dist.: Films Media Group. 2007. 30 min. DVD 8871

The Big Mac Under Attack
Hungry consumers in America and abroad are losing their appetite for the world's largest fast food company and are seeking healthy alternatives such as Subway. Is McDonald's a brand on the verge of collapse, or can it be revitalized? McDonald's accepts that there are problems, but is determined to fix them. The plan? More customers, more often. c2004. 38 min. DVD 3949

The Big One
Michael Moore armed only with a camera and a sharp sense of humor is searching America's heartland for an executive who will respond to the question: If Fortune 500 companies are posting record-setting profits, why do they continue laying off thousands of workers? Written and directed by Michael Moore. 1997. 90 min. Video/C 9825

The Billionaires' Tea Party
From the tea parties to healthcare and climate change, America's conservative citizens revolted against President Obama's reform agenda. But just how real were the roots of this supposedly grassroots uprising? Was it, in fact, an example of 'astroturfing', which is the practice of manufacturing citizens groups for the purpose of delivering corporate messages? Curious to find out, Australian filmmaker Taki Oldham went undercover to investigate. What he found was astroturfing on a scale greater than he could have imagined. This film offers a look at how corporate elites are exploiting the anxieties of ordinary Americans. Director/producer, Taki Oldham. 2010. 56 min. DVD X5507

Boom: The Sound of Eviction
Explores the relationships between the dot-com boom and bust and community displacement and gentrification in the San Francisco Bay Area. Features interviews with dot-com workers, developers, the Mayor, and the community that challenged their new economic order. 2001. 96 min. Video/C 8697

The Bottom Line: Privatizing the World
This program challenges the rush by big business to commodify the world's common resources - things as basic as drinkable water and human genes. Examines issues such as exporting water from Canada, creation and use of hybrid seed crops, patenting the BRCA1 gene sequence, dispensing generic versions of patented HIV medications, and drafting international trade agreements that override environmental laws. 2002. 54 min. DVD 2027

Cartoon$ Make a Mint
Five of John Sutherland's classic economic/industrial information films. Contents: Meet King Joe (1949, 10 min.) -- It's everybody's business (1954, 20 min.) -- Going places (1948, 9 min.) -- Make mine freedom (1948, 10 min.) -- Leap frog (aka. Why play leap frog?) (1949, 9 min.).

Meet King Joe: This animated feature presents "King Joe, " as the average American working man who, by virtue of his high wages and short hours, is king of the world's workers. It's everybody's business: Animated film depicting employees and employee rights and the spirit of free enterprise in America. Consumerism, advertising and taxation are covered. Going places: This animated film depicts the growth of business and industry and its effects on the community. Supply and demand, profits and employee working conditions are explored. Make mine freedom: A salesman tries to sell the snake oil of "Ism" to characters emblematic of the four commercial interests of this country: management, labor, politicians and farmers. John Q. Public objects when this "Ism" is taken at face value, and illustrates what would happen to America if we signed over our freedom for all the good things [totalitarian]"Ism" offers. Leap frog: King Joe gets an education on how much material costs really are: not simply the raw material costs, but the cost of labor. The solution to the rising cost of labor is productivity improvement, which gives Joe a brainstorm, his boss a proposal, investors an opportunity and lower prices with higher wages for all!. 58 min. DVD 2650

Change Makers: The Struggle for Consumer Rights
Traces the history of the struggle to obtain and defend consumer rights in the United States since World War II. Based on fascinating interviews with prominent consumer leaders from the fields of education, government and consumer activism, this is history told by those who lived it. Their words are combined with archival footage of the events described, to illustrate often heroic efforts on behalf of the American consumer. 1995. 56 min. Video/C 4958

Cola Conquest
1998. 50 min. each installment

The Big Sell. Coca-Cola, invented by a Civil War veteran, is the most recognized brand name on earth. First sold as a patent tonic, its second owner, Asa Griggs Candler, used mass market advertising to make it America's most popular soft drink. Coca-Cola spawned many imitators, among them Pepsi-Cola. In the 1960's, with its "Pepsi generation" slogan and successful Michael Jackson ad, Pepsi challenges Coke, and the cola wars begin. DVD X7217; Video/C 8972

Cola War and Peace. Details the rivalry between Coca-Cola and Pepsi for most of this century. When the American army went to Europe in World War II, Coca-Cola went with it, and became identified with American patriotism. The chairman of Coca-Cola was involved in the presidential campaigns of Dwight Eisenhower, and the chairman of Pepsi in Richard Nixon's. Pepsi enjoyed a monopoly in Russia during the 1970s. With glasnost and the fall of the Berlin Wall, Coke and Pepsi compete as equals for emerging markets worldwide. DVD X7217; Video/C 8973

Coca-colonization Reveals the marketing strategies used by Coca-Cola from the 1980's on, as it becomes the No. 1 soft drink in the world, and pursues its goal of becoming the No. 2 beverage. From selling Coca-Cola at a loss in poor countries to sponsorship of the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, it succeeds. But as new markets open to Americanization, there are political consequences, as Guatemala and Burma show. DVD X7217; Video/C 8974

Cola Wars: Message in a Bottle
What happens when the world's biggest brand collides with the world's largest religion? This program examines how brand identity is influenced by consumer perception through the struggle between Coca-Cola, icon of American culture, and rivals Qibla Cola and Mecca Cola for market share in Muslim locales. c2004. 50 min. DVD 4620

Cold War Free Enterprise: In Our Hands
Contents: How we got what we have (1950, 21 min.) -- What we have (1950, 14 min.) -- How to lose what we have (1950, 14 min.) -- How to keep what we have (1950, 11 min.).

How we got what we have: Looks at the role of tools, manpower and natural resources in the development of America's industries through the adventures of a young married couple who travel back in time to the stone age and discover just how tough life can be without machine tools. What we have: Looks at the free enterprise system by showing in detail all the profit-generating steps involved in the production of the common housewife's frying pan, taking the audience thereby through nearly the entire run of the American marketing process. How to lose what we have: The Communists inevitably rear their menacing heads to thwart all the prosperity free enterprise brings about by means of the excessive federal controls they institute after staging a successful coup. How to keep what we have: A clear statement that laissez faire government and private sector control of labor and resources is the only sure formula for successful immunization against the virus of communism. Four films originally released by Wilding Picture Productions in 1950. DVD 2652

The Corporation.
In this acclaimed documentary, Noam Chomksy and the Media, 40 corporate insiders and critics, including Michael Moore, Noam Chomsky, No Logo author Naomi Klein and Nobel Prize-winning economist Milton Friedman, explore the nature and spectacular rise of the most pervasive institution of our time. Combining analysis with footage from advertising, television news and industrial films, The Corporation is an entertaining and provocative look at the inner workings, curious history, controversial impacts and possible futures of the modern business corporation. Based on the book, "The corporation: the pathological pursuit of profit and power" by Joel Bakan. Directed by Mark Achbar and Jennifer Abbott. Special features: Disc 1: Q's and A's (i.e., Qs and As): video interviews with the filmmakers from radio TV and theaters; Janeane Garofolo interviews writer Joel Bakan (from Air America's Majority Report); two filmmaker audio commentaries; Grassroots marketing presentation; eight deleted scenes; trailer -- Disc 2: 5 hours of additional footage of The Corporations's 40 interviewees. Disc 1. The film (145 min.) -- Disc 2. The interviews (ca. 5 hrs.) 2004. Disc 1. The film (145 min.) -- Disc 2. The interviews (ca. 5 hrs.) 2004. 145 min. DVD 3058 DVD 3058 ; DVD 9932; Copy 2 (without extras)

American Library Association Video Round Table Notable Videos for Adults
Sundance Film Festival - Audience Award World Cinema, Documentary

Niskanen, Eija. "The Corporation." Film International, 2004, Vol. 2 Issue 9, p4-7, 4p UC users only
Weinberger, Seth. "The Corporation." Political Communication, Apr-Jun2006, Vol. 23 Issue 2, p250-252, 3p UC users only
West, Dennis; West, Joan M. "The Life and Times of the Corporation: An Interview with Jennifer Abbott." Cineaste, vol. 30, no. 1, pp. 28-33, Winter 2004 UC users only

Cutting to the Core: Albert J. Dunlap with Hedrick Smith
On Wall Strteet, no one has earned a bigger reputation for cutting companies down to size than corporate turn-around artist Albert J. Dunlap. He parachutes into troubled companies, cuts them to the core, and jump-starts their stock. His strategy is to boost the bottom line with swift, deep layoffs; sell off divisions; and move production to lower-wage states, or better yet, abroad. 1998. 30 min. Video/C 5502

Dotcoms Gone Bust
Through interviews with dotcom employees and venture capitalists, examines what prompted otherwise responsible investors and stock analysts to buy into the visions of the Internet dream and dotcom mania. Tracks the fortunes of and after the Internet bubble burst. Looks at bottom-feeder, which is profiting from the tech wreck, and, which sold out to AOL before the dotcom bomb. c2001. 23 min. Video/C 9082

The Downside of Downsizing
Explores the negative effects of corporate downsizing and its often debilitating social and economic effects. Victims and survivors of the downsizing ax describe its effects on the individual and on office morale. The program examines the fact that most downsizings have failed to produce the promised improvements to company performance, and talks with the CEO of a company who feels downsizing did improve results. Performer: J. Wintermans (CEO). 1996. 26 min. Video/C 465

Dreams on Hold
Investigates changes in the American standard of living, showing that the gap between rich and poor is growing alarmingly and that the nation's middle class is actually shrinking. Profiles a number of people at varying levels of the economic scale and examines the effects of such trends as underemployment, the shift to a service economy, and the dependence of families on two paychecks. Produced, directed and written by Robert Gardner. 1986. 20 min. Video/C MM823

Economics U.S.A.
28 min. each installment 1985.

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Economics U.S.A.: Lesson 1, Resources and Scarcity: What's Economics All About? Film introduces this television series on introductory economics by illustrating how unlimited wants and scarce resources lead to trade-offs and choices. As examples film looks at the conflict between petroleum production and conservation of wilderness areas in Alaska, at hard economic decisions mandated by the depression of 1929 and examines government regulation of the textile industry. Video/C 1229:1-2 pt. 1

Economics U.S.A.: Lesson 2, Markets: Do They Meet Our Needs? As examples of a well-functioning, free-market system, film looks at housing problems after WWII and the development of the first "housing project", Levittown, the history of the steel industry in the United States and the salaries of baseball players. Video/C 1229:1-2 Pt. 2

Economics U.S.A.: Lesson 3, U.S. Economic Growth:What is GNP? Examines how the gross national product of the United States is measured. As examples film looks at the depression of 1929 and the development of the concept of the GNP, the marshalling of the economy to meet the needs of the WWII effort, and the development of the environmental protection movement. This film begins the macroeconomics sequence of the series. Video/C 1229: 3-4 Pt. 3

Economics U.S.A.: Lesson 4, Boom and bust: Who Can Explain the Business Cycle?Introduces the concepts of aggregate supply and aggregate demand in relationship to the business cycle. Economists examine the ideas of various economic theorists concerning supply and demand including those of Karl Marx, Joseph Schumpeter and John Maynard Keynes. Video/C 1229:3-4 Pt. 4

Economics U.S.A.: Lesson 5, John Maynard Keynes: What Did We Learn from the Great Depression? Using John Maynard Keynes's economic theories, various economists analyze the depression of 1929-1938 in terms of the interaction of consumption spending and investment spending, and show how this analysis differs from classical theory. Video/C 1229:5-6 Pt. 5

Economics U.S.A.: Lesson 6, Fiscal Policy: Can We Control the Economy? Explains how a government can use tax and spending policies to reduce the severity of business cycle fluctuations. Economists discuss how four U.S. presidents and their economic advisors manipulated the economy in an effort to create full employment for all citizens. Video/C 1229:5-6 Pt. 6
Economics U.S.A.: Lesson 7, Inflation: How Did the Spiral Begin? Explains the causes of the inflation of the late 1960s, its impact on the economy, and the difficulties of fighting it. Video/C 1229:7-8 Pt. 7

Economics U.S.A.: Lesson 8, Banking System: Why Must it be Protected?Shows how banks operate and how the FDIC (by insuring deposits) and the Federal Reserve Bank (by acting as a lender of last resort) keep bank failures from becoming bank crises. Examines the role of risky investments in the copper industry and petroleum industry which caused 2 banks to fail, the Knickerbocker Trust Comnpany in New York and the Penn Square Bank in Oklahoma. Video/C 1229:7-8 Pt. 8

Economics U.S.A.: Lesson 9, Federal Reserve: Does Money Matter? Explains how the Federal Reserve controls the money supply and influences the level of interest rates and inflation. Video/C 1229:9-10 Pt. 9

Economics U.S.A.: Lesson 10, Stagflation: Why Couldn't We Beat It? Shows how inflation and unemployment can rise simultaneously, creating the condition known as stagflation. Examines the role of the automobile industry and the Arab oil embargo in the escalation of stagflation. Video/C 1229:9-10 Pt. 10

Economics U.S.A.: Lesson 11, Productivity: Can We Get More for Less? Explains the factors that affect productivity growth including such diverse influences as the rise of the environmental conservation movement, technological innovations, an inexperienced workforce and taxation. Video/C 1229:11-12 Pt. 11

Economics U.S.A.: Lesson 12, Federal Deficits: Can We Live with Them?Explains how federal deficits can be either helpful or harmful depending on other conditions and the impact of the national debt on the economy of the nation from the 1930's to the present. Video/C 1229:11-12 Pt. 12
Economics U.S.A.: Lesson 13, Monetary Policy: How Well Does it Work? Explains how the money supply affects economic growth and inflation. Investigates inflation, recession and interest rates in the U.S. economy during the 1970's to mid-1980's. Video/C 1229:13-14 Pt. 13

Economics U.S.A.: Lesson 14, Stabilization Policy: Are We Still in Control? Presents the arguments for and against government policies to stabilize the economy. Examines entrenched inflation, the recession and impact of international trade on the U.S. economy during the 1980's. Video/C 1229:13-14 Pt. 14

Economics U.S.A.: Lesson 15, Firm: How Can It Keep Costs Down?Explains the concept of the production function by examining the success or failure of 3 corporations, Coca-Cola Company, Studebaker Corporation and Asbury Park Press in New Jersey. This lesson begins the microeconomics sequence of the series. Video/C 1229:15-16 Pt. 15

Economics U.S.A.: Lesson 16, Supply and Demand: What Sets the Prices?Gives an explanation of the factors that determine the quantity of goods demanded by consumers and the factors that determine the quantity of goods supplied. As examples film looks at the 7 year drought in California and the demand for water, the Arab oil embargo and the demand for gasoline and the marketing of designer jeans. Video/C 1229: 15-16 Pt. 16

Economics U.S.A.: Lesson 17, Perfect Competition and Inelastic Demand: Can the Farmer Make a Profit?Illustrates the concepts of perfect competition and the elasticity of supply and demand by examining the history of farming in 20th century America. Covers the impact of the depression on farmers and on the dairy industry, the impact of WWI and WWII on agricultural production and prices, the "New Deal", the soil bank, agricultural surpluses and subsidies for farmers. Video/C 1229:17-18 Pt. 17

Economics U.S.A.: Lesson 18, Economic Efficiency: What Price Controls? Explains that there is a definite cost to interfering with free-market prices, but there are circumstances that justify interference with the free market. As examples film explores wage and price freezes imposed by Nixon, the impact of price freezes on the beef cattle industry and the impact of rent control in New York City which resulted in the abandonment of buildings. Video/C 1229: 17-18 Pt. 18

Economics U.S.A.: Lesson 19, Monopoly: Who's in Control?Defines monopoly and explains that the degree to which a firm controls the market affects prices and economic efficiency. Examines the history of U.S. government responses to monopolies in the petroleum industry, in telephone companies and the photographic industry. Video/C 1229: 19-20 Pt. 19

Economics U.S.A.: Lesson 20, Oligopolies: Whatever Happened to Price Competition?Shows how oligopolies try to avoid price competition. The airline deregulation case study is revisited to consider the current impact of global competition on the airline industry. Also examines the history of the development of the automobile industry and price fixing in the Tennessee Valley Authority case. Video/C 1229: 19-20 Pt. 20

Economics U.S.A.: Lesson 21, Pollution: How Much is a Clean Environment Worth?Gives a definition of the concept of external diseconomy by illustrating how polluting the environment can adversely affect economic efficiency. Examines water pollution caused by the Reserve Mining Company, air pollution in Los Angeles and the push to reduce the amount of lead in gasoline to eliminate air pollution from car exhaust. Video/C 1229: 21-22 Pt. 21

Economics U.S.A.: Lesson 22, Labor and Management: How Do They Come to Terms?Explains how the demand for labor depends on the marginal value product and the real wage rate. As examples film examines labor struggles of immigrant garment workers in New York, the demise of the New York herald tribune and the role the union played in its collapse, and negotiations between workers and management in the automobile industry. Video/C 1229: 21-22 Pt. 22

Economics U.S.A.: Lesson 23, Profits and Interest: How Do You Get the Best Return? Explains the economic reasons for payments of interest and normal profits. Defines the causes of windfall profits. As examples explores the impact of interest rates on the housing market in Maryland, economic decisions made by General Motors Corporation and the founding and growth of Apple Computer, Inc. Video/C 1229: 23-24 Pt. 23

Economics U.S.A.: Lesson 24, Reducing Poverty: What Have We Done? Examines the causes of income inequality and analyzes government policies to reduce poverty. As examples looks at efforts by the federal government to alleviate poverty during the depression, the advent of social security and the welfare system and the problem of unemployment among young, undereducated Americans. Video/C 1229: 23-24 Pt. 24

Economics U.S.A.: Lesson 25, Economic Growth: Can We Keep Up the Pace? Examines how technological innovations and productivity have been the major determinants of the economy's growth in the twentieth century. As examples looks at the development of the Ford Motor Company, the evolution of telecommunication technology, and the utilization of natural resources as a necessary component of the U.S. economy. Video/C 1229: 25-26 Pt. 25

Economics U.S.A.: Lesson 26, Public Goods and Responsibilities: How Far Should We Go? Defines public goods and shows that a perfectly competitive market will not automatically result in the production of the proper amount of goods. As examples looks at the establishment of the Tennessee Valley Authority and its impact on private electrical companies, the economics of providing public health care for all, and the tax revolt in California culminating in the passage of Proposition 13. Video/C 1229: 25-26 Pt. 26

Economics U.S.A.: Lesson 27, International Trade: For Whose Benefit? Illustrates the concepts of specialization and comparative advantage and shows how international trade may hurt certain groups but benefit society as a whole. As examples examines the opening of trade with China after President Nixon's visit, the impact of Japanese car imports on the American auto industry and the impact of steel imports from Great Britain and Germany on the American steel industry. Video/C 1229: 27-28 Pt. 27

Economics U.S.A.: Lesson 28, Exchange Rates: What in the World is a Dollar Worth?Shows the effect of exchange rates on trade, domestic economic growth, and inflation. Examines the history of the development of flexible exchange rates including the U.N. Bretton Woods Conference, the Plaza Accord of 1985 and the Louvre Accord of 1987, with emphasis on how governments tried to control movements in the exchange rates in a flexible system. Video/C 1229: 27-28 Pt. 28

Enron Bankruptcy, 1
Live television coverage of government hearings concerning the bankruptcy of Enron Corporation. Mr. Powers testified about his investigation into financial practices at Enron and the responsibility of various board members in the finanacial collapse. Former Enron chairman and CEO, Kenneth Lay refused to answer questions, invoking his rights against self-incrimination under the Fifth Amendment to the Constitution. Testifying: Ernest Hollings (U.S. Senator), Byron L. Dorgan (U.S. Senator), Kenneth Lay (CEO, Enron), William Powers (Chairman, Enron Corp., Enron Spec. Invest. Comte). Originally broadcast by C-SPAN television on 02/12/2002. 3 videocassette (211 min.) Video/C 8781

The Collapse of Enron: A Bibliography of Online Legal, Government and Legislative Resources

Enron Bankruptcy, 2
Live television coverage of government hearings concerning the bankruptcy of Enron Corporation. Former VP of Enron Corp., Ms. Watkins testified before the committee answering questions about a memo she wrote to former Enron Executive Kenneth Lay in August 2001, and of her concerns about Enron accounting methods and financial stability. Testifying: James Greenwood (U.S. Representative), Sherron Watkins (VP, Enron Corp.). Originally broadcast by C-SPAN television on 02/14/2002. 3 videocassette (214 min.) Video/C 8782

The Collapse of Enron: A Bibliography of Online Legal, Government and Legislative Resources

Enron Financial Collapse Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee; Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee, Consumer Regulatory Affairs Subcommittee.
Testifying: Byron L. Dorgan (U.S. Senator), Jeffrey Skilling (President, Enron), Jeffrey McMahon (Chief Operating Officer, Enron), Sherron Watkins (VP, Enron). Live television coverage of government hearings concerning the bankruptcy of Enron Corporation. Presents testimony from current and former Enron executives before the Consumer and Regulatory Affairs Subcommittee. Originally broadcast by C-SPAN television on 02/26/2002. 314 min. Video/C 8780

The Collapse of Enron: A Bibliography of Online Legal, Government and Legislative Resources

Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room.
The inside story of one of history's greatest business scandals, in which top executives of America's seventh largest company walked away with over one billion dollars, while investors and employees lost everything. Special features: Feature commentary with writer/director Alex Gibney; deleted scenes; The making of "Enron: the smartest guys in the room"; conversations with Bethany McLean and Peter Elkind ; Firesign Theatre presents: "The fall of Enron"; additional Enron skits (selections from discovered scripts); "Higher definition": the Enron show; where are they now? gallery of Enron cartoons; the original Fortune magazine articles; an index of web sites with the latest information. Written and directed by Alex Gibney. Based on the book "The smartest guys in the room" by Peter Elkind and Bethany McLean (MAIN: HD9502.U54 E5763 2003; BUSI: HD9502.U54 E5763 2003; MOFF: HD9502.U54 E5763 2003). 2005. 110 min. DVD 5011

Ethics in Corporate America: A Crisis of Credibility.
This news program scrutinizes the state of business ethics in an America riddled with financial fraud. In segment one, correspondent Paul Solman and Columbia Business School's Barbara Toffler cite Arthur Andersen and Stew Leonard, Sr., as examples of ethics gone awry. Segment two gathers the opinions of veteran business journalists Adam Smith, Carol Loomis, Allan Sloan, Jim Grant, and Andrew Tobias on the practices of Enron, Tyco, Morgan Stanley, and Merrill Lynch. And, after summarizing the evolution of compensation models in the stock analysis industry, segment three examines the conflicts of interest that have led investment stock analysts astray. Originally broadcast as part of "The News Hour with Jim Lehrer", June 26-28, 2002. 35 min. DVD 1978

Executive Outcomes: The War Business
Tells the story of ferocious battles of the private army of mercenaries, Executive Outcomes, on hire to governments and multinational companies whose investments are being strangled by war. Looks at the battles in Angola, and Sierra Leone for blood diamonds ... of the Executive Outcomes PR machine at the world's biggest arms fair in Abu Dhabi and in discreet Pretoria houses back home in South Africa ... of the apartheid killers who put down rebel insurgencies at the behest of British military men ... of the recent crisis of Papua New Guinea in the South Pacific, where Executive Outcomes mercenaries are kicked out of the country and the government brought down ... of men who killed and of those they fought. A film by Mark Stucke. 1997. 52 min. DVD 9911

Eyes on the Fries.
While good jobs in high tech and manufacturing are increasingly hard to find, companies like Subway, Starbucks, and Blockbuster are opening stores at a pace of one a day. This film examines the rise of the low wage service sector and what it means for a generation of young Americans whose lives depend on it. A film by Casey Peek and Jeremy Blasi. 2004. 21 min. Video/C MM410

Farmland Forever
A discussion with American farmers about a land protection tool called "purchase of development rights." PDR involves the purchase of a deed restriction on qualified farmland that restricts future use of that land to agricultural or open space uses, either permanently or for a specified period of time. The farmers still own and use the land and can sell or transfer it to others; however, the deed restriction remains for the length of time determined. 1991. 18 min. Video/C 5662

Floored: For Some, Risking Everything is Nothing
This documentary captures the waning heyday of the Chicago Trading Pits and tells the bizarre and gripping stories of the traders -- 'overgrown kids with money, brains, and a pathological need to release stress' whose chaotic, audacious, and thrill-seeking way of life has all but vanished with the recent shift toward automated computerized stock trading. Directed by James Allen Smith. Bonus features: Raw pit footage (10 min.); Deleted scenes and alternate ending (9 min.); Commentary with director James Allen Smith and editor Andrew McAllister; Commentary by CNBC contributors Jon Najarian, Rick Santelli and Pete Najarian; Live pit commentary of the 'flash crash' of 2010 by Ben Lichtenstein (11 min.); Photo montage of the trading floor; Floored at NASDAQ (4 min.); 'Corner in wheat' by D.W. Griffith, courtesy of Kino International. 2009. 77 min. DVD X5066

The Food Machine
Discusses the farm crisis in the United States in which small farms are being bought by large corporations. This pattern has been transplanted to underdeveloped countries, such as the Sudan resulting in increased food costs and a destabilizing of the rural population. c1988. 20 min. DVD X993 [preservation copy]; Video/C 5935

[Gates, Bill] Deposition, Bill Gates: Case, U.S.A. v. Microsoft Corp.
Three days of videotape deposition by Bill Gates, Microsoft chairman and CEO, in the Microsoft antitrust trial where he answers a wide range of questions from the government attorneys and defends his company's right to improve its products for the benefit of customers in the face of stiff competition in the personal computer industry. Contents: August 27, 1998 (4 tapes, 9 hrs. 14 min.) -- August 28, 1998 (4 tapes, 5 hrs. 56 min.) -- Sept. 28, 1998 (3 tapes, 4 hrs. 48 min.) 1998. TOTAL running time: 19 hrs., 58 min. Video/C 7671

[Galbraith, John Kenneth] A Conversation with John Kenneth Galbraith.(Conversations)
Recorded on April 27, 1986 at the University of California, Berkeley. A conversation with John Kenneth Galbraith, Professor of Economics at Harvard University, on his ideas, his writings, liberalism, etc. Video/C 1565

Google: Behind the Screen
To organize the world's information--that appears to be Google's aim. What does such a goal involve, exactly? What are the implications for academia and creative people? For business, the media, and society at large? This program seeks answers to those questions by going behind the scenes at the Google headquarters in Mountain View, California, as well as the company's London offices. A conversation with Vint Cerf, Internet pioneer and Google's "Chief Internet Evangelist," sheds light on search engine innovations and Google's role in advancing them. Interviews with company vice president Marissa Meyer and other key players explore the inner workings of the Information Age giant. Dist.: Films Media Group. 2006. 48 min. DVD 8879

The Heartbeat of America.
Examines how General Motors Corporation went from being the undisputed number one car company in America to suffering the biggest corporate loss on record. Drawing on interviews with current and former GM board members, executives, designers, workers and automotive analysts, the GM saga is revealed. 1993. 96 min. Video/C 3070

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High Tech, Dream or Nightmare?
Host Walter Cronkite explores the impact of advanced microchip technology on the labor force in the United States. Discusses unemployment, the obsolescence of worker skills, and low wages. 3/4" UMATIC. 1984. 49 min. Video/C 873

Hot Coffee
From the infamous case of the woman who sued McDonalds over spilled coffee to the saga of the Mississippi Supreme Court Justice deemed 'not corporate enough' by business interests, this program tears apart the conventional wisdom about 'frivolous lawsuits' analyzing the impact of tort reform on the United States judicial system. Discusses several cases and relates each to tort reform in the U.S.: Liebeck v. McDonald's Restaurants (public relations campaign to instigate tort reform); Colin Gourley's malpractice lawsuit and caps on damages; the prosecution of Mississippi Justice Oliver Diaz and judicial elections; Jamie Leigh Jones v. Halliburton Co. and mandatory arbitration. Exposes how corporations spent millions on a propaganda campaign to distort Americans' view of lawsuits, forever changing the civil justice system. Directed by Susan Saladoff. 2011. 86 min. DVD X6757

How Unequal Can America Get Before We Snap?
Author and political theorist Robert Reich discusses the political implications of the widening inequality of income, wealth and opportunity in America. The gap is wider now than it's been since the 1920s, yet the nation seems unable or unwilling to reverse these trends. What happens if these trends continue? Will they "naturally" reverse themselves or will America get to the point where disparities are so wide that we finally find the political will to take action? Conversely, will the disparities themselves grow so wide as to discourage action, by fostering resignation among the losers and indifference among the winners? Recorded by Educational Technology Services, University of California, Berkeley on April 5, 2005. 99 min. Video/C MM484

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The Hunger Business
Film examines how the international trade of agricultural products effects underdeveloped nations. The U.S., as the world's dominant producer of cereal grains, is an important player in the global trade of food. Grain exports are seen in the U.S. as a good way of eliminating agricultural surpluses but food aid can prevent poor nations from becoming self-sufficient because the government of those nations has no incentive to develop policies to increase food production. c1988. 20 min. Video/C 5938

Tells the story of America in debt. Faced with key deficits in budget, savings, trade and leadership, increased foreign competition and ballooning financial obligations, the federal government is critically overextended. With the economy already in shambles, 78 million baby boomers are now expecting retirement benefits from their indebted federal government. Weaving together archival footage, economic data and candid interviews with Warren Buffett, Alan Greenspan, Paul O'Neill, Robert Rubin, Alice Rivlin and Paul Volcker, along with David Walker of the Peter G. Peterson Foundation and Robert Bixby of the Concord Coalition, the film offers a vivid and alarming profile of America's financial status. Bonus materials: Optional audio commentary with director Patrick Creadon, producers Christine O'Malley and Addison Wiggin -- Commentary transcript (.PDF file) -- Panel at the premiere, with Warren Buffett, Bill Niskanen, Bill Novelli, Peter G. Peterson and David Walker (60 min.) -- More from leading economic experts, including Alan Greenspan and Warren Buffett (ca. 3 min.) -- Word on the street (ca. 5 min.) -- Economics classroom, including animated graphics from the film -- Filmmaker's slideshow -- Trailer -- Update with David Walker, January 8th, 2009 (5 min.). Directed by Patrick Creadon. 2009. 85 min. DVD X4861

American Library Association Video Round Table Notable Videos for Adults

In Search of Excellence
A documentary, shot on location in several of America's most successful companies, which looks at examples of successful management in large and small companies. Focuses on the major themes of innovation, productivity through people, shared values, and a strong commitment to customer satisfaction and tells how companies have benefited from their use. Examples include IBM, 3M, McDonald's, Apple Computer, Walt Disney Productions and others. Based on the book by Thomas J. Peters and Robert H. Waterman, Jr. 1985. 88 min. Video/C 9943

Judith Williamson Consuming Passionately in Southern California
Demonstrates the effects of multi-national capitalism's expansion on the market with socks being an example and emphasises the role of ads. This video looks at the communications industry via the print media. Dist.: Paper Tiger Television. 1991. 28 min. Video/C MM1218

Knock Off (Die Rache am Logo = Contrefacons : la vengeance ou logo)
A documentary on product counterfeiting in New York City and the underground economy of people who resist the globalized culture of brands, by using branding against itself. Along the way meet corporate lawyers and anti-sweatshop activists, girly-girls searching for the perfect handbag, and immigrants selling knocked off merchandise. In the logo-malls anti-shopping preachers testify to street side congregations about resisting "the brand." And in Harlem, watch as people create and crush branding strategies, and their knock-offs become an attempt to take back the means of cultural production. 2003. 45 min. Video/C MM319

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The Last Truck: Closing of a GM Plant
Tells the story of the closing of the once-mighty General Motors Assembly Plant in Moraine, Ohio, as lived by the workers on the factory line. Follows the months and weeks leading to the last day of the plant, as workers come to terms with saying goodbye to jobs and a community they loved. Written, produced and directed by Steven Bognar and Julia Reichert. 2009. DVD X2984

Life on the Internet
13 part series; 1997. 27 minutes each. Accompanying guide under call number: VIDEO/C 5895-5920

Digital Doctors. Commentary: Dr. Chris Soder, Dr. Ivan Goldberg, Abbie Offman, Kevin Hughes, Peter Sultan, Benjamin Bailey. The medical profession has discovered the Internet as a powerful tool to speed diagnosis and exchange treatment plans. One doctor has even discovered a whole new condition, Internet Addictive Disorder--what can happen if one spends too much time on the Internet. Video/C 5908

HollyNet. Commentary: Josh Greer (Universal Pictures), Paul Grand (Digital Planet). Examines how the entertainment industry has begun to explore and exploit the marketing potential of the Internet and forecasts the future when movies and television shows will be piped through the Internet. Video/C 5909

Next Stop, the Future. Commentary: James Gosling (Sun Microsystems), Jim Clark (Silicon Graphics), Robert Kahn (Corp. for Nat. Research Initiatives). The future of the Internet points to its continued growth in practical usefulness. It will eventually become a ubiquitous fixture in our normal lives, quite possibly as common a household utility as the telephone. Examines the work of computer programmers who are inventing the technology that allows computers to talk to each other, changing the future of life, on the Internet. Video/C 5910

Cyber Students. Richard Weber, Misha Malakhov (Polar Bridge Exp.), Bonnie Bedford (Homeschool educator), Michael Roberts, (Educom), Elaine Fortune (Librarian). In education the impetus for access to the Internet has come from the grass roots up--not from the top down. This film examines schools, educators, librarians, homeschoolers and parents who are taking the lead in introducing the Internet to students. As an example of "real time" instruction it follows the Polar Bridge Expedition of 1988 in which students daily tracked the experiences and successes of the ski team on their journey to the North Pole. Video/C 5911

Songs from Cyberspace. Commentary: Brent Marcus, Eric Sugg (Virtual Radio), Rob Glaser (RealAudio, Progressive Networks, Inc.). In cyberspace new audio Net technologies promise to bring the world's chorus to all. With a click of the mouse, one can tune into radio stations on other continents and go to archives for samples of music from all walks of life. This film examines the new audio technologies now in use on the Internet by profiling the development of the websites Virtual Radio and RealAudio. Video/C 5912

Internauts. Commentary: James Pitkow, Colleen Kehoe, Susan Estrada. Profiles the work of demographers who conduct Web surveys to find out who is actually using the World Wide Web and and the changing character of the Web population. The demographics of the Internet are important not only because they give numbers, but because they give pictures of people--for it is only through learning the changing habits of people that Web development can be traced. As more people join cyberspace communities, the more important it will be to know what type of neighborhood they're moving into and what it is that the Net can provide. Video/C 5913

Net Profits. Commentary: David Filo, Herry Yang (Yahoo), Rosalind Resnick, Mark Manasse (Millicent). Online sales are expected to reach $1 billion by the end of 1995. Out of the thousands of hopeful "cyberpreneurs", who will make it, and how will they tailor their products, services and thinking to the Internet? This film profiles the two young developers who created the search engine Yahoo, Rosalind Resnick who produces a subscription newsletter on the Net and Mark Manasee's Millicent system, a major breakthrough in how people pay for tiny bits of information with tiny bits of money that could add up to millions. Video/C 5914

Inter-Networking. Commentary: David Lawrence (Usenet), Glen Foster (comedian), Isabel Redondo, Tom Truscott (Usenet). Newsgroups are the town square of the Internet; a place where literally millions of people gather to debate, preach, get information or just leave a group message for anyone who cares about the same subject. This film examines Usenet, a collection of network newsgroups, and the men who developed it. It also visits with a Canadian comedian who scours the newsgroup neighborhoods in search of material and the experiences of a young woman who found herself being harassed and stalked by on-line acquaintances she had come to think of as friends. Video/C 5915

Electric Ink. Commentary: Carey Earle, Dan Pelson, Thomas Livaccari (Word), Arthur Bebak, Sun Ming Lieu (Netsurfer Digest), Peter Frishauf (Medscape). In the fiercely competitive world of magazine publishing, only the smart and strong survive. So to start a magazine that is not only competing with traditional markets, but trying to survive exclusively in cyberspace, is only for those who like living on the edge of life on the Internet. This film profiles the publishers of three electronic serials as it takes a look at the challenges of the online publishing industry. Video/C 5916

Cyber Secrets Commentary: Philip Zimmermann (PGP). Discusses privacy and law enforcement issues on the Internet. Takes a specific look at Phil Zimmermann who developed cryptography called Pretty Good Privacy, which can keep e-mail secret. Everybody it seems, including U.S. Customs, The National Security Agency, the Justice Department and the FBI are concerned. Governmental agencies fear that in the wrong hands this cryptography could be a serious weapon while Zimmermann sees it as part of his constitutional right to privacy. Video/C 5917

Electric Mail. Commentary: Steven Dorner (Eudora), Virginia Shea, Tonya Engst, Adam C. Engst (TidBITS). Describes how electronic mail has changed the way people live and work. Anyone with a basic desktop computer and a modem can now send and receive messages to and from an enormous worldwide network. Examines the development of the e-mail enabling software known as Eudora created by Steve Dorner, the work of Virginia Shea and her guide to proper manners on the Internet and the e-mail newsletter TidBITS developed by Adam and Tonya Engst, which goes out weekly to thousands through Email and Internet news groups. Video/C 5918

Spiritual Surfers. Commentary: Eugene Clark (CICI), James Mulholland (CICI), Charles Henderson (First Church of Cyberspace), Ben Pollack (First Church of Cyberspace). The Internet offers a wide variety of options for those embarked on spiritual quests. This film examines the Catholic Information Center on the Internet and two sites both called the First Church of Cyberspace, one Presbyterian and the other a creation of a recently developed non-traditional religion. Video/C 5919

Digital Dollars. (Electronic Cash.) Commentary: Warren Eugene (Internet Casino), David Chaum (DigiCash), Stan Morris (U.S. Dept. of Treasury. Financial Crimes Enforcement Network), Peter Granoff (Virtual Vineyards). Examines the potential use of the Internet in digital cash transactions. It looks at the cyberpreneur Warren Eugene and his Intenet Casino, examines David Chaum's work as a crypographer and Internet visionary, the founder of DigiCash, which specializes in electronic commerce. Stan Morris examines the potential problems when major criminal elements begin using E-cash to launder and hide illicit funds. And in the purely retail corners of the Net Peter Granoff of Virtual Vineyards is patiently waiting for us to open our wallets to the wired world. Video/C 5920

Life on the Internet 2.0
13 part series; 27 minutes each. Accompanying guide under call number: VIDEO/C 5895-5920 GUIDE AVMC.

Finding Things. Commentary: Michael Mauldin (Lycos), Alan Emtage (Bunyip). The Internet gives access to an overwhelming amount of information, but how do you find what you're looking for? This question plagues the minds of the artificial intelligence experts who create Internet search engines. Two search engineers explain their approaches to finding the "digital needle" in the ever-expanding "hyertext haystack. Video/C 5895

Coming Attractions. Commentary: Sheri Herman (American Cybercast), Carl Steadman, Joey Anuff (Suck), Tod Machover (Brain opera). Looks at "The Spot", an online soap opera produced by American Cybercast; Internet culture critics Carl Steadman and Joey Anuff's online magazine "Suck;" and Tod Machover's interactive "Brain Opera" which connects musical performances with contributions from online participants. Video/C 5896

Cyber Gourmet. Commentary: Paolo Monti, Rob Greenhow, Maria Lutz, Betsy Couch. On the Internet, people can now sample the world's cuisine, calorie-free. Both accomplished and would-be cooks serve up a full menu of food and recipes--from a restaurant on the Italian Riviera to a box of designer chocolates. Video/C 5897

Young, Smart and On-Line. Commentary: Tom Williams, Benjamin Carson, Monika Bough. The younger generation is the first to grow up with the Internet--as their predecessors grew up with television. The Internet will shape their lives and they, in turn, will shape the Internet. From the boardrooms of high-tech corporations to an island off the coast of Washington State to the back streets of East Palo Alto, Calif., a new generation of kids is already creating life on the Internet. Video/C 5898

Net Work. Commentary: Ken Morrill, Einar Baragson (SmartNet). Profiles a man whose Internet-based resume allowed him to land a high-tech job with minimal experience; a former fisherman who created a thriving living room-based Internet service in Iceland; and JobTrak, a California job clearinghouse for university students. Video/C 5899

Art on the Net. Commentary: Joan Sullivan, Donna Rose. Five million tourists a year visit the Louvre in Paris. Double that number visit the Louvre site on the Internet and other sites such as the Guggenheim Museum. The art world has discovered that cyberspace is changing the way art is seen, bought, and sold. A sculptur exhibits her work on the Internet, a broker in a small town buys and sells around the world, while major art museums prepare for a whole new concept in viewing art. Video/C 5900

Searching for a Cure. Commentary: Stephanie St. Pierre, Dr. John E. Sulston, Dr. Robert Waterston. The Human Genome Project, a research effort to locate and chemically identify the genes of human chromosomes, is "hosted" by the Internet. Scientists put gene sequencing information on the Net, allowing access to other scientists around the world. Meanwhile, the mother of a baby with a rare genetic disorder uses the Net to find professionals, information, and support from other parents. Video/C 5901

Invisible Net. Commentary: Reid Simmons, Mark Weiser, Roy Want. Looks at the how the Internet is being used in combination with robotics and ubiquitous computing, focusing on the Xavier project at Carnegie Mellon University's Robotics Institute and Mark Weiser's research at Xerox's Palo Alto Research Center. These leading minds are already seeing the day when the Net is so ubiquitous it's virtually unnoticed. Video/C 5902

Virtual Neighbors. Commentary: Pavel Curtis (PARC), Sherry Turkle. New technologies create communities that can last for seconds or years. Now new Internet video conferencing technology can eliminate online anonymity, possibly ushering in an era in which co-workers, friends and total strangers can enter each others' worlds with the click of a mouse. This segment discusses chat rooms, Internet Relay Chat (IRCs), Multi User Domains (MUDs) and online chat groups like MOOs. Includes comments from MIT clinical psychologist and author Sherry Turkle. Video/C 5903

Copyright. Commentary: Sean Shepard, David G. Post. Copyright is one of the most contentious issues on the Internet. Can current media copyright rules be transferred to the Internet, or is this a brand new ball game? Management of the Indiana Pacers tries to shut down a fan website while the National Hockey League charges into hyperspace to capture a larger audience before the laws that might affect them are formulated. Who owns what, who has what rights, and who decides? The next big wave of what goes on the Internet hangs in the balance until these kinds of issues are resolved. Video/C 5904

Finding People. Commentary: Bonnie Borchert, Naveen Jain, Alan Emtage. Discusses the possibilities and limitations of resources for finding people on the Internet and looks at some companies which have begun creating all-inclusive directories of individual users in an attempt to build more comprehensive finding aids for individual persons. It also profiles the story of one young woman who was adopted as an infant as she uses the Internet to search for her biological parents. Video/C 5905

Cyber Stocks. Commentary: Andrew D. Klein, Steve Wallman (SEC). A high-powered corporate lawyer wanted to start a business - all he needed was a few million dollars. So he went to the Internet. Now there's Wall Street in cyberspace. And just like the real thing, the financial playing fields of the Internet have brought out con men, promoters, and get-rich-quick artists. Even the Securities and Exchange Commission is adapting to the new financial realities of life on the Internet. Video/C 5906

Net Safe. (Business Security.) Commentary: Susan Goeldner (Fed Ex), Tom Longstaff (CERT), Steve Crocker (Cybercash). One of the biggest challenges of life on the Internet is security. Businesses and individuals need to know how to protect their interests: that e-mail senders are who they say they are, that information coming and going is reliable, and that company secrets are not revealed. And just how safe is it to send cash or credit cards over the network? Video/C 5907

Living Broke in Boom Times: Lessons from the Movement to End Poverty
Includes excerpts from three documentaries on poor Americans organizing to end poverty: Takeover, Poverty outlaw, and Outriders. The films were produced between 1989-1999. Abstracts are interspersed with commentary from activists Willie Baptist, Liz Theoharis, and Cheri Honkala. Special features: 74 min. version of film divided into 5 thematic chapters for educators ; 13 min. mini-doc "Documenting the movement" with filmmakers Peter Kinoy and Pamela Yates ; slide show of Harvey Finkle's photographs. Produced and directed by Kathleen Dara Kell. c2007. 114 min. DVD 9936

The Machine That Changed the World.
5 part series. 58 min each part. Series on the history, nature, and future of computers and computing. 1992.

Giant Brains.This program tells the story of the birth of computers, such as the ENIAC, the most complicated electronic machine ever built, and of the men and women who assisted in that birth: Charles Babbage, Alan Turing, Herman Goldstine, John Mauchly, Ada Lovelace and J. Presper Eckert. Video/C 2452

Inventing the Future.This program covers the work of the early pioneers in computer science, the invention of programming languages, and the hardware revolution, first to transistors, and later to integrated circuits, that made computers smaller and cheaper and ultimately led to personal computers. Video/C 2453

The Paperback Computer. This program shows how room-sized computers evolved into desktop machines easy enough for a child to use. It covers the Apple story, the development of microprocessors, and the innovative work of Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak and Michael Markkula. Video/C 2454

The Thinking Machine. This program is devoted to artificial intelligence, and what computer scientists, psychologists and philosophers have learned about human intelligence in the process of trying to teach computers to "think." It includes information provided by Marvin Minsky, one of the pioneers of artficial intelligence at MIT. Video/C 2455

The World at your Fingertips. This program looks at the social revolution wrought by computers, and at what price: the disappearance of place as an attribute, the loss of privacy, the pollution of information - and the transmission, sharing and replication of polluted information; and the near-catastrophies that can occur when (as happened in the October 1987 stock market plunge) computer networks take on a life of their own. Video/C 2456

Made in America (1982) 50-58 min. each installment

Who's the Enemy?
Asian countries are trying to leapfrog out of third-world status by building a well-educated workforce, and even some places in the U. S. are trying to lure high-tech industries with the same approach. So whose fault is it that Japan took almost the whole consumer electronics industry away from the United States? Video/C 2585

The Automobile Story.Once it was the symbol of American industry, style, and leisure--until Toyota adapted American mass production methods to Japanese standards. Only now are embattled American auto makers trying to reverse history by using Japanese success strategy in planning, design, engineering, and manufacturing. Video/C 2586

Winners and Losers.The U.S. once counted on manufacturing most of the clothes its citizens wore, but half that business has gone to low-wage third world countries. As a result, many American manufacturers struggle, American workers have lost their jobs, and Americans pay higher prices for their clothes. Is it worth it? Video/C 2587

National Industrial Policy.This program looks at the enormous costs, the huge risks, and the potentially colossal pay-offs in the commercial aircraft industry. Boeing is still number one, but major components of its jets are now made in Japan. What does this portend about the U.S. position in the high-stakes global economy? Video/C 2588

McLibel: Two Worlds Collide
A documentary of two individuals who took on the McDonald's Corporation. Using interviews with witnesses and reconstructions of key moments in court, the film examines the main issues in the libel trial-- nutrition, animals, advertising, employment, the environment--and the implications for freedom of speech. In the process of this longest trial in English history, the defendants faced infiltration by spies, secret meetings with corporate executives, 40,,000 pages of background reading and a visit from Ronald McDonald.

"Banned in the UK. The film McDonald's does not want you to see! McDonald's spends $1.8 billion a year on advertising. At the same time it tries to suppress any other information about its operations reaching the public. This is the story of how one such attempt at censorship turned into a public relations disaster. McLibel is the dramatic and inspiring story of how two ordinary but principle people took on one of the world's most powerful global corporations. It is also a highly informative examination of the global food business, addressing issues such as the manipulation of children through glossy advertising, the promotion of an unhealthy diet, the exploitation of workers, the environmental damage caused by agribusiness, and the cruelty inflicted on animals in the production of commodities such as "Big Macs." You will never look at a hamburger in the same way again!" 1997. 53 min. Video/C 6607

Focuses on the American phenomenon of fast food, primarily hamburger chains. Looks at how huge corporations not only roll our meals off assembly lines, but control all aspects of their industry: the breeding of cattle, preparation of hamburger patties, employee interactions with customers and advertising. Shows that the product has little to do with the companys' success but that advertising drives profits. A film by Peter Heller. 1989. 66 min. Video/C 9693

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Megamall: A Story of Money, Power, Politics, and the American Landscape
Documents the origins of the massive Palisades Center mall and its impact on suburban Rockland County, New York, 18 miles north of Manhattan. The film kicks off when the biggest mall developer in the Northeast comes to the smallest county in New York to build its biggest mall yet on a toxic dump, one mile from the filmmakers' homes. That move sparks a citizen uprising which lasts almost 20 years. Produced and directed by Vera Aronow, Sarah Mondale, Roger Grange. 2010. DVD X3238
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Nerds 2.0.1: A Brief History of the Internet. 60 min. each installment. 1998.

Networking the Nerds. Examines how the seeds of the Internet were planted by Sputnik. In a reaction to Russia's leap ahead in technology, the Pentagon developed a new agency called ARPA. ARPAnet was created to connect computer researchers at universities across the nation. In nine months flat, the technology was invented, built and installed. Video/C 5687

Wiring the World. This second episode examines the advent of the PC and the need to connect them all to a network. But first someone had to figure out how to do it. That guy was Bob Metcalfe, founder of 3Com. As the market for networking evolved the battle began in earnest; 3Com, Sun, Novell, Cisco and Microsoft entered the market creating a civil war and billion-dollar partnerships. Video/C 5688

Connecting the Suits. In this final episode we visit Excite, a typical Silicon Valley entrepreneurial adventure. Then we unlock the making of the World Wide Web, created by Tim Berners-Lee in Geneva, who made "http://www" the star it is today. While the World Wide Web was making the Internet available to more people, it still wasn't a friendly experience. Netscape and Microsoft changed all that so the Internet has become a 24-hour a day medium where people can do business, chat and go shopping. Video/C 5689

No Sweat
Los Angeles is home to the largest garment industry in the United States. In an industry defined by the "sweatshop" most workers are undocumented, toiling under the radar of labor laws, for substandard wages, without breaks or benefits. Enter American Apparel and SweatX, two T-shirt factories in L.A. trying to do it differently. But while SweatX is backed by $2.5 million in venture capital, American Apparel was built from the ground up by an eccentric and controversial entrepreneur. Which one has the stuff to survive in today's globalized workplace? The film lifts the label behind the so-called "sweatshop-free" movement and reveals just what lies between the threads. Producer, director, camera, Amie Williams. 2006. 54 min. DVD 9618

North America: The Post-Industrial Transformation (Power of Place: World Regional Geography; 9.)
Program 9. Inner vs. "Edge" Cities: Boston, ethnic mosaic. Boston, Ethnic Mosaic examines ethnic relations and conflicts in inner-city Boston and proposed "empowerment zones". Chicago, Farming on the Edge explores the pressure of suburban growth on agricultural communities surrounding Chicago. Quebec, Island of French, examines the resistance of French-speakers to domination by English and the role played by a large immigrant population in the controversy. Vancouver, Hong Kong East, explores the problematic impact of immigrants from Hong Kong on housing development in Vancouver, B.C. 1995. 58 min. Video/C 4316

North America: The Post-Industrial Transformation (Power of Place: World Regional Geography; 11-12.)
Program 11. Regions and Economies: Oregon, a fight for water. U.S. Midwest, spatial innovations. Oregon, a Fight for Water investigates the competition for water resources in Eastern Oregon. U.S. Midwest, Spatial Innovations examines the incorporation of Japanese production techniques into the midwest U.S. automotive industry. Program 12. Japanese Paradox, Small Farms and Mega-Cities: Northern Japan, protecting the harvest. Tokyo, anatomy of a mega-city. Northern Japan, Protecting the Harvest concerns rice-farming methods in Tohoku in Northern Japan. Tokyo, Anatomy of a Mega-city examines the transportation patterns of commuters in Tokyo and its surrounding suburbs. 1995. 58 min. Video/C 4317

October Country
Presents a beautifully rendered portrait of an American family struggling for stability while haunted by the ghosts of war, teen pregnancy, foster care and child abuse. A collaboration between filmmaker Michael Palmieri and photographer and family member Donal Mosher, this penetrating documentary examines the forces that unsettle the working poor and the violence that lurks beneath the surface of American life. Every family has its ghosts. The Mosher family has more than most. Shot over one year, the film creates a stunning cinematic portrait of a family who is unique but also sadly representative of the struggles of America's working class. Directed by Michael Palmieri and Donal Mosher. Dist.: Cinema Guild. 2009. 79 min. DVD X3243

On the Line, 1924. (The People's Century)
When Henry Ford's Model T rolled onto the scene in 1908, it was inconceivable that it would ever be anything more than a plaything for the wealthy. But mass production and later, Ford's moving assembly line, allowed manufacturers to produce goods at affordable prices that made them accessible to a new mass market. This film follows the acceleration of mass production, from the days of master craftsmen to the pressures and benefits of assembly-line work to the growing strength of "people power" as labor and management struggled to divide the fruits of increased productivity. 1998. 56 min. DVD X5251 [preservation copy]; Video/C 5546

The Online Music Revolution
An industry once dominated by giant music companies has undergone a radical transformation. This program examines the explosion of legal music downloading and viral marketing, which have enabled enterprising bands and singers to distribute their own work rather than signing with major labels. Focusing on the success of Nizlopi, Arctic Monkeys, Internet marketing pioneer Simply Red, and other artists, the program also features commentary from John Kennedy, chairman of the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry--who outlines the potential benefits that big corporations may one day reap from consumer downloading. Dist.: Films Media Group. 2006. 30 min. DVD 7978

Open Outcry
A fascinating look at the high-speed, high-power trading floor of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, which is not only a pressure-cooker workplace, but a self-contained culture, with its own costume, means of communication, rhythms, values and code of conduct. This documentary presents a compelling picture of sudden wealth, equally sudden disaster, and grace under pressure as traders exchange billions of dollars in futures contracts for cattle, pork bellies, Eurodollars and options on the NASDAQ exchange. 2000. 56 min. Video/C 8412

People Like Us: Social Class in America
How do income, family background, education, attitudes, aspirations, and even appearance mark someone as a member of a particular social class? Discusses how social class plays a role in the lives of all Americans, whether they live in Park Avenue penthouses, Appalachian trailer parks, bayou houseboats or suburban gated communities. Travels across the U.S. to present stories of family traditions, class mobility, and different lifestyle choices. Part 1. The choices you make reveal your class (Joe Queenan's balsamic vinegar tour ; The trouble with tofu ; How to marry the rich) -- Part 2. A tour through the landscape of class (WASP lessons ; A Bourgeois blues ; Tammy's story) -- Part 3. Blue collar life in a white collar world (Gnomes r us ; Friends in low places ; Don't get above your raisin') -- Part 4. Understanding the rules of the game (All you need is cash ; Most likely to succeed).film by Andrew Kolker & Louis Alvarez. Dist.: The Center for New American Media. 2001. 124 min. DVD 8442; vhs Video/C 8953

The Real Dirt on Farmer John
The Peterson family farm is located in Caledonia, 75 miles outside Chicago. Like many farms, it thrived for decades and expanded in the 1960s to survive. As John Peterson approached his college years, his father unexpectedly died, leaving him in charge. Thus, John became a farmer, albeit a strange farmer, with one foot in the counterculture and the other in rich organic soil. The film explores the Rockwellian experience of growing up on a Midwestern farm, the calamitous failure of family farms in the age of corporate farming, and the rise of organic gardening and Community Supported Agriculture. Special features: "Bitter Harvest" [documentary featurette] (b&w, 1983, 8 min.); "The Bug Song" [music video] (2 min.); "The Farmer John Song" [music video] (3 min.); Deleted scenes (6 min.); Photo gallery [slide show] (6 min.). Directed and produced by Taggart Siegel. 2005. 82 min. DVD X2999

Recognizing and Reporting Suspicious Activity Relating to Financial Crimes
Presents information on money laundering and how employees and businesses can recognize and prevent suspicious financial activities. [Washington, D.C.]: Financial Crimes Enforcement Network, [2003]. 15 min., 22 min. Video/C 9866

The Road to Happiness: The Life and Times of Henry Ford
A documentary of Henry Ford's personal life history. Newsreels, dramatic films and documentaries tell the story of this American legend from boyhood to his death in 1947. 1978. 59 min. Video/C 241; NRLF B 4 175 135

Roger & Me
A documentary about Flint, Michigan and efforts by native Michael Moore to meet with General Motors' president Roger Smith in order to persuade the executive to visit Flint, a city which is economically depressed due to the closure of a General Motors plant. A film by Michael Moore. 1989. 41 min. DVD X2984; vhs Video/C 999:439

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Secret History of the Credit Card.
The average American family today carries 10 credit cards. Credit card debt and personal bankruptcies are now at an all time high. With no legal limit on the amount of interest or fees that can be charged, credit cards have become the most profitable sector of the American banking industry: more than $30 billion in profits last year alone. Frontline and the New York times join forces to investigate how an industry few Americans understand became so pervasive, so lucrative, and so powerful. Originally broadcast as a segment of the television program Frontline, Nov. 23, 2004. 60 min. DVD 3617

Secrets of Silicon Valley.
The film chronicles the lives of two young activists grappling with rapid social change and the meaning of globalization on their own doorsteps. Magda Escobar runs Plugged In, a computer training center in a low income community just a few miles from the epicenter of high-tech wealth. Raj Jayadev is a temporary worker who reveals the reality of an unseen and unacknowledged army of immigrant workers. Throughout the film, high tech CEO's and moguls comment on Magda and Raj's stories with revealing insights on time, technology, greed, and globalization. Presents an illuminating view into the hidden world of high tech sweatshops and a critical look at the social impact of the new millenium's high technology. 2001. 60 min. DVD 8236; vhs Video/C 7939

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Should We be Afraid of Google?
This program recounts the remarkable story of Google, but with a twist. In addition to detailed background on co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin, the birth and exponential growth of their company, and the heady experience of working at the Googleplex, the film scrutinizes Google Web Search and various other initiatives--AdWords, Google Earth, Google Book Search, and more--within the context of how the aggregation and commoditization of data threatens both personal privacy and the free spread of uncensored information around the world. Originally airing on French television on April 20, 2007. Dist.: Films Media Group. 88 min. DVD X15

Silicon Valley at the Crossroads
A critical examination of the economic, environmental, educational, and social challenges facing Silicon Valley as it enters the next century. Includes interviews with CEO's of successful high tech companies such as Marimba, Cisco, Exite and Live Picture, as well as with average citizens, city planners, environmentalists, educators, community leaders, labor union officials and anthropologists. c1998. 57 min. Video/C 7820

Silicon Valley: Center of a Modern Renaissance
43 min. each installment

1890s-1970s. Looks back at the history of the Silicon Valley region of California from the 1890s through the 1970s from the foundation of Stanford University to the rise of the semiconductor and microprocessor industries. Talented young scientists and engineers that emerged from Stanford University quickly formed the nucleus of an electronics industry. In this program, inventors of the disk drive, semiconductor and microprocessor, the founders of Intel, Netscape, Atari, Hewlett-Packard, Fairchild and Intuit, the former president of Stanford University and others discuss the synergy within this unique community that made innovation the number one product. Originally broadcast in 1998 by Santa Clara Valley Historical Association. Video/C 7157

1970s-1990s. Looks back at the history of the Silicon Valley region of California from the 1970s through the 1990s. The creative counterculture and absence of restrictive business traditions allowed visionaries and inventors to take big risks that have made Silicon Valley synonymous with high-tech. In this program, the founders of Apple, Sun, Intel, Octel, ALZA and other corporations along with Nobel Laureates Paul Berg and Linus Pauling, and the inventor of the computer mouse discuss the entrepreneurial spirit, the challenges of high-tech start-ups, and the explosive growth of the Internet. Originally broadcast in 1998 by Santa Clara Valley Historical Association. Video/C 7158

Some Call it Greed: A Six Decade Cavalcade
While history is often conceived of as a litany of monarchs and military figures, this provocative documentary tells the story of America as an industrial capitalist state, focusing on the deeds of the "robber barons" and their descendants, men who have had a greater influence on who and where Americans are today than any politicians and statesmen who followed in their trail. Partly based on an essay by Malcolm S. Forbes, Jr. entitled: Why is America what it is? 1977. 51 min. Video/C 8990
This riviting documentary goes behind the scenes of the Internet gold rush to expose the human drama, cutthroat realities and painfully intimate workings of one cyber-empire from lift off to dot.bomb flameout. Kaleil Isaza Tuzman and Tom Herman were childhood friends, whose bright idea turned them into overnight Internet millionaires. However, like many other Internet firms, was not destined to succeed. Just as significantly the two founders with different management styles found themselves locking horns and eventually Herman was forced out of the company he had helped to found by his longtime friend. c2001. 103 min. DVD 845

The Store (1983)
This documentary studies the operation and mangement of the main department store of Neiman-Marcus headquartered in Dallas, Texas. The director observes salespeople, customers, and store executives, and shows the inner workings of the store. A film by Frederick Wiseman. c1983. 119 min. DVD X7234; Video/C MM510

Surviving the Bottom Line. 58 min. each installment. 1998.

Running With the Bulls. Focusing on the ways the 1990s economy impacts typical Americans. This episode looks at some of America's most powerful business leaders. It includes the inside story of the Chase Manhattan-Chemical Bank merger, a profile of Mutual-fund manager, Michael Price and his battle with Chase-CEO Thomas Labrecque, and shows the corporate turnaround methods of Sunbeam's CEO Al Dunlap, critiqued by Lucent Technologies' chairman, Henry Schacht and others. Video/C 5494

Living on the Fault Line.Focuses on the high-tech elite as well as blue-collar factory workers and white-collar middle managers who are sometimes forced into downward mobility or temporary and part time jobs. The community profiled is San Diego, California, the self-proclaimed "City of the Future." Video/C 5495

Learning to Survive. Brings some encouraging news about public schools that are preparing youth and retraining adults for the 21st century workforce. Strategies for successful education are viewed in locations as diverse as Cincinnati, Ohio; Oakland, California; the Rio Grande Valley of southern Texas, and Shanghai, China. Each location provides proof that all children, even "disadvantaged children" are capable of learning and that displaced working people can reconnect to the economy by retooling their skills in the classroom. Video/C 5496

Beating the Bottom Line; with Hedrick Smith. The last in a four part documentary series focusing on the ways the 1990s economy impacts typical Americans. In this episode businesses on the verge of shutdown are rescued by creative partnerships enlisting management and labor. Practical lessons in innovative power-sharing arrangements are gleaned from such companies as Hathaway and Northwest Airlines. Experience from countries such as Holland and Canada point to new ways America can support its growing mass of temporary workers and use workers' pension funds to help both business and labor. Video/C 5497

Take Stock in America: U.S. Savings Bonds 1993 Campaign.
A film which promotes the purchase of U.S. savings bonds by reviewing the history of projects funded by individual purchase of savings bonds. 8 min. Video/C 4540

Taken for a Ride
Through archival film footage, animation and interviews follows the history of the automobile and the highway system in America. Presenting a long buried trail of auto/oil industry schemes, this documentary exposes the dummy companies, secret stock transactions and propaganda compaigns that removed one third of the nation's streetcars. Tracks were torn up overnight and bone jarring buses took the trolley's place. Scores of American cities lost their streetcars, including five of the nation's ten largest. The same players, organized as "the highway lobby," then campaigned for a network of urban freeways that would destroy America's downtowns. c1996. 55 min. Video/C 9243

Program about the takeover of the Pacific Lumber Company by a large business firm from the East. The impact of the takeover is discussed by the people living and working in the company town of Scotia in Humboldt County. 1987. VIDEO/C 1056; NRLF B 3 969 132

Through Conflict to Negotiation.
Shows what occurs when a community action group in Rochester, N.Y., confronts the largest employer in the community on the issue of corporate responsibility and the employment of minority groups. 1968. 46 min. Video/C MM906

Triumph of the Nerds.. (Based on the book Accidental Empires by Robert X. Cringely (HD9696.C63 U51586 1992 Bus & Econ, Moffitt, Bancroft)

Part 1: Impressing Their Friends. Covers the pioneering years of the PC revolution during the mid-1970's in Silicon Valley. Includes the Altair 8800, the Homebrew Computer Club, the West Coast Computer Faire and hippie culture, nerds and hobbyists. Steve Wozniak eventually spawns Apple II, while Steve Jobs, at 25, becomes worth $100 million. c1996. 51 min. Video/C 4565

Part 2: Riding the Bear. Explains how the PC industry came of age in the 1980s. Includes interviews with Bill Gates of Microsoft, IBM's decision to "buy, not build" PC technology, the introduction of IBM's PC into the U.S. Market followed rapidly by clones, the shaky co-operation between Microsoft and IBM and their eventual split, IBM's launch of OS/2 and Bill Gate's Microsoft firm introduces Windows. 51 min. Video/C 4566

Part 3: Great Artists Steal. Examines the changes in the PC industry during the 1990s and their impact on the future. Includes the introduction of Windows 95, the biggest global product launch ever, satellite links and Xerox PARC, the user friendly technology adopted by Steve Jobs for Macintosh. Looks at the struggle to make PCs more friendly with Graphical User Interface and the advent and impact of the Internet. 51 min. Video/C 4567

Troublesome Creek: A Midwestern.
A documentary of the struggle of the Jordan family in Iowa as they attempt to fight off foreclosure of their farm, land that has been in their family for 125 years. 1997. 88 min. DVD X2653; vhs Video/C 5197

The Tupperware empire began with the unlikely partnership of Earl Silas Tupper, a reclusive small-town inventor, and Brownie Wise, a self-taught marketing whiz. Wise showed American women how to start up their own businesses -- based in their kitchens. Rare archival footage of Tupperware parties, annual Tupperware Jubilees, and home movies are interwoven with the thoughtful, often humorous recollections of Tupperware salespeople and executives who experienced firsthand the company's meteoric rise. c2004. 65 min. DVD 5577

UC Berkeley Entrepreneurs Forum
The Berkeley Entrepreneurs Forum invites notable entrepreneurs, industry analysts, venture capitalists, and business leaders to present their business experiences and candid insights in entrepreneurship. SEE Separate listing for contents

Wage Slaves: Not Getting by in America.
Looks at five people working in low-wage jobs in Nevada, Alabama, California, and Florida who are not earning enough to support themselves or their families as the minimum wage does not cover basic needs. It compares those living at the poverty level in America with people in other countries and finds that poor Americans are in worse shape because of the cost of living. Based on the book Nickel and dimed by Barbara Ehrenreich (Morrison Rm HD4918.E375 2001; Bus & Econ HD4918.E375 2001; Soc Welfare HD4918.E375 2001 DESK). 2002. 100 min. DVD 3173

Working World.(Way We Live: Introduction to Sociology; 14)
Today we live in a rapidly changing economic and social climate that emphasizes the bottom line. What is the impact on society? What role does globalization play? The situtation faced by striking grocery workers illustrates some of the frustrations experienced by employees in today's changing global economy. This lesson also includes a discussion around the impact one retail giant in particular is having on workers, the economy, and the world -- Walmart. 2005. 27 min. DVD 4809

Malls and Megastores

The Human Cost Behind Bargain Shopping
What price do people in faraway places pay so Americans can get their bargains in stores like Wal-Mart? Dateline investigates what's behind the bargains and how problematic it can be for American companies to monitor the working conditions in foreign factories they don't control, where factory owners are under pressure to keep costs down. Dateline invented a phony clothing company to gain access to the factory floor in Bangladesh and spoke with the workers about their pay and working conditions. A segment from the June 17, 2005 NBC News television program, Dateline NBC. 29 min. Video/C MM998

Is Wal-Mart Good for America?
Examines Wal-Mart's importation of Chinese goods into the United States. Discusses that while some economists credit Wal-Mart's focus on low costs with helping contain U.S. inflation, others charge that the company is the main force driving the massive overseas shift to China in the production of American consumer goods, resulting in hundreds of thousands of lost jobs and a lower standard of living in the U.S. Originally broadcast on Nov. 16, 2004 as a segment of: Frontline. 60 min. DVD 3642

It's a Mall World
Examines cultural and psychological aspects of what is now an archetypal suburban experience: shopping at the mall. Visiting "cathedrals of consumerism" throughout North America -- from the Southdale, Minnesota, progenitor of the enclosed retail mall to the absurdly spectacular Grand Canal Shoppes and Desert Passage in Las Vegas -- the video raises fundamental questions about consumer identity and diversity. Evoking "experience retail" as a conceptual counterpoint to Internet-driven home shopping, the program also catalyzes inquiry into the relationship between economics, architecture, and human interaction. 2001. 47 min. DVD 5624

Malls R Us
Documentary that examines the social significance of shopping malls. Looks at North America's most popular and profitable suburban destination-the enclosed shopping center-and how for consumers they function as a communal, even ceremonial experience and, for retailers, sites where their idealism, passion and greed merge. Written and directed by Helene Klodawsky. 2008. 78 min. DVD X2319

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Store Wars: When Wal-Mart Comes to Town
In the U.S. Wal-Mart opens a new mega-store every two business days. This film follows events in Ashland, VA, over a one-year period, from the first stormy public hearing that galvanizes residents' opposition until the Town Council takes a final vote on the proposed Wal-Mart Store. The film does not single out Wal-Mart, but rather highlights its position as the icon of the Big Box industry. While offering a critical view of this industry, all viewpoints on this controversial issue are presented fairly. c2001. 60 min. DVD X6435; Video/C 8369

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Wal-Mart Nation: Tales From the Big box Wars
Documentary about the anti-Wal-Mart movement in the U.S. and Canada. The film tries to answer the question, "How did one of the world's most successful and influential companies become the most hated?" The filmmakers were granted rare access both to Wal-Mart itself, and the inner sanctums of its bitterest enemies, resulting in a provocative and frequently humorous documentary. Produced, written & directed by Andrew Munger. Dist: Filmwest Associates. c2007. 43 min. DVD 8762

Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price.
Looks at the effect Wal-Mart stores have on local businesses, their employees' economic status, the rights of women and minorities as Wal-Mart Associates, the lack of environmental responsibility by Wal-Mart starting with corporate headquarters on down, and the exploitation of Chinese and Bangladesh workers. Shows that Wal-Mart has concern for its own profits by heavy in-store security but well-known lack of security in their parking lots which have an inordinate amount of crime. Gives some case studies of activist groups that have won some victories for the workers and have prevented construction of Wal-Mart stores in various communities. Produced & directed by Robert Greenwald. Special features: Making of segments, film highlights, a call to action, and parodies of Wal-Mart commercials. 2005. 97 min. DVD 4619; vhs Video/C MM1096

Christensen, Christian. "Political documentary, online organization and activist synergies." Studies in Documentary Film; 2009, Vol. 3 Issue 2, p77-94, 18p UC users only
Haynes, John. "Documentary as Social Justice Activism: The Textual and Political Strategies of Robert Greenwald and Brave New Films." 49th Parallel: An Interdisciplinary Journal of North American Studies, vol. 21, pp. (no pagination), Autumn 2007
Haynes, John; Littler, Jo. " Documentary as Political Activism: An Interview with Robert Greenwald." Cineaste, Fall2007, Vol. 32 Issue 4, p26-29, 4p UC users only
Lawrenson, E. "Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price." Sight & Sound v. ns16 no. 6 (June 2006) p. 83 UC users only

Examines the derivative securities market during the 1990s and explores early warnings of the financial crisis of 2008. Uncovers an intense battle between high-ranking members of the Clinton administration versus Brooksley Born who tried to sound the alarm about the need to regulate the emerging, highly complex, and lucrative derivatives markets. Examines Alan Greenspan's economic policies. Written and directed by Michael Kirk. Originally broadcast as an episode of the PBS series Frontline on Oct. 20, 2009. 56 min. DVD X6876

Consumerism/Credit/Consumer Marketing

A fascinating look at one of the greatest social maladies of our time: overconsumption and materialism. Hosted by National Public Radio's Scott Simon, the program explores both the comical and sobering aspects of our consumerism and its enormous impact on families, communities and the environment. With the help of historians and archival film, Affluenza reveals the forces that have dramatically transformed us from a nation that prizes thriftiness - with strong beliefs in 'plain living and high thinking' - into the ultimate consumer society. Special DVD features : "From the filmmaker" with John de Graaf (25 min.) ; "A simple calling" with voluntary simplicity expert Cecile Andrews (9 min.) ; "The two Y's, democracy and the economy" with economist Peter Dorman (10 min.) ; Adbusters "Uncommercials". 1998. 56 min. DVD X2660; vhs Video/C 5483

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Buying Into Sexy
A report on how marketers, especially in the clothing industry, are selling a grown-up, sexy image to pre-teen girls. This program follows the daily lives of tween girls, recording their perceptions of fashion, celebrities, boys and themselves. Interviews with both concerned and clueless parents are included, as well as a glimpse into corporate decision making that impacts tween culture. Conversations with Candie's CEO and a hard look at MuchMusic programming practices enhance this social analysis. Dist.: Films Media Group. c2007. 26 min. DVD 8870

The Card Game
As credit card companies face rising public anger, new regulation from Washington and staggering new rates of default and bankruptcy, correspondent Lowell Bergman examines the future of the massive consumer loan industry and its impact on a fragile national economy. Bergman and the New York Times talk to industry insiders, lobbyists, politicians, and consumer advocates as they square-off over new regulation and the possible creation of a consumer finance protection agency. The stakes couldn't be higher as many fear the consumer loan industry could be at the center of the next crisis. Contents: 1. The wizards of consumer lending -- 2. Tricks and traps that fooled consumers -- 3. The economic collapse triggers reform -- 4. Consumers pay the price -- 5. Debit cards - regulators' next target -- 6. What's ahead for consumers? Originally aired on the WGBH television series, Frontline, on November 24, 2009. 60 min. DVD X4775

Consuming Kids: The Commercialization of Childhood
Throws desperately needed light on the practices of a relentless multi-billion dollar marketing machine that now sells kids and their parents everything from junk food and violent video games to bogus educational products and the family car. Drawing on the insights of health care professionals, children's advocates, and industry insiders, the film focuses on the explosive growth of child marketing in the wake of deregulation, showing how youth marketers have used the latest advances in psychology, anthropology, and neuroscience to transform American children into one of the most powerful and profitable consumer demographics in the world. Critically examines the wholesale commercialization of childhood, raising urgent questions about the ethics of children's marketing and its impact on the health and well-being of kids. Contents: Introduction -- The floodgates open -- By any means necessary -- Under the microscope -- Brand new world -- Cradle to grave -- Rewiring childhood -- Our future . Extras include: What parents can do -- Barney vs Power Rangers -- Jolts and tricks. Written & directed by Adriana Barbaro & Jeremy Earp. c2008. 72 min. DVD X760

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The Cost of Cool: Youth, Consumption & the Environment.
The cost of cool shows teenagers grappling with what it takes to be "cool" and the environmental price we pay to have the latest, "coolest" stuff." Looks at everyday items, from T-shirts to sneakers and tracks the effect of their manufacture on the world's resources. Teenagers examine their learned buying patterns. Also provides insight into ways people can enjoy a sustainable, high quality life while being less focused on personal possessions and a life style of consumption. 2001. 26 min. Video/C MM915

CultureJam: Hijacking Commercial Culture
Pranksters and subversive artists attempt to cause a bit of brand damage to corporate mindshare. "We follow three outlandish jammers: media tigress Carly Stasko, Reverend Billy of the Church of Stop Shopping, and Jack Napier with the Billboard Liberation Front. Armed with the tools of their trade, these jammers hijack, subvert and reclaim corporate media space. 2001. 52 min. Video/C MM67

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Marketing the Message
Husband and wife filmmakers Joe and Kate Bly take a road trip from Washington D.C. to Orlando, Florida, surveying ways in which Christian evangelism is stepping up its campaign [to convert non-believers] and rebrand itself to fit within mainstream pop culture. Along the way they find a Christian skateboarding tour, hip accessories for teens, a preaching wrestler, NASCAR fans distributing racing Bibles and the Holy Land Experience -- a Bible themed amusement park -- pushing the envelope of faith-based entertainment. The debate is joined by commercial marketers, pastors and plain folks. 2006. 26 min. DVD 8761

Maxed Out: Nothing is Priceless
Takes a journey deep inside the American style of debt, where things seem fine as long as the minimum monthly payment arrives on time. Posits that most people are getting in trouble because the banks and credit card companies are setting their customers up to fail. Why? The more credit they give us, the more credit we need. When we inevitably fall behind, they can charge the huge late fees and the over-limit fees and the stratospheric interest rates that drive their profits. Shocking and incisive, the film paints a picture of a national nighmare, which is all too real for most. Special features : The wise use of credit; What is a credit report? (with David Szwak); Bankruptcy : a life-changing experience (with Elizabeth Warren); Dave Ramsey on personal responsibility; Americans for Fairness in Lending. Produced, directed and written by James Scurlock. 2006. 87 min. DVD 7797

American Library Association Video Round Table Notable Videos for Adults

The Merchants of Cool
Explores the tactics, techniques and cultural ramifications of marketing moguls who are seeking the teen market. Explores the culture in which today's American teenager is growing up, and the relationships among teens, parents, the media and the marketers of popular culture. c2001. 60 min. DVD 1633; Video/C 8130

American Library Association Video Round Table: Notable Videos for Adults

The Overspent American: Why We Want What We Don't Need
Juliet Schor scrutinizes what she calls 'the new consumerism' -- a national phenomenon of upscale spending that is shaped and reinforced by a commercially-driven media system. She argues that 'keeping up with the Joneses' is no longer enough for middle and upper-middle class Americans, many of whom become burdened with debilitating debt as they seek to emulate materialistic 'TV lifestyles. 2003. 37 min. DVD X1277

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Rhyme Pays: Hip Hop and the Marketing of Cool
As savvy teens lose interest in traditional forms of advertising, product placement in lyrics and music videos has become big, big business for manufacturers and rappers alike. Drawing on interviews with Russell Simmons, co-founder of Def jam Records; Camille hackney, of Elektra Entertainment Group; Damon Dash, CEO of Foc-a-fella Enterprises; media literacy advocate Debbie Gordon; and numerous Canadian rap artists, this program follows the money into the music/marketing arena. Originally aired on April 6, 2004 on the television program Marketplace. Dist.: Films Media Group. 2007. 58 min. DVD 8872

Rip Off: Banks Exploiting Consumers
Examines how the banking industry harvests billions of dollars from consumers in the form of overdraft and other fees. Ralph Nader discusses the predatory lending practices of the major national banks and how individuals can fight against the unfair fees. Also interviews Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney who wrote and sponsored the Overdraft Protection Fair Practices Act, Gail Hillebrand of the Consumers Union, a loan shark whose rates are better than the banks' fees, and various consumer advocates. Also examines the larger issue of corporate dominance of our culture by speaking with author and filmmaker Joel Bakan ("The Corporation"). Directed by Karney Hatch 2009. 50 min. DVD X5745

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Secret History of the Credit Card.
The average American family today carries 10 credit cards. Credit card debt and personal bankruptcies are now at an all time high. With no legal limit on the amount of interest or fees that can be charged, credit cards have become the most profitable sector of the American banking industry: more than $30 billion in profits last year alone. Frontline and the New York times join forces to investigate how an industry few Americans understand became so pervasive, so lucrative, and so powerful. Originally broadcast as a segment of the television program Frontline, Nov. 23, 2004. 60 min. DVD 3617

Shop 'til You Drop: The Crisis of Consumerism
Are we too materialistic? Are we willfully trashing the planet in our pursuit of things? And what's the source of all this frenetic consumer energy and desire anyway? This fast-paced tour of the ecological and psychological terrain of American consumer culture, takes aim at the high-octane pace of fast-lane materialism. The film moves beneath the seductive surfaces of the commercial world to show how the flip side of accumulation is depletion -- the slow, steady erosion of both natural resources and basic human values. In the end, Shop 'Til You Drop helps us make sense of the economic turbulence of the moment, providing an unflinching, riveting look at the relationship between the limits of consumerism and our never-ending pursuit of happiness. Directed and edited by Gene Brockhoff. 2009. 52 min. DVD X3569

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Shopping to Belong: A Documentary
Most Americans engage in 'retail therapy' from time to time, but what form does it take among immigrant populations? Is excessive shopping a way of coming to grips with a new culture -- and leaving another behind? This program examines that possibility in the context of the Latino community, raising questions about cultural identity, consumerism, and assimilation. Ten first-generation immigrants from various Latin American countries -- including Mexico, El Salvador, Venezuela, and Peru -- share their thoughts and experiences, shedding light on the transition from impoverished environs to the wealthiest and most extravagant society in the world. Directed by Irene Sosa. Presented at the International Latino Film Festival held in the San Francisco Bay Area. 2007. 30 min. DVD X3669

What Would Jesus Buy?
Bill Talen (aka Reverend Billy) was a lost idealist who hitchhiked to New York City only to find that Times Square was becoming a mall. Spurred on by the loss of his neighborhood and inspired by the sidewalk preachers around him, Bill bought a collar to match his white caterer's jacket, bleached his hair and became the Reverend Billy of the Church of Stop Shopping. Follows Reverend Billy and the Stop Shopping Gospel Choir (a changing group of volunteers) as they go on a cross-country mission to save Christmas from the Shopocalypse. 2007. 91 min. DVD X2470

The World's Best Sellers: The Fine Art of Separating People from Their Money.
Through offbeat, unconventional interviews with top film directors, actors and artists, and add execs, this film presents a cutting edge look at the world of commercial creativity. Includes clips of 60 of the most outrageous and influential commercials of all time as it explores commercial advertising's influence on feature films and the techniques that have made commercials an art form on par with major motion pictures. c1996. 115 min. Video/C 6313

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The Economic Crash of 2008/2009--

Breaking the Bank
In September 2008 the American economy was on the verge of melting down. This documentary draws on a rare combination of high-profile interviews with key players Ken Lewis (Bank of America) and former Merrill Lynch CEO John Thain to reveal the story of two banks at the heart of the financial crisis, the rocky merger, and the government's new role in taking over -- some call it "nationalizing" -- the American banking system. Written and directed by Michael Kirk. 2009. DVD X2096

Capitalism Hits the Fan: A Lecture on the Economic Meltdown
Richard Wolff breaks down the root causes of today's economic crisis, showing how it was decades in the making and in fact reflects seismic failures within the structures of American-style capitalism itself. Wolff traces the sources of the economic crisis to the 1970's, when wages began to stagnate and American workers were forced into a dysfunctional spiral of borrowing and debt that ultimately exploded in the mortgage meltdown. Contents: Three things the economic crisis is not -- How we got here : American exceptionalism -- History interrupted : the trauma of flat wages -- Coping with trauma : the people's response -- The meaning of the "trauma" for business -- Bust and no boom in sight -- What won't work : re-regulation -- So what might work? -- Beyond free markets and regulation. c2009. 57 min. DVD X1278

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Meet Michael Ruppert, a different kind of American. A former Los Angeles police officer turned independent reporter, he predicted the current financial crisis in his self-published newsletter, From the Wilderness, at a time when most Wall Street and Washington analysts were still in denial. He is now warning of a new meltdown, one rooted in oil, economics and covert U.S. policies leading towards unprecedented global disaster. Is he a prophet who can clearly see America's terrifying future or a conspiracy theorist fueled by fear and paranoia? And if Ruppert is right, can this slide into catastrophe be stopped? Based on a book by Michael Ruppert. Directed by Chris Smith. 2009. 80 min. DVD X4227

The Crash.
Explores the dynamics of the global economy in an era of instability. Less than a year ago (1998), Russia devalued its ruble and defaulted on its debts. Ten days later, the world's major markets tumbled and American investors saw the worth of their savings and retirement funds plummet. Fear spread that the global economy was indeed unraveling and arguments arose over who were the real culprits in the crisis. Originally presented on the PBS series Frontline, June 29, 1999. 57 min. Video/C 6985

The Flaw
Inspired by former U.S. Fed Chairman Alan Greenspan's acknowledgment that he'd found a flaw in his model of how the world worked, 'The Flaw' attempts to explain the underlying causes of the financial crisis in more depth than any documentary to date. The film tells the story of the credit bubble that caused the financial crash, and presents an original and compelling account of the toxic combination of forces that nearly destroyed the world economy. Director, David Sington. 82 min. DVD X6433

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American Library Assn. Video Round Table Notable Videos for Adults

Inside Job
Provides an analysis of the global financial crisis of 2008, which at a cost of over $20 trillion, caused millions of people to lose their jobs and homes in the worst recession since the Great Depression, and nearly resulted in a global financial collapse. Through exhaustive research, and extensive interviews with key financial insiders, politicians, journalists, and academics, traces the rise of a rogue industry which has corrupted politics, regulation, and academia. Directed by Charles Ferguson 2010. 109 min. DVD X5411


Academy Award: Best Documentary Feature
National Society of Film Critics Awards, USA - Best Non-Fiction Film
New York Film Critics Awards - Best Non-Fiction Film

Inside the Meltdown
As the housing bubble burst and trillions of dollars' worth of toxic mortgages began to go bad in 2007, fear spread through the massive firms that form the heart of Wall Street. On Thursday, Sept. 18, 2008, the astonished leadership of the U.S. Congress was told in a private session by the chairman of the Federal Reserve that the American economy was in grave danger of a complete meltdown within a matter of days. This documentary investigates the causes of this crisis and how the government responded. The film chronicles the inside stories of the Bear Stearns deal, the Lehman Brothers collapse, the propping up of insurance giant AIG and the $700 billion bailout. Contents: Introduction -- First tremors -- Deal to save Bear Stearns -- Next crisis: Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac -- Let Lehman fail -- As markets start crashing -- Contagion goes global. Written and directed by Michael Kirk. Originally broadcast on Feb. 17, 2009, as an episode of the PBS television series Frontline. 60 min. DVD X2097

The Love of Money.
In September 2008, capitalism looked like it was on the brink of collapse. This is the story of how the crash was caused, what happened, and how generations to come will be affected by its legacy. Directed by Guy Smith. c2009.

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Part 1, The Bank That Bust the World
Part one examines when the collapse of Lehman Brothers plunged the world into financial crisis. The program includes never-before-seen footage shot inside Lehman's in the weeks leading up to the demise of the bank. 52 min. DVD X2941

Part 2, The Age of Risk
Part two examines the boom years before the global financial crash of 2008. Testimony comes from many of the key decision-makers over the last two decades. 52 min. DVD X2942

Back from the Brink
Part three of the series tells the story of how politicians throughout the world reacted, and asks what has been learned from the entire calamity... and could it happen again? 52 min. DVD X2943

The Madoff Affair
Presents an account of the crimes of Wall Street swindler Bernard Madoff. On Dec. 11, 2008, Madoff confessed that his vaunted investment business was all "one big lie," a Ponzi scheme colossal in volume and scope that cost investors $65 billion. Overnight, Madoff became the new poster child for Wall Street gall, greed and corruption. Originally produced as an episode of the television series: Frontline. 2009. 60 min. DVD X2098

Plunder: The Crime of Our Time
A hard-hitting investigative film exploring how the financial crisis was built on a foundation of criminal activity, uncovering the connection between the collapse of the housing market and the economic catastrophe that followed. To tell this story investigative journalist Schechter speaks with bankers involved in these activities, respected economists, insider experts, top journalists including Paul Krugman, and even a convicted white-collar criminal, Sam Antar. Directed by Danny Schechter. 2009. 100 min. DVD X2994; also DVD X3571

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Primetime: Fighting Back Against Foreclosure
As the U.S. government continues to bail out the financial industries, this documentary looks at two New York City women who are dealing with the potential foreclosure of their homes. The complex issues of subprime mortgage loans are explored and how the foreclosure crises has had a disproportionate impact on communities of color. Directors, Manauvaskar Kublall, Jennifer Fasulo. Dist.: Third World Newsreel. c2009. 23 min. DVD X5464

Stock Shock: The Short Selling of the American Dream
Follows the wild ups and downs of the American stock market through the eyes of stunned Sirius XM investors and reveals the down and dirty schemes behind the glitter of Wall Street. Sirius XM stock seemed poised to go through the roof. Then something went horribly wrong as investors saw their stock drop to 5 cents/share in 2009-- was it bad management, a poor economy, or stock market manipulation? Directed by Sandra Mohr. c2009. 72 min. DVD X4729

We All Fall Down: The American Mortgage Crisis
Chronicles the history of America's mortgage finance system, from its origins in the 1930s, when the federal government first made available long-term, fixed-rate loans to new American homeowners, to its current state of crisis, after an excess of risky mortgage financing led to the system's collapse, which in turn triggered a wider economic recession. Features commentary from a wide variety of industry experts and Wall Street insiders-including mortgage brokers, appraisers, bankers, lawyers, economics scholars, and also with Americans who have lost their homes who reveal the tragic personal consequences of this financial spiral. Directed by Gary Gasgarth. 2009. 66 min. DVD X2305

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Blind Spot: Peak Oil & the Coming Global Crisis
A documentary about the current oil and energy crisis exploring the energy depletion scenerio of "Peak Oil" and its implications for the future of civilization. Includes interviews with sociologist William R. Catton, evolutionary biologist Jason Bradford, environmental analyst Lester Brown, NASA's James Hansen, author Bill McKibben, and others. Directed, photographed and edited by Adolfo Doring. 2009. 54 min. DVD X2119

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Blood and Oil
This film unearths declassified documents and highlights forgotten passages in prominent presidential doctrines to show how concerns about oil have been at the core of American foreign policy for more than 60 years -- rendering our contemporary energy and military policies virtually indistinguishable. Based on the book Blood and oil by Michael T. Klare. Directed by Jeremy Earp. c2008. 52 min. DVD X147

A Crude Awakening: The Oil Crash
A documentary film that debunks the conventional wisdom that oil production will continue to climb, and instead stares bleakly at a planet facing economic meltdown and conflict over its most valuable resource. "Our civilization's addiction to oil puts it on a collision course with disaster .. the film visits with the world's top experts and comes to a startling but logical conclusion--our industrial society, built of cheap and readily available oil, must be competely re-imagined and overhauled. The world's oil supplies are peaking and the crisis of global shortage looms, we are running out of oil and we don't have a plan." Contents: Precious and non-renewable -- We use it for everything! -- From boom to bust -- A magnet for war -- The numbers don't add up -- Peaking out -- An insatiable demand -- The end of the American Dream -- Technology to the rescue? -- Life after the peak. Special features (93 min.): "Petrostates" bonus chapter (4 min.); theatrical trailer (2 min.); additional interviews with Colin Campbell (20 min.), Matthew Simmons (25 min.), Fadhil Chalabi (24 min.), David L. Goodstein (18 min.). Produced and directed by Basil Gelpke & Ray McCormack. 2006. 83 min. DVD 9084

A Crude Impact
As the worldwide dependence on oil continues to grow, what does it mean for our world? Journeying from the West African Delta to the Amazon rainforest, from Washington to Shanghai, from early man to the unknown future, Crude Impact unravels the complex entanglement of a fierce devotion to oil with the fate of indigenous cultures, human rights, our global economy and the planet itself. Fueled by discovery, outrage, humor and ultimately hope, the film offers an inspirational vision for change. Directed and written by James Jandak Wood. 2006. 200 min. DVD X2488

Extreme Oil.
Dist.: Films Media Group. 2004. 57 min. each installment,

Pipeline. Follows the circuitous route of the 1,100-mile BTC oil pipeline, that links the cites of Baku, in Azerbaijan; Tbilisi, in Georgia; and Ceyhan, in Turkey. The pipeline will transport the previously untapped energy reserves of the Caspian Sea to the Mediterranean, but its route makes many detours around areas of regional conflict and territorial dispute. DVD 6055

The Oil Curse. Contrasts the cases of Ecuador and western Africa looking at how the discovery of oil has affected the local populations. In Ecuador, the toxic environmental legacy has sparked a lawsuit over international corporate accountability, while in Angola, the oil industry is creating health and education projects to ensure that some of the profits from oil will benefit the local population. DVD 6056

The Wilderness.. As the industrialized world's desire for oil grows larger, so does the opposition from environmental groups intent on protecting the land. As demand increases, what restraints should be put on where oil companies drill? This documentary journey heads to Alaska and Canada, with a side trip to Washington, D.C. exploring these tensions. As the pressure for oil increases, fragile wiilderness areas across the globe are being opened up to oil exploration and furious debate. DVD 6057

Oil. Each installment 58 minutes. 1986.

Oil: God Bless Standard Oil. Opens with the story of John D. Rockefeller, the father of the modern oil industry. DVD 7951 [preservation copy]; Video/C 1720

Oil: Floating to Victory. Charts the growth of the Royal Dutch/Shell Group and British Petroleum, Europe's leading oil companies, against the backdrop of the two world wars. DVD 7952 [preservation copy]; Video/C 1721

Oil: Sisters Under Siege. Focuses on the trials and tribulations of the seven major oil corporations known as the "seven sisters"--Exxon, Mobil, Chevron, Texaco, Gulf, British Petroleum and Royal Dutch/Shell. DVD 7953 [preservation copy]; Video/C 1722

Oil: The Rise of OPEC.Focuses on Saudi Arabian Sheik Ahmed Zaki Yamani and his role in OPEC, the oil-producing cartel established to counter the power of the oil companies. DVD 7954 [preservation copy]; Video/C 1723

Oil: The Devil Gave us Oil.Looks at the plight of heavily indebted Mexico, where the expectation of a continued rise in oil prices encouraged that government to borrow too heavily. DVD 7955 [preservation copy]; Video/C 1724

Oil: The Independents.Examines the tough, rugged individuals such as H.L. Hunt, John Paul Getty and T. Boone Pickens who have gambled millions in the oil game. DVD 7956 [preservation copy]; Video/C 1725

Oil: Oil and Water. Looks at the challenges of obtaining oil from the North Sea. DVD 7957 [preservation copy]; Video/C 1726

Oil: The Global Gamble. Looks at the future of oil, with exploration taking place in far-flung areas of the world from the Arctic to the African desert. DVD 7958 [preservation copy]; Video/C 1727

Oil, The Epic of Black Gold
Presents an extensive history of oil and the oil industry in six 52 min. segments. "The Epic of Black Gold ... starts at the very beginning in the middle of the 19th century and ends somewhere in the future, a future as of yet, quite undefined." Technical progress, economy, history, environment and geopolitical strategies are all examined and analyzed in this series based on over 20 years of filmmaking in the U.S., Europe, Middle East, Asia and South America. Includes interviews with historians, corporate executives, Saudi princes and dictators. Contents: Discs 1-4: The epic of black gold / Les Films Grain de Sable, histoire, 03 Productions present ; in association with TV5 Monde, Planet Historia ; a film by Jean-Pierre Beaurenaut and Yves Billon. Disc 5: Zarafa films presents ; a co-production LCP Assemblee Nationale, TV Rennes 35 ; a film by Yves Billon and Alain Pitten. Disc 6: Zarafa films presents ; a co-production with Cityzen Television ; with the participation of Canal France International and TV5 Monde ; a film by Yves Billon and Alain Pitten. A film series by Jean Pierre Beaurenaut and Yves Billon. 2007. 318 min. DVD X5640

The Prize: The Epic Quest for Oil, Money and Power
This PBS miniseries tells the epic history of oil... how it has dominated global politics, shaken the world economy, and transformed our century. Based on the Pulitzer Prize winning book by Daniel Yergin. Each program approximately 60 minutes. Contents: Tape 1. Program 1. Our plan. Program 2. Empires of oil -- Tape 2. Program 3. The black giant. Program 4. War and oil -- Tape 3. Program 5. Crude diplomacy. Program 6. Power to the producers -- Tape 4. Program 7. The tinderbox. Program 8. The New order of oil. 1992. 480 min. DVD 9820 [preservation copy]; vhs Video/C 2806 Pt. 1-4

What if the Oil Runs Out
Transporting viewers to the year 2016, this program paints a disturbing picture of an oil-starved America and the socioeconomic upheaval that may accompany the death of the Oil Age. This docudrama follows a middle-aged, Midwestern couple through violence at gas stations, conflicts with neighbors, and the loss of their livelihood; it also focuses on their daughter, an oil prospector determined to find new crude oil fields in the Alaskan National Wildlife Refuge. The film is interspersed with interviews with experts and notable statistics on oil production and consumption. Dist.: Films Media Group. 2006. 44 min. DVD 8881

Europe/Soviet Union

Banking on Hitler
Swiss banks are accused of collaborating with the Nazis during World War II, but U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Henry Morgenthau, who began investigating this collaboration also found that both British and American bankers continued to do business with Hitler, even as Germany was invading Europe and bombing London. This investigative film shows in detail the roles played by the Anglo-German banking clique. Key members of the Bank of England together with their German counterparts established the BIS, the Bank for International Settlements, which laundered the plundered gold of Europe, while other banks froze the accounts of French Jews depriving them of the money to escape. 1998. 49 min. Video/C 7540

The Benetton Story
Film goes behind the scenes in the family-owned Italian clothing firm that has been considered one of the world's most successful companies to examine the reasons for its success, its controversial advertising campaign, and its prospects for the future. 1993. 38 min. Video/C 8709

Czech Dream (Cesky sen)
Documents the largest consumer hoax the Czech Republic has ever seen. Filip Remunda and Vit Klusack, two of Eastern Europe's most promising young documentary filmmakers, set out to explore the psychological and manipulative powers of consumerism by creating an ad campaign for a super store that didn't exist. The advertising campaign includes radio and television ads, posters, flyers with photos of fake Czech Dream products, a promotional song, an internet site, and ads in newspapers and magazines. Will people believe in it and show up for the grand opening? Produced and written by Vit Klusak, Filip Remunda. 2007. 90 min. DVD 9652
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The Day of Empires Has Arrived(Europe, The Mighty Continent. 2)
Deals with the forces of unrest that threatened the empires in the early 1900's, including the theories of Marx and Engels in Europe, the oppression in the Colonies, and revolutionaries in Russia. Also shows how the Fauvists of Paris and Berlin characterized, through their art, the century's chaotic first decade. 1993. 52 min. Video/C 465

The History of the European Monetary Union
Presents the history of the European Monetary Union, the unification timetable up to 2002, the convergence criteria, and the coins and banknotes themselves; provides background on the euro member states and the European Central Bank; examines the impact of the Euro on world trade, the job market, and tourism; analyzes the euro's role in international monetary transactions; compares the euro to the dollar; and discusses the hopes and fears of the new citizens of "Euroland". 1999. 60 min. Video/C 7286

Ties & Tensions: EU-US Relations in the Next Century
Describes the continuing process of European union and how globalization of trade and communications will change life on both sides of the Atlantic. The impact of the Eurodollar on international trade is discussed along with case studies of Boeing (Seattle), Airbus Industrie, Intel (Ireland) and Mercedes-Benz (Alabama) to demonstrate the nature of European-American rivalry and partnerships in both the economic and political spheres. Includes interviews with a variety of legislators, economists, business leaders and workers.1996. 27 min. Video/C 5561

Der VW Komplex.
A documentary about the Volkswagen Company and the VW Beetle automobile "created for the broad cross section of the general public" as announced by Hitler. This film includes extensive views of the interiors of Volkswagen factories and the process of manufacturing the automobile against the backdrog of the history of Germany, labor history, the development of the German automobile industry and the eventual international market for the VW bug.1989. 90 min. Video/C 5677

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Mexico, Latin American and the Caribbean

Latin America videography

Birdsong and Coffee: A Wake Up Call
Explores the inextricable economic and environmental connections between farmers in Latin America, coffee drinkers in the U.S., and the fate of migratory songbirds throughout the Americas. Part 1 of the film examines the background and global intricacy of the "coffee crisis," an ongoing situation that has been described as a "humanitarian catastrophe." To illustrate, we meet coffee growers in the rainforest of southern Costa Rica, whose lives vividly exemplify the unjust effects of global market mechanisms that keep coffee growers' prices down even as the retail prices for coffee increase in the U.S. Part two examines a variety of simple but effective solutions to the coffee crisis and explains the rationale behind and the importance of fair trade coffee. Produced and directed by Anne Macksoud and John Ankele. 2007. 57 min. DVD X3265

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Bitter Cane.
This exposé takes an in-depth look at the history and modern day realities of Haiti. Shows how the traditional system of semi-feudal agriculture is being replaced by foreign-owned modern plantations and an industrial sector where hundreds of factories are mushrooming around the capital, enticed by tax incentives and cheap labor. The exploitation of labor reinforces the class system and economic underdevelopment of the country. Includes interviews with peasants, landowners, merchants, and U.S. businessmen and touches on the consequences for U.S. workers and Haitian refugees. Director, Jacques Arcelin. Dist. Cinema Guild. c1983. 75 min. DVD X7182; Video/C 3450

Black Sugar.
Examines the mistreatment of Haitian laborers hired to cut sugar cane on plantations owned by the Dominican Republic State Sugar Council. Describes fraudulent recruitment promises, the practice of confiscating workers' official papers, extremely low wages, and the squalor, disease, and hunger of the work camps. 1989. 58 min. Video/C 1753

Borderline Cases: Environmental Matters at the United States-Mexico Border.
A documentary describing the consequences of 25 years of environmental neglect by factories along the U.S./Mexico border focusing on the cities of Brownsville, Matamoros, Tijuana, San Diego, Ciudad Juarez and El Paso. It chronicles the 5 year bi-national effort to craft remedies to the border's deteriorating environmental conditions by a diverse mix of people of both countries from grass-roots activists to government, academic and industrial leaders. 1997. 65 min. Video/C 4748

Brazil. (Emerging Powers)
Examines Brazil's changing economy. Brazil has the largest economy in Latin America, but a long history of inflation and corruption. Includes an interview with President Fernando Henrique Cardoso describing the steps his administration has taken to open up and privatize Brazil's market. Includes interviews with Rogerio Braga who is transforming Brazilian orange farming, with Jose Midlin who is a global power in autoparts and a visit to Sao Paulo's fast-growing stock exchange. 1996. 50 min. Video/C 4307

Deadly Embrace: Nicaragua, The World Bank and the International Monetary Fund.
Discusses the role of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund in the destruction of the Nicaraguan economy. Explains how structural adjustment, the international debt crisis, and free trade are hurting the people and economies of Third World countries. 1996. 30 min. Video/C 3340

Dirty Business: Food Exports to the United States.
Discusses the move of multinational agribusiness to Mexico and the problems they are creating due to environmental pollution and low wages for workers. c1990. 15 min. Video/C 1823

The Global Assembly Line.
Documentary, filmed in electronic and garment factories, examines working forces in United States and free-trade zones of developing countries particularly the Philippines and Mexico. 1986. 58 min. Video/C 1580

GATT, What's That?: or Afta NAFTA Where are Worker's Rights?
Through interviews with Nikos Valance of the Foundation for Economic Democracy and Hector Figuerao of the A.C.T.W.U. this program takes a harsh look at the results of NAFTA and GATT and the future predictions and strategies for labor organizing. 1995. 28 min. Video/C 7702

Geraldo Off-line
Part 2 of a series on how the globalized world economy affects ordinary people. Geraldo da Sousa worked his way out of a shanty-town in Brazil into a job in a Ford car factory. Then he was told he no longer had a job because of the financial meltdown in faraway South East Asia. Was that just an excuse or the harsh reality of the new globalized economy? In this film, with the help of investigative journalist Jon Alpert, Geraldo sets out to find out. 2000. 24 min. Video/C 7762

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H-2 Worker.
From WWI to the 1990s, 10,000 Caribbean men were chosen yearly by American sugar corporations to harvest sugar cane for six months in Florida under temporary "H-2" visas. This film exposes the brutal, systematic exploitation of these Jamaican guest workers by the Florida sugar cane industry. Today this documentary provides an invaluable resource to understanding the current debate over guest worker provisions of immigration legislation. While Florida’s sugar cane cutters have been replaced by mechanical harvesters, guest worker programs have expanded in agriculture, hotel, restaurant, forestry, and other industries. Produced and directed by Stephanie Black. Special features: Update on the guest worker program (19 min.); Short: "More than luck" (1 min.); Trailer: "Life and debt" (2 min.); Audio commentary by director Stephanie Black [optional]; About Docurama [text feature]; Docurama trailers (9 min.). c1990. 67 min. DVD X6090; Video/C 2324

Leaving Home. (We Do the Work)
Examines the Mexico-U.S. Free Trade Agreement by looking at how workers on both sides of the border have been affected by the maquiladora program. Economists, free trade advocates, and Latino community leaders debate our free trade future. 199?. 60 min. Video/C 2626

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Maquila: A Tale of Two Mexicos (Emerging Powers)
This documentary presents the pros and cons of the maquiladora (or maquila) an export manufacturing program established by the Mexican Government and looks at industrialization in Mexico after NAFTA, considering low wages, working conditions, environmental and cultural impact. 2000. 55 min. Video/C 7459

Maquilapolis (City of Factories)
Explores the environmental devastation and urban chaos of Tijuana's assembly factories and the female laborers who have organized themselves for social action. Carmen earns six dollars a day but she is not a victim. She is a dynamic young woman, busy making a life for herself and her children. In "Maquilapolis," Carmen and her friend Lourdes confront labor violations, environmental devastation and urban chaos, reaching beyond their daily struggle for survival to organize for change, taking on both the Mexican and U.S. governments and a major television manufacturer. The women also use video cameras to document their lives, their city and their hopes for the future. Produced and directed by Vicky Funari, Sergio De La Torre. 2006. 68 min. DVD 6606
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May Justice Be Done
By any standard Argentina was a very rich country until the 1970s, with competitive industries, modern agriculture, and a prosperous middle class, but by 2001, 21 out of 36 million people were living below the poverty level. This documentary traces the roots of the crisis back to the irresponsible lending policies of the international lending financial institutions. Instead of renegotiating the external debt through official channels via the Central Bank, government officials arranged deals directly with seven banks. Eschewing the laws of the market they claimed to champion, government officials assigned interest rates for bond investment that were far higher than the true market value. The result was the destruction of local industry, as credit became inaccessible and the export market suffered from unfavorable terms of trade. The inevitable default came in 2001 as a quarter of the population was reeling from rampant unemployment and the neo-liberals' destruction of the social safety net. A film by Pascal de Rauglaudre. 2005 DVD 9189

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Mexico. (Emerging Powers)
Examines the rise of Mexico's economy, and the series of crises which led to economic collapse. Includes interviews with members of Mexico's finance community and its micro-business association CAME. Profiles include Rafael Fernandez-McGregor, who hopes to restore a vital rail link between Mexico and the U.S. and executives from Pemex, one of the world's most powerful oil companies. 1996. 50 min. Video/C 4306

Mexico For Sale.
A documentary dealing with the mexican perspective on free trade. Documents the opposition to the actual trade pact from significant voices within the PRI, Academia, Labor, and the PRD. 1992. 45 min. Video/C 2822

Mexico: High Price of Profit
The first segment examines the impact of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and U.S. industry's search for cheap labor and manufacturing costs on health, the environment, labor and civil liberties in Mexico. Segment from the television program Rights & wrongs broadcast August 25, 1993. 27 min. Video/C 6701

NAFTA: A 3-way Tie for Last.
Examines the "unheard voices" of the debate centering around the North American Free Trade Agreement between Canada, U.S. and Mexico. Presents the concerns of Canadian, American and Mexican workers, native Americans, farmers and environmentalists who perceive NAFTA to be a "dangerous" trade policy. 1993. 28 min. Video/C 3642

Portrait of the Caribbean.
A seven hour BBC series done 1992 that explores this region's past, present and future. The cultures and peoples of the Caribbean are increasingly influenced by the culture of North America. See GLADIS/MELVYL using long display format for more information. c1992. Video/C 3193 - 3195

Profit and Nothing But!: or, Impolite Thoughts on the Class Struggle
A pertinent, and impertinent, exploration of the profit motive and its consequences on the day to day lives of people in underdeveloped countries, with particular reference to Haiti. The documentary's stark images of lives of the poor provide a striking backdrop for examination of "triumphant capitalism." 2001. 52 min. Video/C 8410

Raul, The Terrible
In December 2001, the government of Argentina devalued the currency and froze Argentinians savings - pushing the middle class into the even larger pool of unemployed working poor. Raul fights to change the world. A film by David Bradbury. Presented at the International Latino Film Festival held in the San Francisco Bay Area. c2006. 53 min. DVD X3683

Stepan Chemical: The Poisoning of a Mexican Community.
When the Chicago-based Stepan Chemical plant in Matamoros, Mexico dumped xylene, a toxic solvent linked to birth defects, into open canals near the homes of the people of Matamoros, the people of Matamoros, through their community leaders and with help from the U.S.-based Coalition for Justice in the Maquiladoras, fought to end this contamination and demanded a full accounting from Stepan Chemical and environmental agencies in the U.S. and Mexico, as part of their struggle for a clean environment. c1992. 18 min. Video/C 2615

Trading Democracy (Bill Moyers Reports)
An analysis of the effects of Chapter 11 of the North American Free Trade Agreement (aka: NAFTA), which contains a legal loophole that corporate investors are exploiting to circumvent the American legal system. 2002. 57 min. DVD X4196

Under Rich Earth
"The Intag valley of Ecuador is a lush and fertile paradise inhabited by strong-willed and resourceful family farmers. Three generations of families have carved out a hard but good life in this remote frontier. While they don't earn much cash for their work, they own rich land, which is the greatest security for their children and for future generations. Under Rich Earth is a feature length documentary that follows family farmers in the Intag valley who resist what they consider to be the invasion of their land by foreign prospectors. Victor, Rosario, Robinson, Marcia and Carlos are among hundreds of people who join together to stop outsiders from transforming their beloved valley into what a Canadian mining company says will inevitably become a 'world class' copper mine. Facing the prospect of losing their precious land and forests, the farmers are ready to give up their lives. But is their conviction matched by the tenacity of those who want to undermine them?" [IMDB] Directed and written by Malcolm Rogge. 2008. 92 min. DVD X4588
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24 City (Er shi si cheng ji)
A documentary film on the state-owned Factory 420, also called as the Chengdu Engine Group, which was founded in 1958 to produce aviation engines. Now abandoned, the factory is sold for millions to real estate developers to be transformed into a complex of luxury apartment blocks called 24 City. The film revolves around eight dramatic interviews that present three generations with ties to the factory: the first factory workers, more recent employees, and the children of former laborers. Woven into this oral history are three fictional monologues delivered by actors. Special features: "Cry me a river": short film by Jia Zhang-ke; film critic Scott Foundas interviews Jia Zhang-ke; theatrical trailer; essay by film critic Jonathan Rosenbaum. Directed by Zhang Ke Jia. Dist.: Cinema Guild. 107 min. 2008. DVD X3946

Asian Values Devalued
As the economies of East Asia turned from boom to bust in the 1990s, the general public was amazed, yet many economists nodded their heads knowingly. This program focuses on the plights of Indonesia, Hong Kong, and Malaysia, where nepotism, cronyism, corruption, suppression, and the exploitation of cheap foreign labor brought about a financial crisis of enormous proportions. 1998. 39 min. Video/C 7288

The Automobile Story (Made in America; 2).
Once it was the symbol of American industry, style, and leisure--until Toyota adapted American mass production methods to Japanese standards. Only now are embattled American auto makers trying to reverse history by using Japanese success strategy in planning, design, engineering, and manufacturing. c1992. 50 min. Video/C 2586

Big Business and the Ghost of Confucius (Pacific Century; 7).
Describes the economic success stories of Taiwan, South Korea and Singapore. Examines how these newly industrialized countries moved to the forefront of the world economy so rapidly. Examines the role played by America and Confucian beliefs in shaping the successful formula for East Asian capitalism an grapples with the question of the role of government in economic growth. Presents profiles and interviews of politicians and business leaders like former Prime Minister of Singapore, Lee Kuan Yew, and the chairman of South Korea's Hyundai Corp. c1992. 60 min. Video/C 2502

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Because They're Worth It.(Life, Part 19)
Out of a total Chinese population of 1.3 billion, there are 42 million Chinese who are poor. This film looks at programs which are helping impoverished Chinese break out of the cycle of poverty and ignorance -- by providing them with micro-credit, basic health information, education and hope. c2000. 24 min. Video/C 7779

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Cash in Hand: Microcredit in the Philippines
Access to credit is one of the main keys to lifing people out of poverty. This documentary looks at a microcredit project in the Philippines which has enabled small entrepreneurs to establish weaving, furniture-making and glassblowing cooperatives. Mandaluyong, Metro Manila, Philippines : Asian Development Bank, c1995. 8 min. Video/C MM426
The first segment offers a preview of Escape from China, a secretly filmed profile of one of the Tiananmen Square uprising's youth leaders. The second segment analyses the controversy over China's "Most favored nation" status as a U.S. trading partner despite repeated human rights abuses. Segment from the television program Rights & wrongs broadcast April 11, 1993. 27 min. Video/C 6693

China. (Emerging Powers; 1)
Examines China's transformation from communism to capitalism, from poverty to prosperity. Includes interviews with a former state worker who has created a multimillion-dollar textile empire, Liu Yonghao who made $10 million in chickens, the leader of Beijing's Commodities Exchange, Shanghai's most successful Avon cosmetics saleswoman, and China's richest man. 1996. 50 min. Video/C 4304

China and Its Sphere, [Pt.2] (Power of Place: World Regional Geography. 23-24; 1)
Prog. 23. China's metropolitan heartland: Shanghai, awakening the giant. Nanjing, rural industry.--Prog. 24. The Booming maritime edge: Guangdong, the booming maritime edge. Taiwan, avoiding the crush.

A telecourse designed to build understanding of geography by examining eleven regions of the world and their interconnections. Each program contains case studies which characterize an individual region. Shanghai, Awakening the Giant examines how physical location and government policy bolster development in Shanghai. Nanjing, Rural Industry looks at a clothing firm as an example of township enterprise in Siga, near Nanjing. Guangdong, the Booming Maritime Edge explores industrialization in Guangdong with emphasis on a Nike shoe factory. Taiwan, Avoiding the Crush examines the migration of high tec. industries to the suburbs of Tapei to avoid the problems of the city. 1995. 58 min. Video/C 4323

China Blue
Following a pair of denim jeans from birth to sale, China Blue links the power of the U.S. consumer market to the daily lives of a Chinese factory owner and two teenaged female factory workers. Filmed both in the factory and in the workers' faraway village, this documentary provides a rare, human glimpse at China's rapid transformation into a free market society. Directed by Micha X. Peled. 2005. 88 min. DVD 6984
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China Trade
First segment: South African president, Nelson Mandela, discusses his plan to forge a "government of national unity." Second segment: Examines the controversy surrounding the linking of trade to human rights policy, with regard to China's "most favored nation" status, through interviews with politicians, the Dali Lama and former Chinese political prisoner, Wang Juntao. Third segment: Explores the spiritual resistance of Tibetan nuns persecuted by their Chinese occupiers through excerpts from the film "Satya: A prayer for the enemy." Segment from the television program Rights & wrongs broadcast May 14, 1994. 27 min. Video/C 6709

China: Unleashing the Dragon.50 min. each.

Deng's Legacy. The first film in a four part documentary chronicling the transformation currently sweeping over China, from its initiation by Deng Xiaoping, to the economic, social and cultural realities of today's China. This episode examines Deng's role in shaping the reformed China and includes interviews with successful entrepreneurs, businessmen, and statesmen. 1995. 50 min. Video/C 4441

The Fragile Rice Bowl. The second film in a four part documentary chronicling the transformation currently sweeping over China, from its initiation by Deng Xiaoping, to the economic, social and cultural realities of today's China. This episode examines the impact of economic changes on women and families in China by following the changes experienced by one extended family living in Shanghai. 50 min. Video/C 4442

The Soul of the MasterThe third film in a four part documentary chronicling the transformation currently sweeping over China, from its initiation by Deng Xiaoping, to the economic, social and cultural realities of today's China. This episode examines how changing values and economic pressures are influencing the popular culture, arts, long-standing cultural institutions and traditions of China. 52 min. Video/C 4443

Hong Kong and the Boom Towns.The fourth film in a four part documentary chronicling the transformation currently sweeping over China, from its initiation by Deng Xiaoping, to the economic, social and cultural realities of today's China. This last episode examines what may lie ahead for China and Hong Kong when China begins to govern the island in 1997. Businessmen and other citizens reflect on how the coming events will affect the cultural and economic conditions of Hong Kong. 50 min. Video/C 4444

China's Changing Face (Only One Earth, 7).
Examines China's attempts to create more jobs by allowing individuals to have their own small businesses. 1987. 30 min. Video/C 1670

Culture and Decision making: Comparative Perspectives on Japan.
A seminar focusing on understanding the Japanese culture, with emphasis on Japanese mythology, as the basis of modern business decision-making. Stanford University, 1991. Video/C 2171:1-2

Dances with the Dragon. Part I.
The first of a two part documentary exploring US-China trade relations through frank interviews in China and the U.S. with families, street vendors and workers as well as the "professionals" in the field of U.S.-China relations. Part one introduces the subject by revealing some conflicts and common grounds on issues like the growth of trade, trade deficits, an open Chinese market, China's entry into the World Trade Organization and trade-related social problems. In English and Chinese with English subtitles. 1999. 50 min. Video/C 6333

Dances with the Dragon. Part II.
The second of a two part documentary exploring US-China trade relations through frank interviews in China and the U.S. with families, street vendors and workers as well as the "professionals" in the field of U.S.-China relations. Part two focuses on obstacles and issues related to U.S.-China trading relations such as cultural differences, intellectual property rights, human rights, China's only-child family policy and cultural exchanges, concluding with the similarities between the two countries in their expectations for the next generation. In English and Chinese with English subtitles. 1999. 53 min. Video/C 6334

Exporting Harm: The High-tech Trashing of Asia
Unbeknownst to many, "recycling" electronic waste often means that the material is shipped to Asia, where it causes major environmental, health, and occupational hazards. This film reveals "the dirty secrets" of the high-tech revolution and provides a ringing call to action for corporate responsibility and global environmental justice. Video by Jim Puckett. 2004. 23 min. DVD 8251

Fish is Our Life!
Focuses on the small businessmen-proprietors who work the 1,100 family-owned businesses at Tsukiji Market, Tokyo's largest wholesale fish market. With its many small wholesalers and its seven large auction houses, Tsukiji is a small city in itself, with its own unique culture, work hours, and traditions. The film captures the vitality and earthy humour of a variety of people who work in the market, and examines how they, like all Japanese, are increasingly affected by the global market economy and by changes in the larger Japanese culture. 1995? 28 min. Video/C MM732

The Geographic Dynamic of the Pacific Rim (Power of Place: World Regional Geography; 13-14)
Prog. 13. Global interaction: Singapore, gateway city. Australia, new links to Asia.--Prog. 14. Migration and conquest: Mexico, motive to migrate. Guatemala, continuing conquest.

A telecourse designed to build understanding of geography by examining eleven regions of the world and their interconnections. Each program contains case studies which characterize an individual region. Singapore, Gateway City looks at how Singapore exploits its location to play a key commercial role in Pacific Asia. Australia, New Links to Asia investigates Australia's European roots and recent Asian influences in economic development. Mexico, Motive to Migrate examines migration patterns both within and outside of Mexico. Guatemala, Continuing Conquest examines the "cycles of conquest" borne by Maya peoples in Guatemala. 1995. 58 min. Video/C 4318

Giant Awakes. 1994. Produced by BBC News and Current Affairs.

Chinese Capitalism: Moving the Mountain. A study of China's unique blend of communism and capitalism by examining how the Chinese themselves are adapting to the quasi-free market system. Chinese economic modernization is studied at a shoe factory, where communist worker ideals and capitalist goals coexist. It also examines the economic and social impact of the migration of 90 million rural Chinese to the cities in search of jobs, the widening gap between rich and poor, and corruption in business which is rampant. 1998. 49 min. Video/C 5790

Human Rights in China. Although China is booming economically with U.S. companies including Motorola and Boeing employing thousands in new factories, these gains have not translated into a Chinese acceptance of Western ideas concerning human rights. This program examines problems associated with China's economic reform through visits with a radio disc jockey and newspaper editors who are critical of the government's human rights record and interviews with American and Chinese businessmen and politicians. 50 min. Video/C 5791

The Path of Chinese Privatization. Fueled by profits from private businesses, the village of Ma Bei, China is booming, while at a plant up the road thousands of workers, formerly protected under the communist system, may lose their jobs under privatization. Similar situations are developing all over China, and officials are worried that workers may revolt. So they've come up with a uniquely Chinese solution: industries will gradually phase in privatization, letting fear of worker unrest dictate the pace. 51 min. Video/C 5791

Global Firms in the Industrializing East. (Human Geography, People Places and Change; 3)
Examines how Singapore has transformed itself into an economic powerhouse along the Pacific Rim. Analyses in particular the banking, electronic, telecommunication and semiconductor industries in Singapore. 1996. 27 min. Video/C 4243

Heart of the Dragon. Episode 12, Trading.
The last film of the series illustrates China's changing attitudes towards business by investigating individual enterprises. Examines recent experiments with free enterprise projects at home and abroad, and poses critical questions about whether trade with the outside world can be encouraged without Western influences undermining traditional values. 1988. 57 min. Video/C 1186:12

Hong Kong.
Examines, through the lives of several citizens, the factors that make Hong Kong an economic power andillustrates a common anxiety about an uncertain future when China takes control in 1997. 53 min. Video/C 3189

If Japan Can...Why Can't We?
Compares industrial productivity in the United States and Japan. 77 min. Video/C 345

India. (Emerging Powers)
Examines India's transformation from socialism to capitalism, from poverty to prosperity. Looks at India's liberalization program, large industrial base, nuclear energy program, and market reforms. Includes interviews with entrepreneurs such as Abdul Rehman, who makes satellite dishes, and Arya Bhattacherjee, founder of India's first computer chip design company and a tour of Bajaj Auto, India's largest scooter maker and a visit to the Bombay Stock Exhange. 1996. 50 min. Video/C 4305

In Debt We Trust
A documentary examining the increasing debt burden carried by millions of Americans. Argues that corrupt practices by financial and government institutions are fostering citizens' dependence on credit while creating a ballooning national debt that is leading the country towards fiscal disaster. Written, produced, and directed by Danny Schechter. 2007. 98 min. DVD 8146

Inside Japan, Inc. (Pacific Century; 6)
Examines the economic miracle of post-war Japan and the increasing tensions between Japan and the United States because of Japan's resolve to control its own economic destiny. c1992. 60 min. Video/C 2501

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Japan: Tarnished Miracle.
Describes the rise and fall of the Japanese economic miracle which has triggered a financial crisis which has global ramifications. Through interviews with a cross-section of Japanese, examines factors that will shape Japan's future: a changing work ethic; a rapidly aging population; the changing role of women in the workforce and shifting loyalties since firms can no longer guarantee lifetime job security. c1998. 19 min. Video/C 5784

Japan They Don't Talk About.
Contrasts our popular perception of Japanese manufacturing as a high-tech paradise with more sobering facts about how workers cope with incredibly long workdays, cramped and excruciatingly expensive housing, and other problems. c1986. 52 min. Video/C 3106

The Japanese Businessman: The Fighting Spirit Within the Group Ethic.
Presented here is the life of the Japanese businessman through interviews with three generations of businessmen. 1987. 30 min. Video/C 1987

Manufacturing Miracles: A Japanese Firm Reinvents Itself.
Shows how Mazda formalized joint labor-management consultation throughout the firm and invested heavily in comprehensive training, eventually transforming itself into an integrated "neural network", continually responsive to a rapidly changing global economy. 1987. 32 min. Video/C 1227

Mardi Gras: Made in China
Filmed on location in Fuzhou, China and New Orleans, Louisiana, the film follows "The Bead Trail" backwards from the bacchanalia at Mardi Gras to the factories in Fuzhou where the beads are made. The film comments on the inequities of globalization by illuminating the clash of cultures by juxtaposing American excess and consumer culture against the harsh life of the Chinese factory worker. This version includes post-Hurricane Katrina updates. Special features: Deleted scenes from the factory and Mardi Gras (ca. 4 min.) ; additional interviews with factory workers Ling Ling, Ga Hong, and Lio Lina, and New Orleans bead artist, John Lawson ; Mardi Gras short (ca. 7 min.). Directed, produced, and edited by David Redmon. c2008. 74 min. DVD X4171

The Men Who Would Conquer China.
How does one buy companies owned by the state of China, support that country's transition to capitalism, and make a fortune at the same time? This film follows the exploits of New York banker Mart Bakal and Hong Kong businessman Vincent Lee as they attempt to launch a multinational venture in China over a three-year period. A film by Nick Torrens and Jane St. Vincent Welch. 79 min. c2004. Video/C MM504

Mini Dragons.
Knows as the "mini-dragons", the Pacific Rim countries of Singapore, Taiwan, South Korea and Hong Kong are vigorous newcomers in the global marketplace. This series explores the personal stories within each nation and the region as a whole. Reflected are Asian as well as Western sensibilities. c1991. 54 min. ea. Video/C 3186 - 3189

Mini Dragons II.
Continues the Mini Dragaon series with three newcomers to the global economic scene: Indonesia, Malaysia, and Thailand. Looks at their economic growth and the soical and cultural forces that drive them. c1991. 60 min. ea. Video/C 3190 - 3192

Modern Heroes, Modern Slaves
Shows the human and sometimes tragic side of the overseas contract worker from the Philippines, where each day, thousands of women leave to seek work as domestics in more prosperous countries. 1997. 45 min. Video/C 7273

The Pacific Century (Pacific Century; 10).
Confronts the economic, political, and cultural challenges that must be faced to secure America's future as a global player in the Pacific Basin region. c1992. 60 min. Video/C 2505

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Philippine Economic Prospects Under the Estrada Administration: Can He Hack It?
Dr. Yu Ming Chin examines the potential problems of the Y2K (year 2000) impact on financial and operations systems of organizations and also gives his views on the new era of paperless business in e-commerce. Dr. Bernardo Villegas gives his candid assessment of how far President Estrada of the Philippines has come in leadership, citing achievements of his administration, the strategies that have worked and failed with commentary on the popular and controversial policies he has implemented. A seminar for economic and business educators, University of Asia & the Pacific, March 20, 1999. 120 min. Video/C 7272

Public & Private Realms in rural Wenzhou, China
Examines how the privatized market economy in southeastern China has paradoxically led to the emergence of a new public spirit as peasants and merchants donate money to nongovernmental organizations. The NGOs examined here include a lineage association, a deity temple, a private school, old people's association and a Catholic church. Includes interviews with a wide range of Chinese, as well as contemporary scenes of daily life, a rural market and a factory. 1994. 52 min. Video/C MM715

Red Capitalism.
An economic revolution is turning China into the world's largest economy. The birthplace of Chinese capitalism is Shenzhen which has exploded from a farming village to an industrial center of 3 million people.This film shows how Western corporations are moving factories to Shenzhen to profit from cheap labor and join one of the world's largest consumer markets. There are 58,000 joint venture corporations - from Proctor & Gamble to Volkswagen - for an annual economic growth of ten percent. So desirable is it to work in Shenzhen that the city must be patrolled to keep out the teeming hopefuls. Scientists are working as clerks, and teachers on assembly lines because they earn more doing menial work here. This Mecca of free enterprise has its seamy side. Crime and prostitution abound. Yet from Avon salesladies to manic millionaires, its inhabitants exhibit boundless enthusiasm for the future. 1994. 60 min. DVD X7095; Video/C 6335

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Reducing Poverty in Asia and the Pacific
Looks at the mission, accomplishments and challenges that remain for the Asian Development Bank in its committment to free the region from poverty and to improve the welfare of all of the people of Asia and the Pacific. 2001. 13 min. Video/C 9145

Social Developmen; Involuntary Resettlement
Social Development, Quality Life for All introduces the concerns for social issues in development at the policy and project levels in newly industrialized countries. Involuntary Resettlement in Industrial and Transport Projects outlines the actions projects must take to minimize and alleviate those adverse consequences. This video presents examples of good practices in transport and urban projects that not only build needed infrastructure but also take the needs of the affected population into account during planning and implementation. c2001. 22 min. Video/C MM250

South Korea.
Examines the dissatisfaction with South Korea's economic miracle, which was brought about by low wages, political dictatorship, martial law, and giant industrial conglomerates that dominate the country's economy. Looks at the challanges faced by the people as they grapple with the impending transition to a technology-based economy. c1991. 28 min. Video/C 3186

Activities of large international corporations are discussed in interviews with their managers, opponents and economists. This film focuses on the activities of aluminum companies as examples of multinational companies whose interests are often at odds with the needs of people and the environment. 1987. 57 min. Video/C 6631

Taiwan (Mini-Dragons II).
Examines Taiwan's economic success and the political changes since the lifting of martial law. Asks whether the economic miracle can be sustained amidst the turmoil of political democratization. c1991. 54 min. Video/C 3187

Thailand My Love.
A look at the cultural and technological developments of Thailand. Produced by the Mitsubishi Motor Corporation. 198?. 30 min. Video/C 1951

This documentary shows 5 examples where young people born in the Chinese countryside have left for the city. 1. A factory at Xiaolan Town, Zhongshan, Guangdong Province: Many young people from farming communities leave home to find work in factories. 2. Yiwu International trade City, Zhejiang Province: An advantaged geographic location gives this city an opportunity to connect the "world factory" to the "world market;" and local farmers' lands. Some of them have engaged in the wholesale business, and find themselves to be nouveaux riches, with lifestyles nothing like that of their farming past. 3. A college town in Shanghai: In the past, it was the promise of a good education that motivated young people to leave their land; now, the situation has changed. 4. Another way to change one's destiny: Join the military. 5. A village in Luoyang, Henan Province: All young farmers have left to work in the cities, leaving only children, women, and the elderly. Young people returning from the cities to help with the harvest have left hastily, leaving an elder, talking solitarily to the camera. Director, Du Haibin. 2007. 93 min. DVD X257

Description from Icarus Films catalog

Vietnam Today, Open for Business.
The present Vietnamese Communist government is moving the country away from a failed centralized command economy into one driven by the forces of the open market. This program features interviews with top Vietnamese officials responsible for guiding the country out of poverty and into the 21st century. Among the issues discussed are laws affecting foreign investors, wise land use policies, privatization of industry, foreign investments, planned improvements in the infrastructure, and opportunities and pitfalls for businesses in a rapidly changing economy. 1995. 51 min. Video/C 4647

Who's the Enemy? (Made in America; 1).
Asian countries are trying to leapfrog out of third-world status by building a well-educated workforce, and even some places in the U. S. are trying to lure high-tech industries with the same approach. So whose fault is it that Japan took almost the whole consumer electronics industry away from the United States? c1992. 50 min. Video/C 2585

Who's the Enemy? (Human Geography, People Places and Change; 10).
Film examines China with particular emphasis on Shanghai, as it opens itself to economic and social influences from the West and from other Asian nations. 1996. 27 min. Video/C 4250

South Asia

Over the past decade, India has emerged as the leader in the global market for white-collar "outsourcing" jobs-- a notable component of India's rapid economic growth. This documentary explores the experience of young Indian men and women who have been recruited into these new jobs requiring long hours, night shifts, and westernized work habits. Also reveals the human and cultural effect on Indian family life, the evolving cities and towns, and on the aspirations and daily lives of young Indians, especially women, entering the work force. Dist.: Films Media Group. Originally broadcast on PBS television program Wide angle on Sept. 13, 2005. 57 min. DVD 6570

Bombay Calling DVD X1299
King of Calls DVD X1299
Calcutta Calling DVD 8682
Nalini by Day, Nancy by Night DVD 5383
Diverted to Delhi Video/C 9721

Hudson, Dale. "Undesirable Bodies and Desirable Labor: Documenting the Globalization and Digitization of Transnational American Dreams in Indian Call Centers." Cinema Journal; Fall2009, Vol. 49 Issue 1, p82-102, 21p UC users only

The Bomb Under the World.
An ornately decorated elephant leads a parade through anIndian village, in a promotional campaign for soap. Consumer society is coming, and India's growing population looks for the same goods and a similar living standard as the West enjoys. This film examines the consequences of Western-style consumerism in a large developing country. 1994 52 min. Video/C 7203

Bombay Calling
Well educated English-speaking youth in India, eager to cash in on the global gold rush of telemarketing jobs from the West are willing to sacrifice almost anything to do it. For their efforts, they are paid more money than their parents ever dreamed of earning. And they spend it, frequenting a new brand of all-night discos that cater to their unusual office hours. In Bombay Calling, filmmakers Ben Addelman and Samir Mallal dive into the bustling world of late nights, long hours and hard partying in Bombay. The result is a compelling insider's look at youth culture in India, and a growing number of young people who choose to follow the American dream...Indian style. Written and directed by Ben Addelman, Samir Mallal. Dist.: Third World Newsreel. 2006. 71 min. DVD 6686

1-800-India DVD X1299
King of Calls DVD X1299
Calcutta Calling DVD 8682
Nalini by Day, Nancy by Night DVD 5383
Diverted to Delhi Video/C 9721

Hudson, Dale. "Undesirable Bodies and Desirable Labor: Documenting the Globalization and Digitization of Transnational American Dreams in Indian Call Centers." Cinema Journal; Fall2009, Vol. 49 Issue 1, p82-102, 21p UC users only

Calcutta Calling
A snapshot of globalization at work in the 21st century. This documentary follows Vikeel Uppal, a young man who works in a busy calling center, as he gets tutored in the English language, learns pronunciation from commercials and movies, and watches English soccer matches to gain insight into the people he calls on a daily basis. Director, Andre Hormann. Dist. Cinema Guild. c2005. 17 min. DVD 8682

Bombay Calling DVD X1299
Diverted to Delhi DVD X1893; Video/C 9721
King of Calls DVD X1299
Nalini by Day, Nancy by Night DVD 5383
1-800-INDIA DVD 6570

Coding Culture: Bangalore's Software Industry: A Series of Three Films
Three films explore the culture of outsourced work and the molding of a workforce for the global high-tech services industry. Each film focuses on one of the major types of software companies located in Bangalore. Fun@sun provides an inside look at Indian Engineering Centre (the subsidiary of American company Sun Microsystems), and highlights the way American-style management practices are transplanted to India. The 'M' way depicts the high-pressure, customer-centric work culture of MphasiS Limited, an Indian IT services company. July Boys was shot at July Systems, a new kind of venture capital-funded, high-end startup company in Bangalore. 2006. 85 min. DVD X294

Credit Where Credit is Due (Life ; [16])
Part 16 of a series on how the globalized world economy affects ordinary people. This segment examines the Bangladesh Rural Advancement Committee that provides micro-credit to rural women in Bangladesh who live on the edge of poverty. It recounts how taking out a loan revolutionized the lives of village women -- not only increasing their incomes but also helping to improve their, and their children's, health. Produced and directed by Ashley Bruce. c2000. 24 min. Video/C 7776

Bullfrog Films catalog description

Diverted to Delhi
The toll-free telephone numbers used to place orders are often answered thousands of miles away by Indians trained to speak and think like Americans, or Brits or Australians. This film follows a group of university graduates through a rigorous 3-week course which they hope will prepare them for prestigious, well paying positions in these call centers. Over 200 of the U.S. Fortune 500 companies now choose to service their clients via Indian call centers where labor and set-up costs are low and the staff highly educated. c2002. 55 min. DVD X1893; Video/C 9721

Description from Filmakers Library Catalog

Bombay Calling DVD X1299
Calcutta Calling DVD 8682
King of Calls DVD X1299
Nalini by Day, Nancy by Night DVD 5383
1-800-INDIA DVD 6570

Empowering Women in Nepal: Credit Where It's Due
Women in Nepal bear the brunt of farming and household chores and have very limited access to their own real property, savings, and credit. But now, in villages throughout the country, women are beginning to improve their lot with the help of microcredit projects that encourage cash savings and provide livelihood skills training and credit. This video presents three rural Nepali women who have taken control of their lives through microenterprise projects, reaping not only economic and financial benefits, but a new sense of unity and power. 2001. 10 min. Video/C MM429

Join the Doyens as They Talk About Their Companies' Journey to the Top League
Looks at firms in India and the strategies of their CEO's in bringing their companies into the top ranks of successful Industries. Here they share their visions, ideas and strategic insights on competing in the global marketplace. Participants: Narayan Murthy, Rahul Bajaj, Ajay Piramal, Subhash Chandra, Deepak Parekh, Sumantra Ghoshal, Gita Piramal. Based on "Managing radical changes by Prof. Sumantra Ghoshal, Gita Piramal, and Chris Barlett". c2005. 357 min. DVD 8920

King of Calls: Telemarketers in India /
In a call center in India, young sales agents struggle to sell an unmarketable product and are at risk for losing their jobs. This poignant but humorous film points up the absurdities that can occur in the global telemarketing industry. Equipped with new American names and rudimentary English, they begin to pursue customers. Confusion reigns supreme, and no sales are made as the agents frantically dial, fearing the loss of their precious jobs. Dist.: Films Media Group. 2008. 29 min. DVD X1299

Bombay Calling DVD X1299
Calcutta Calling DVD 8682
Diverted to Delhi DVD X1893; Video/C 9721
Nalini by Day, Nancy by Night DVD 5383
1-800-INDIA DVD 6570

The La$t Market
Featuring an interview with C. K. Prahalad, Professor of Corporate Strategy at the University of Michigan, "The Last Market" explains how the world's poor, who collectively have enormous buying power, represent an untapped engine of global economic growth. The film explores the pros and cons of strategies to market to the poor, questioning whether it is truly possible for corporations such as Philips to revamp capitalism so that it works for everyone. Can poverty be fought with profitability? Is this a win-win situation or merely a neocolonial strategy in disguise? Focuses on the Dutch multinational corporation, Philips, and its efforts to develop one of the world's largest emerging markets in India with new products, including an inexpensive woodstove and a battery-charged lamp. A film by Shuchen Tan. c2007. 48 min. DVD X254

Description from Icarus Films catalog

Made in India.
Portrait of the women's organization in India, called SEWA, that holds to the simple yet radical belief that poor women need organizing, not welfare. Inspired by the political, economic and moral model advocated by Gandhi, SEWA has grown since it founding to a membership of 217,000 and its bank now has assets of over $4 million. SEWA is at its core a trade union for the self-employed that offers union membership to d) the illiterate women who sell vegetables, pick up scraps for recycling from the streets and engage in small cottage industries. A film by Patricia Plattner. 1998. 52 min. Video/C 7083

Women Make Movies catalog description

Nalini by Day, Nancy by Night
A documentary about the outsourcing of American jobs to India. From the perspective of an Indian immigrant living in the United States, using humor and satire to capture the lives of Indian telemarketers who undergo voice and accent training to speak to U.S. customers with an American accent. A complex look at life as per Eastern Standard Time in India. A film by Sonali Gulati. 2005. 27 min. DVD 5383

Women Make Movies catalog description

Diverted to Delhi DVD X1893; Video/C 9721
Bombay Calling DVD X1299
King of Calls DVD X1299
Calcutta Calling DVD 8682
1-800-INDIA DVD 6570

Hudson, Dale. "Undesirable Bodies and Desirable Labor: Documenting the Globalization and Digitization of Transnational American Dreams in Indian Call Centers." Cinema Journal; Fall2009, Vol. 49 Issue 1, p82-102, 21p UC users only

The Other Side of Outsourcing
What happens when the demands of the global economy with all of its excess baggage of Westernizing forces collides with the deeply held traditions of an age-old culture like India's? Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Thomas L. Friedman heads to the heart of the conflict and examines how this clash of cultures is affecting the everyday lives of Indian workers, many of them young people, who are caught in the middle. Learn how this noble, proud society is coping with a struggle unlike any it's ever faced: balancing the desire to benefit from the opportunities offered by the new world market with internal efforts to protect their cultural heritage from the eroding influence of American values. 2004. 50 min. DVD 3508

Outsourcing: White Collar Exodus
Contents: The death of distance -- A twist of the twine -- My job went to India and all I got was this lousy t-shirt -- Regulation -- Good-bye middle class -- Sushi and tulips -- There is only one constant: change. More than two million jobs have been outsourced from the U.S. to India since 2000. This documentary explores factors that encourage the outsourcing (U.S. laws, special training and cheap wages in India ...) and the impact the outsourcing has on both the U.S. and Indian workers. Analysts consider possible U.S. policy and natural economic responses to the outsourcing. Dist: Films Media Group. 2005. 50 min. DVD 4515

SEWA: Self-employed Women's Association
A portrait of the women's organization in India, called SEWA, that holds to the simple yet radical belief that poor women need organizing, not welfare. Inspired by the political, economic and moral model advocated by Gandhi, SEWA has grown since it founding to a membership of 217,000 and its bank now has assets of over $4 million. SEWA is at its core a trade union for the self-employed that offers union membership to the illiterate women who sell vegetables, pick up scraps for recycling from the streets and engage in small cottage industries. 52 min. 1998. Video/C 7083

Welcome to Alang, India, the site of a gargantuan scrap yard where ocean-going ships come to die. Forty thousand Indians live and work here, dismembering and scavenging the hulks of 400 vessels every year. This documentary chronicles the daily lives of the people who work here, the barefoot men who take apart giant mountains of steel by hand, piece by piece, as they spend months toiling sun-up to sun-down destroying ship after ship. It is the world's most unregulated industry. Ship owners rarely bother to abide by the UN Base Convention, which bans shipments of transboundary waste. One worker a day, on average, dies on the job, from gas explosions, falls or from tons of falling steel. Still one in four will contract cancers caused by asbestos, PCBs or other toxic substances. 2005. 46 min. DVD 5647

Sixteen Decisions
Examines the social charter of the Grameen Bank of Bangladesh and the 16 principles which undergird its success by examining the life of Selina, one of the 2.4 million Bangladeshi women building stronger rural economies through microcredit lending. 2000. 59 min. Video/C 7458

Documentary film on the short and long term impact of micro-credit mechanism on Women's self-help groups with reference to South India. A film by Arun Chadha. 2003. 30 min. DVD 7027

The Women's Bank of Bangladesh
Describes the Grameen Bank of Bangladesh and the small-business loans it makes to women only. It describes the philosophy, development and function of the bank and follows the activities of women who have taken out loans to fund their cottage industries. The film also examines the attitudes of those who oppose the bank as being contrary to Islamic law and the defense of bank policy by its founder, economics professor Muhammad Yunus. c1997. 47 min. DVD X6832; Video/C 5498

Other Developing Regions

Advertising Missionaries
In Papua New Guinea, where over three quarters of the population cannot be reached by the regular advertising mediums of television, radio or print, "the market" must be developed by other means. Small theater groups travel the remote highlands performing soap operas devised around advertising messages for a variety of Western products like soft drinks and washing powder. This film follows the theater troupe Wokabout Marketing, and records the reaction of the engrossed audiences. It also parallels the story with some glimpses of village life without Western goods. Directed by Chris Hilton and Gauthier Flauder. 1996. 53 min. DVD X1199

Description from Icarus Films Films catalog

Documents the social and economic empowerment of women in Afghanistan and India whose roles have traditionally been restricted by their cultures. Awakened to new possibilities through education and access to micro-loans these women are redefining their roles in society. In Bihar, India's poorest state, Sister Mary Lobo organizes village women into groups where they learn to save small sums and invest their capital as a group. In Afghanistan, the nation's first woman-led micro-finance institution believes the nation's long-term success is dependent on women's economic freedom. What is emerging in both societies is a new economic system based on alternative values such as sharing and collaboration, where people band together to become more self-sufficient. c2005. 48 min. DVD 6181

Behind the Labels
Lured by false promises and driven by desperation, thousands of Chinese and Filipina women pay high fees to work in garment factories on the pacific island of Saipan, the only U.S. territory exempt from labor and immigration laws. The clothing they sew, bearing the "Made in the USA" label, is shipped duty and quota-free to the U.S for sale by The GAP, J. Crew, Polo and other retailers. Powerful hidden camera footage, along with the garment workers' personal stories, offers a rare glimpse into indentured labor and the workings of the global sweatshop where 14 hour shifts, payless paydays, and lock-downs are routine. A production of the Witness Project which uses video technology to investigate human rights abuses. 2001. 46 min. DVD 3261

Witness web site

Cash in Hand: Microcredit in the Philippines
Access to credit is one of the main keys to lifing people out of poverty. This documentary looks at a microcredit project in the Philippines which has enabled small entrepreneurs to establish weaving, furniture-making and glassblowing cooperatives. Mandaluyong, Metro Manila, Philippines : Asian Development Bank, c1995. 8 min. Video/C MM426

The Digital Dump: Exporting Re-use and Abuse to Africa
Exposes the ugly underbelly of what is thought to be an escalating global trade in toxic, obsolete, discarded computers and other e-scrap collected in North America and Europe and sent to developing countries by waste brokers and so-called recyclers. In Lagos, while there is a legitimate robust market and ability to repair and refurbish old electronic equipment including computers, monitors, TVs and cell phones, the local experts complain that of the estimated 500 40-foot containers shipped to Lagos each month, as much as 75% of the imports are "junk" and are not economically repairable or marketable. Consequently, this e-waste, which is legally a hazardous waste is being discarded and routinely burned in what the environmentalists call yet "another" cyber-age nightmare now landing on the shores of developing countries. 2004. 23 min. DVD 8252

East Africa, Pathway to Growth
Zambia, Tanzania and Uganda are overcoming the legacy of central planning and charting a course from poverty to prosperity. Taking control of their own destiny, these countries have embarked on a voyage of economic recovery which depends on peace, political stability and commitment to reform, and the support of the international community, in which the International Monetary Fund is crucial. 1999. 47 min. Video/C 7347

End of the Rainbow
Examines the cultural, economic and environmental impact of a transnational gold mining operation on a remote farming community in northeastern Guinea. Our two guides, the village chief and the head engineer of the mine, illustrate in telling detail the contrasting lifestyles and worldviews of global corporations and local, pre-industrial societies. Always in the background is the military regime of president Lansana Conté, in power since 1984, which granted the concession to the company. The film asks: who benefits when foreign extractive industries are invited to develop a country's natural resources? Directed by Robert Nugent. 2007. 138 min. DVD X6507

Description from California Newsreel catalog

Tumaini: Stories of Hope and Change
Shot on location in the slums of Nairobi, documents the work of the Kenya Voluntary Women's Rehabilitation Centre, a grassroots agency that reaches out to provide support and economic alternatives to Nairobi's sex workers. The film profiles several women who have received small loans from the agency who are attempting to begin new lives by developing a small business. Produced, directed and edited by Tom Furtwangler. 2003. 29 min. Video/C MM677

Turkey's Tigers: Integrating Islam and Corporate Culture
For years, Turkey has been run by a stridently secular business and political elite, while its devout Muslim citizens have been pushed to the political and economic fringes. But now, even the most committed Muslims are embracing Western-style capitalism and commerce-- and are ascending in Turkish society at the ballot box and in big business. "Turkey's Tigers" captures this modern, unexpected face of Islam unseen in American media. Director, Jon Alpert [and] Matthew O'Neill ; writer, Jon Alpert. Originally broadcast as an episode of the television program: Wide Angle. Dist.: Films Media Group. c2006. 57 min. DVD X5648

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