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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.

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.

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.
Awards American Library Association Video Round Table: Notable Videos for Adults

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.

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.

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.

Affluenza

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.

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. (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.

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.

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.

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