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Global & Human Rights Issues


A film in twelve chapters which tells the tales of people from Bombay, Mexico City, Moscow and New York, who are all struggling for daily survival, with ingenuity, intelligence and dignity. Focuses on the lives of Shankar, the Bioscope Man; Modesto, the chicken feet vendor; Baba Khan, the paint recycler; Nestor, the trash scavenger; street kids Oleg, Borya, Kolya and Misha; Cassandra, the performer; Larissa, the crane driver and Toni, the hustler. A film by Michael Glawogger. 1998. 90 min. ; vhs

Mickey Mouse Goes to Haiti: Walt Disney and the Science of Exploitation

Reports on the use of cheap labor by the Walt Disney Company in its clothing factories in Haiti. Advocates that Disney clean up contractors' factories, guarantee workers' rights, pay a living wage, and open their plants to independent human rights organizations to monitor conditions. 1996. 20 min.

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. How the IMF Tracks Economies and Makes Loans. How does the International Monetary Fund decide who gets a loan?

Modern Slavery

Directors, Thomas Robsahm and Tina Davis. Dist.: Films Media Group. c2008. Captive Servants and Child ProstitutionHouse slavery, the confinement and coercion of unpaid domestic servants, occurs far more frequently across Europe and the United States than most people realize. Even more alarming is the wide-spread use of children as fodder for prostitution rings around the world.

Monkeywrenching the New World Order: Global Capitalism and Its Discontents. [Sound Recording]

"This double CD ranges over the changing politics of globalization, neoliberalism and world trade, colonialism and debt, militarism and policing, native and indigenous rights and struggles, frankenfood and genetic engineering, capitalism and the fairy-tale economic boom -- and the leading alternatives to and struggles against a system which puts profits over people, unregulated growth over sustainability and money over morals."

Myth of the "Clash of Civilizations

In this lecture delivered at the University of Massachusetts, Edward Said in a critique of the groundbreaking book by Samuel Huntington takes aim at one of the central tenents of recent foreign policy thinking - that conflicts between different and clashing "civilizations" (Western, Islamic, Confucian) characterize the contemporary world. Said argues that collapsing complex, diverse and contradictory groups of people into vast, simplistic abstractions has disastrous consequences.

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.

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. web web sites: Women Make Movies catalog description

New World Order

Explores activists who are committed to vigorously opposing what they perceive to be an emerging "New World Order," with particular focus on their efforts to expose the highly secretive meetings of the Bilderberg Group, promotion of the 9/11 Truth Movement, and opposition to the erosion of traditional American, Constitutionally-based civil and political rights and liberties. Directed by Luke Meyer, Andrew Neel. c2009. 85 min.

No Logo: Brands, Globalization, Resistance

Using hundreds of media examples, No Logo shows how the commercial takeover of public space, destruction of consumer choice, and replacement of real jobs with temporary work (the dynamics of corporate globalization) impact everyone, everywhere. It also draws attention to the resistance arising globally to challenge the hegemony of brands. c2003. 42 min.

web web sites: Description from Media Education Foundation catalog