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Global & Human Rights Issues

Population 6 Billion.

Discusses problems creating by the growing human population, which surpassed the 6 billion mark in 1999. Covers topics such as poverty, illiteracy, the toll on the environment, and water, food and other resource shortages. Addresses the grim realities of life in third-world nations while discussing population control initiatives in Vietnam, Uganda, and Mexico that include family planning, HIV/AIDS testing and counseling, sex education, and efforts to improve the economic status of women. Produced, written and edited by Sam Shinn and Jonathan Silvers. 1999. 58 min.

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. Europe: Confronting New Challenges, [Pt.1]. Europe: Confronting New Challenges, [Pt.2].. Russia's Fracturing Federation. North America: The Post-Industrial Transformation, [Pt.1]. North America: The Post-Industrial Transformation, [Pt.2]. The Geographic Dynamic of the Pacific Rim, [Pt.2].

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. web web sites: First Run/Icarus catalog

Reflections on a Global Screen

Globalization of the media: does it lead to homogenized culture or encourage the spread of diverse cultures? Examines the social impact of television programming which is broadcast simultaneously and instantaneously around the world and examines the future of communication technology. 1996. 27 min.

Refugees: The Last Resort

Demonstrates the brutal violations of human rights that force people to flee from their homes and become refugees as their last hope for survival A production of the Witness Project which uses video technology to investigate human rights abuses. 2000. 6 min. web web sites:Witness web site

Rx for Survival

Disease warriors: Chronicles the groundbreaking work of early researchers, such as Louis Pasteur, who unmasked germs as the source of illness. Today, vaccines have made huge strides against epidemics, conquering smallpox and bringing global eradication of polio within reach. But the world still faces major challenges in getting basic vaccines to those who still need them, and in creating new ones to combat modern nemeses, like AIDS.

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.

Shadow Governmen: How the Global Elite Plan to Destroy Democracy and Your Freedom

Security cameras, surveillance of private financial transactions, radio frequency spy chips hidden in consumer products, eavesdropping on e-mail correspondence and phone calls, and Internet tracking. No one is protected, and privacy is a thing of the past. Grant Jeffrey details how an ultra-secret global elite, functioning as a very real shadow government, controls technology, finance, international law, world trade, political power, and vast military capabilities. These unnamed, unrivaled leaders answer to no earthly authority, and they won't stop until they control the world.

Showdown in Seattle: Five Days That Shook the WTO

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. 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.

Silent Killer: The Unfinished Campaign Against Hunger

Shows the face and causes of hunger around the world. Focuses on Kenya, South Africa, Mexico and Brazil. Highlights the "fome zero" project that is taking massive steps to alleviate the hunger conditions in Brazil. 2005. 57 min. web web sites: Description from Bullfrog Films catalog