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Global & Human Rights Issues

Soldiers for Peace

Documents the history of the United Nations Peacekeeping Forces, which were awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1988 for their hazardous service to the cause of peace. Examines the forces monitoring the Afghanistan Accords, the Iran-Iraq ceasefire, and the buffer zone in southern Labanon. 1988. 26 min.

Something to Hide

Today in the global economy, corporations hide their production around the world behind locked factory gates and armed guards. This documentary investigates the unconditional operations of off-shore corporations contracted by American businesses while looking into the long and difficult hours that adults and children in developing countries are working to produce brand name American products for such firms as Wal-Mart. 1999. 25 min.

T-shirt Travels: The Story of Secondhand Clothes & Third World Debt

What happens to all those old clothes you bring to the Salvation Army or Goodwill Industries? This comprehensive program is about Third World debt and secondhand clothes. The filmmaker travelled to Zambia and was amazed to find almost everyone wearing Calvin Klein, MTV and James Dean t-shirts! Huge bales of American secondhand clothing are sold to African importers, putting the African manufacturers out of business. A secondhand clothing dealer in Zambia carefully selects a bale and transports it by bus ten hours to a market. His profits support his entire extended family.

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. Written and directed by Florian Opitz. c2006. 95 min.

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.

The Debt of Dictators

Exposes the irresponsible lending to brutal dictators by multinational financial institutions. Revealing the widespread impoverishment resulting from these debts, the film transports viewers to Argentina, South Africa, and the Philippines, where essential services have been sacrificed in order to repay these illegitimate loans. In each of the cases, the government pays more in servicing the foreign debts than it does on all essential social services combined.

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.

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.

The Genocide Factor

Originally produced in 2001. 57 min. each installment. Genocide, From Biblical Times Through the Ages. In this program a variety of experts analyze Biblical accounts and some of the earliest documented examples of genocide, as in the Athenian siege of Melos in 416 B.C., to explore the psychology that motivates such violence. This grim survey looks at the extermination of Tasmanians, Native Americans, Namibia's Herero tribe, and the Armenians. Genocide in the First Half of the 20th Century.

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.