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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.


The survival of communities is threatened when big business buys the water supply. This documentary tells the stories of communities in Japan, Bolivia, India and the United States where global corporations are buying up local water supplies, investigating such questions as: Is water part of a shared "commons," a human right for all people? Or is it a commodity to be bought, sold and traded in a global marketplace? c2004. 62 min. web web sites:
Description from Bullfrog Films catalog

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. 2000. 60 min.
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This Is What Free Trade Looks Like: the NAFTA Fraud in Mexico, The Failure of the WTO, and the Case for Global Revolt (Asi vive el libro comercio : el fraude del TLC en Mexico, el fracaso de la OMC, y el porque de la rebelion global)

Designed as a companion film to This is what democracy looks like, this is one of the first activist films to carefully explain how free trade operates. It does so from the perspective of the Mexican experience with ten years of NAFTA. Activists and scholars authoritatively condemn free trade as a solution to poverty and discuss the impacts on farmers, workers, youth, and immigrants. Shot in Cancun, Mexico on the occasion of the 5th WTO ministerial in September 2003, it contextualizes the growing international resistance to free trade policies. Written and directed by Amory Starr.

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.

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. Part 2: Bootstrap Banking in America.

Transplant Tourism.

Looks at the multi-million dollar international trade in human kidneys. Poor people in Turkey, Pakistan, India, Iraq, Russia, China and the Philippines undergo invasive surgery, risking on-going health problems for a one-off payment which might improve their lives. Includes interviews with transplant patients, kidney sellers and brokers, doctors, and bio-ethicists. Directed by David Paperny. 1999. 52 min.

U.S. Foreign Policy in the Third World, Problems of Human Rights.

From the series, Conversations. #23: Thomas Farer, distinguished professor of law at Rutgers University and former president of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, discusses the work of the Commission in investigating human rights violations in Latin America and analyzes the Reagan administration's policies concerning human rights in third world countries and the factors that influence and change such policies from administration to administration. Interviewed by Harry Kreisler and Albert Fishlow, professor of economics at Yale University. 1983. 60 min.

UNICEF, The First Forty Years

Archival footage traces the history of UNICEF from its earliest work in post WWII Europe through its efforts to lower infant mortality rates in the developing world. Chronicles the ethic of a global partnership on behalf of children. 1988. 28 min.

United Nations Peacemaking

Examines the role of the UN's Secretary-General in undertaking quiet diplomacy around the world. United Nations peacekeeping forces are seen at work in this historic documentary in Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan, Cyprus, and Namibia. 1988. 30 min.