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The World Trade Organization

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

Battle in Seattle (2007)

Director, Stuart Townsend. Cast: Andre Benjamin, Jennifer Carpenter, Woody Harrelson, Martin Henderson, Ray Liotta, Michelle Rodriguez, Channing Tatum, Charlize Theron, Connie Nielsen, Rade Serbedzija. November, 1999. A peaceful demonstration to stop the World Trade Oraganization talks quickly escalates into a full-scale riot, and soon a State of Emergency is declared by the Mayor of Seattle. The streets are mayhem, and the WTO is paralyzed.

Breaking the Bank

Through interviews with demonstration organizers, protestors and journalists, documents the issues surrounding the protests against the WTO and IMF meetings in Seattle and in Washington D.C. 2000. 74 min.

Globalization and the World Trade Organization: Debate.

Panel participants: Ralph Nader, Paul Magnusson, David Aaron, Jagdish Bhagwati, Vandana Shiva, John Cavanagh, R. Scott Miller. A debate on the pros and cons of the World Trade Organization. Proponents of the WTO argue that membership benefits the economy, could further democratic institutions in developing countries through regulation and that WTO rules and regulations provide sufficient protections for consumers, workers and the environment.

Kilometer 0

Looks at the protest against the World Trade Organization meeting held in Cancun, Mexico in September 2003. "The WTO's Cancun is a thin strip of hotels looking out over the sea with its back to the city and the jungle. It is an illusion of a place outside of history and geography - where there is no poverty, no memory, and no need to change your dollars. This illusion is the big lie of power: a lie that is repeated and enforced in different ways in different places, that sustains and is sustained by massive systemic violence." -- Film introduction. 2003. 58 min.

Life and Debt

Set in Jamaica, this film is a case study of how contemporary free trade policies and global financial institutions such as the International Monetary Fund, World Bank and World Trade Organization affect the economies of developing nations. Includes interviews with IMF Deputy Director Stanley Fischer, Haitian president Jean-Bertrand Aristide, Jamaica's former Prime Minister Michael Manley as well as tourists, farmers, Rastafarians, factory workers and others. Based on "A small place" by Jamaica Kincaid. Director, Stephanie Black. c2001. 86 min.

Paint it Black: Anarchism, Urban Uprising, and the Mainstream News Media

A documentary made in response to the corporate media's portrayal of anarchists since the anti-corporate globalization protests and riots against the WTO in Seattle. There is some excellent dissection of media footage of anarchists, along with an attempt to theoretically frame strategies of anti-capitalist resistance, the Black Bloc and problems of race and the other. 2001. 56 min.

Showdown in Seattle: Five Days that Shook the WTO

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. 4, 1999 by a collaboration of video producers from around the United States reporting on the WTO meetings, world trade issues, popular resistance and police response to the demonstrators. Contents: WTO prelude, Nov. 29, 1999 -- People unite, police riot, Nov 30, 1999 -- Occupied Seattle, Dec. 1, 1999 -- Unwilling captives, Dec.

The Shock Doctrine

The Shock Doctrine seeks to explain the rise of disaster capitalism: the exploitation in moments of crisis of vulnerable countries by governments and big business. When countries are jolted by catastrophic events such as war or natural disasters, they are often subjected to totally unregulated 'free market' remedies that benefit corporations at public expense.

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.