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Birdsong and Coffee: A Wake Up Call

Explores the inextricable economic and environmental connections between farmers in Latin America, coffee drinkers in the U.S., and the fate of migratory songbirds throughout the Americas. Part 1 of the film examines the background and global intricacy of the "coffee crisis," an ongoing situation that has been described as a "humanitarian catastrophe." To illustrate, we meet coffee growers in the rainforest of southern Costa Rica, whose lives vividly exemplify the unjust effects of global market mechanisms that keep coffee growers' prices down even as the retail prices for coffee increase in the U.S. Part two examines a variety of simple but effective solutions to the coffee crisis and explains the rationale behind and the importance of fair trade coffee. Produced and directed by Anne Macksoud and John Ankele. 2007. 57 min.

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