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Business & Economics in North America

October Country

Presents a beautifully rendered portrait of an American family struggling for stability while haunted by the ghosts of war, teen pregnancy, foster care and child abuse. A collaboration between filmmaker Michael Palmieri and photographer and family member Donal Mosher, this penetrating documentary examines the forces that unsettle the working poor and the violence that lurks beneath the surface of American life. Every family has its ghosts. The Mosher family has more than most.

On the Line, 1924. (The People's Century)

When Henry Ford's Model T rolled onto the scene in 1908, it was inconceivable that it would ever be anything more than a plaything for the wealthy. But mass production and later, Ford's moving assembly line, allowed manufacturers to produce goods at affordable prices that made them accessible to a new mass market. This film follows the acceleration of mass production, from the days of master craftsmen to the pressures and benefits of assembly-line work to the growing strength of "people power" as labor and management struggled to divide the fruits of increased productivity. 1998. 56 min.

Open Outcry

A fascinating look at the high-speed, high-power trading floor of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, which is not only a pressure-cooker workplace, but a self-contained culture, with its own costume, means of communication, rhythms, values and code of conduct. This documentary presents a compelling picture of sudden wealth, equally sudden disaster, and grace under pressure as traders exchange billions of dollars in futures contracts for cattle, pork bellies, Eurodollars and options on the NASDAQ exchange. 2000. 56 min.

People Like Us: Social Class in America

How do income, family background, education, attitudes, aspirations, and even appearance mark someone as a member of a particular social class? Discusses how social class plays a role in the lives of all Americans, whether they live in Park Avenue penthouses, Appalachian trailer parks, bayou houseboats or suburban gated communities. Travels across the U.S. to present stories of family traditions, class mobility, and different lifestyle choices. Part 1. The choices you make reveal your class (Joe Queenan's balsamic vinegar tour ; The trouble with tofu ; How to marry the rich) -- Part 2.

Recognizing and Reporting Suspicious Activity Relating to Financial Crimes

Presents information on money laundering and how employees and businesses can recognize and prevent suspicious financial activities. [Washington, D.C.]: Financial Crimes Enforcement Network, [2003]. 15 min., 22 min.

Roger & Me

A documentary about Flint, Michigan and efforts by native Michael Moore to meet with General Motors' president Roger Smith in order to persuade the executive to visit Flint, a city which is economically depressed due to the closure of a General Motors plant. A film by Michael Moore. 1989. 41 min.
See also: Michael Moore bibliography

Secret History of the Credit Card.

The average American family today carries 10 credit cards. Credit card debt and personal bankruptcies are now at an all time high. With no legal limit on the amount of interest or fees that can be charged, credit cards have become the most profitable sector of the American banking industry: more than $30 billion in profits last year alone. Frontline and the New York times join forces to investigate how an industry few Americans understand became so pervasive, so lucrative, and so powerful. Originally broadcast as a segment of the television program Frontline, Nov. 23, 2004. 60 min.

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.

Should We be Afraid of Google?

This program recounts the remarkable story of Google, but with a twist. In addition to detailed background on co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin, the birth and exponential growth of their company, and the heady experience of working at the Googleplex, the film scrutinizes Google Web Search and various other initiatives--AdWords, Google Earth, Google Book Search, and more--within the context of how the aggregation and commoditization of data threatens both personal privacy and the free spread of uncensored information around the world.

Silicon Valley at the Crossroads

A critical examination of the economic, environmental, educational, and social challenges facing Silicon Valley as it enters the next century. Includes interviews with CEO's of successful high tech companies such as Marimba, Cisco, Exite and Live Picture, as well as with average citizens, city planners, environmentalists, educators, community leaders, labor union officials and anthropologists. c1998. 57 min.