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Business & Economics

Buying Into Sexy

A report on how marketers, especially in the clothing industry, are selling a grown-up, sexy image to pre-teen girls. This program follows the daily lives of tween girls, recording their perceptions of fashion, celebrities, boys and themselves. Interviews with both concerned and clueless parents are included, as well as a glimpse into corporate decision making that impacts tween culture. Conversations with Candie's CEO and a hard look at MuchMusic programming practices enhance this social analysis. Dist.: Films Media Group. c2007. 26 min.

Calcutta Calling

A snapshot of globalization at work in the 21st century. This documentary follows Vikeel Uppal, a young man who works in a busy calling center, as he gets tutored in the English language, learns pronunciation from commercials and movies, and watches English soccer matches to gain insight into the people he calls on a daily basis. Director, Andre Hormann. Dist. Cinema Guild. c2005. 17 min.

Capitalism Hits the Fan: A Lecture on the Economic Meltdown

Richard Wolff breaks down the root causes of today's economic crisis, showing how it was decades in the making and in fact reflects seismic failures within the structures of American-style capitalism itself. Wolff traces the sources of the economic crisis to the 1970's, when wages began to stagnate and American workers were forced into a dysfunctional spiral of borrowing and debt that ultimately exploded in the mortgage meltdown.

Capitalism: A Love Story

Filmmaker Michael Moore examines the history of free-market capitalism in post-Reagan America and questions its efficacy as the basis for the nation's economy. He also explores the root causes of the global economic meltdown and takes a comical look at corporate and political shenanigans. Along the way he tries to answer the question: What is the price that America pays for its love of capitalism? Contents: Imperial parallels -- Home loss -- Condo vultures -- What is capitalism?

Cartoon$ Make a Mint

Five of John Sutherland's classic economic/industrial information films. Contents: Meet King Joe (1949, 10 min.) -- It's everybody's business (1954, 20 min.) -- Going places (1948, 9 min.) -- Make mine freedom (1948, 10 min.) -- Leap frog (aka. Why play leap frog?) (1949, 9 min.).

Cash in Hand: Microcredit in the Philippines

Access to credit is one of the main keys to lifing people out of poverty. This documentary looks at a microcredit project in the Philippines which has enabled small entrepreneurs to establish weaving, furniture-making and glassblowing cooperatives. Mandaluyong, Metro Manila, Philippines : Asian Development Bank, c1995. 8 min.

Change Makers: The Struggle for Consumer Rights

Traces the history of the struggle to obtain and defend consumer rights in the United States since World War II. Based on fascinating interviews with prominent consumer leaders from the fields of education, government and consumer activism, this is history told by those who lived it. Their words are combined with archival footage of the events described, to illustrate often heroic efforts on behalf of the American consumer. 1995. 56 min.

China and Its Sphere, [Pt.2] (Power of Place: World Regional Geography. 23-24; 1)

Prog. 23. China's metropolitan heartland: Shanghai, awakening the giant. Nanjing, rural industry.--Prog. 24. The Booming maritime edge: Guangdong, the booming maritime edge. Taiwan, avoiding the crush.

China Blue

Following a pair of denim jeans from birth to sale, China Blue links the power of the U.S. consumer market to the daily lives of a Chinese factory owner and two teenaged female factory workers. Filmed both in the factory and in the workers' faraway village, this documentary provides a rare, human glimpse at China's rapid transformation into a free market society. Directed by Micha X. Peled. 2005. 88 min.

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China Trade

First segment: South African president, Nelson Mandela, discusses his plan to forge a "government of national unity." Second segment: Examines the controversy surrounding the linking of trade to human rights policy, with regard to China's "most favored nation" status, through interviews with politicians, the Dali Lama and former Chinese political prisoner, Wang Juntao.