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Business & Economics

Exporting Harm: The High-tech Trashing of Asia

Unbeknownst to many, "recycling" electronic waste often means that the material is shipped to Asia, where it causes major environmental, health, and occupational hazards. This film reveals "the dirty secrets" of the high-tech revolution and provides a ringing call to action for corporate responsibility and global environmental justice. Video by Jim Puckett. 2004. 23 min.

Extreme Oil.

Dist.: Films Media Group. 2004. 57 min. each installment, Pipeline. Follows the circuitous route of the 1,100-mile BTC oil pipeline, that links the cites of Baku, in Azerbaijan; Tbilisi, in Georgia; and Ceyhan, in Turkey. The pipeline will transport the previously untapped energy reserves of the Caspian Sea to the Mediterranean, but its route makes many detours around areas of regional conflict and territorial dispute. The Oil Curse.

Eyes on the Fries.

While good jobs in high tech and manufacturing are increasingly hard to find, companies like Subway, Starbucks, and Blockbuster are opening stores at a pace of one a day. This film examines the rise of the low wage service sector and what it means for a generation of young Americans whose lives depend on it. A film by Casey Peek and Jeremy Blasi. 2004. 21 min.

Falling Into the Trade Gap

Do you know where your fashions come from? This video introduces you to Leslie, a 16 year old Honduran girl, who makes sweaters for Liz Claiborne, earning 60 cents for each one completed. Her story is a common one among many girls in Central America. In countries across the region young women work 12 hour days making clothing for U.S. companies such as Liz Claiborne and the Gap. Charles Kernaghan of the National Labor Committee joins Paper Tiger in piecing together this ironic tale of the bitter reality behind these popular clothing manufacturers. New York: Paper Tiger Television, 1995.

Farmland Forever

A discussion with American farmers about a land protection tool called "purchase of development rights." PDR involves the purchase of a deed restriction on qualified farmland that restricts future use of that land to agricultural or open space uses, either permanently or for a specified period of time. The farmers still own and use the land and can sell or transfer it to others; however, the deed restriction remains for the length of time determined. 1991. 18 min.

Fish is Our Life!

Focuses on the small businessmen-proprietors who work the 1,100 family-owned businesses at Tsukiji Market, Tokyo's largest wholesale fish market. With its many small wholesalers and its seven large auction houses, Tsukiji is a small city in itself, with its own unique culture, work hours, and traditions. The film captures the vitality and earthy humour of a variety of people who work in the market, and examines how they, like all Japanese, are increasingly affected by the global market economy and by changes in the larger Japanese culture. 1995? 28 min.

Floored: For Some, Risking Everything is Nothing

This documentary captures the waning heyday of the Chicago Trading Pits and tells the bizarre and gripping stories of the traders -- 'overgrown kids with money, brains, and a pathological need to release stress' whose chaotic, audacious, and thrill-seeking way of life has all but vanished with the recent shift toward automated computerized stock trading. Directed by James Allen Smith.

Free to Choose.

60 min. each installment. 1980. Hosted by Milton Friedman The Power of the Market. The free market enables people to go into any trade they wish which gives them incentive to work hard and succeed. Human and political freedom is dependent on economic freedom. On tape 2 a panel of experts debate the issue presented on the first tape. pt. 1-2 The Tyranny of Control. Shows what happens when governments plan and control the economic activities of their people. When goverments interfere, there are harmful effects. On tape 2 a panel of experts debate the issue presented on the first tape.

Free Trade Slaves

Film discusses free trade zones and the accompanying human problems that have arisen with human rights, exploitation of workers and environmental degradation. Filmed on location in Sri Lanka, El Salvador, Mexico and Morocco. In English and various languages with English voiceovers. c1999. 58 min.

From the Ground Up

Shows each phase of coffee production, from the moment it is picked until it gets consumed exploring how an ordinary cup of coffee occupies center stage in the world economy. Traveling with the filmmaker from Guatemala to South Carolina to New York City and seeing each phase of coffee production unfold--the growing, picking, processing, distribution, brewing and selling--one comes to understand that most products we use have passed through the hands, and lives, of countless people in numerous countries. A film by Su Friedrich. 2008. 54 min.