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The Corporation (2003)

145m; U.S.

Director: Mark Achbar, Jennifer Abbott

Cast: Mikela J. Mikael, Rob Beckwermert and Christopher Gora

Synopsis (IMDB): Since the late 18th century American legal decision that the business corporation organizational model is legally a person, it has become a dominant economic, political and social force around the globe. This film takes an in-depth psychological examination of the organization model through various case studies. What the study illustrates is that in the its behaviour, this type of “person” typically acts like a dangerously destructive psychopath without conscience. Furthermore, we see the profound threat this psychopath has for our world and our future, but also how the people with courage, intelligence and determination can do to stop it.

 

Leaving Home (1992)

 

Synopsis: Deindustrialization and U.S-Mexico trade.

 

Lightning Over Braddock: A Rustbowl Fantasy (1988)

80m; U.S.

Director: Tony Buba

Synopsis: Tony Buba, a film maker from Braddock, Pennsylvania, tells the story of his hometown’s decline (along with the rest of the steel mill towns along the Monongahela River) while he dreams of making higher budget films. The picture documents, in a lighthearted way, the community anxiety and activism that accompanied the failure of the steel industry around Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Meanwhile, Sweet Sal the street hustler tries to make it big in Tony’s movies

 

Locked Out in America: Voices from Ravenswood

30m; U.S.

Director: Barbara Kopple

Synopsis: Documentary examines lockout at the dispute between the Ravenswood Aluminum Company and Local 5668 of the United Steelworkers in Ravenswood, WV.

 

Mickey Mouse Goes to Haiti: Walt Disney and the Science of Exploitation (1996)

U.S.

Director: National Labor Committee

Synopsis: An exposé on how Disney treats its workers in Haiti.

Contact: View the documentary here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6_OXhtgHBxk

 

Nalini By Day, Nancy By Night (2005)

27m; India-U.S.

Director: Sonali Gulati

Synopsis (IMDB): A personal narrative documentary film told from the perspective of an Indian living in the U.S., the film journeys into India’s call centers where telemarketer’s acquire American names and accents to service the telephone support industry of the U.S. Nalini by Day, Nancy by Night incorporates animation, live action, and archival footage to explore the complexities of globalization, capitalism, and identity.

 

The New Rulers of the World (2001)

54m; U.K.

Director: Alan Lowery, John Pilger

Synopsis (IMDB): The myths of globalisation have been incorporated into much of our everyday language. “Thinking globally” and “the global economy” are part of a jargon that assumes we are all part of one big global village, where national borders and national identities no longer matter. But what is globalisation? And where is this global village? In 2001, John Pilger made ‘The New Rulers of the World’, a film exploring the impact of globalisation. It took Indonesia as the prime example, a country that the World Bank described as a ‘model pupil’ until its ‘globalised’ economy collapsed in 1998. Globalisation has not only made the world smaller. It has also made it interdependent. An investment decision made in London can spell unemployment for thousands in Indonesia, while a business decision taken in Tokyo can create thousands of new jobs for workers in north-east England..