Past Film Series

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2007 2006 2005 2004 2003
Globalization Environment Peace & Justice
Economics: Reinventing the World Visions of Utopia: Experiments in Sustainable Culture Bombies
Cappuccino Trail:The Global Economy in a Cup Natural Connections Samsara
Who’s Counting Escape from Affluenza Satya, Prayer for the Enemy
T-Shirt Travels Buy-ology – Science of Buying & Selling (How They Sell) Gaza Strip
Banking on Life and Debt Buy-ology – Science of Buying & Selling (Why We Buy)  
Cancel the Debt, Now Save Our Lands, Save Our Towns  
Profit and Nothing, But Flouridation: Do We Need It?  
New Rulers of the World A Lot In Common  
Global Banquet, Politics of Food The Next Industrial Revolution  
  Fed Up!Genetic Engineering, Industrial Agriculture and Sustainable Alternatives  
  Empty Oceans, Empty Nets  
  Koyaanisqatsi  
  Drumbeat for Mother Earth  



Globalization

November 11, 2003: Economics: Reinventing the World, 50 mins, 2001

Takes an insightful look at the modern economic system and its purported benefit to global society. It denounces the myths that everything has a price tag, purchasing things will bring people happiness, and that wealth, happiness, and fulfillment are inseparable from money. It asserts that focusing on human and natural capital can truly benefit society and suggests that the values of life outweigh financial values.

Second Place, EarthVision International Environmental Video Festival  

October 21, 2003: Cappuccino Trail:The Global Economy in a Cup 50 mins, 2001

A 150-pound bag of coffee beans might earn a farmer $50; the "street value” of that same bag--10,000 cups of coffee--is around $20,000. By following the trail of two coffee beans grown in the Peruvian Andes, this program takes a unique look at the ubiquitous stimulant which, after oil, is the most globally traded commodity. One bean takes the route of the open market where its price is determined by commodities traders and analysts. The other bean finds its way into a new gourmet coffee launched in Britain by a company dedicated to paying fair prices to farmers for their high-quality organic crop.

August 26, 2003, August 12, 2005:  Who’s Counting - Directed by Terre Nash, 94 mins, 1996

Maryiln Waring on Sex, Lies & Global Economics

Marilyn Waring is the foremost spokesperson for global feminist economics, offering new avenues of approach for political action. challenging the myths of economics, its elitist stance, and our tacit compliance with political agendas that masquerade as objective economic policy. “Why is the market economy all that counts?  This film has inspired many people, notably the Who's Counting Project, to work on human-scale economic alternatives, local currency exchanges, and more humane ways of measuring the quality of life.  

"Meeting Marilyn Waring on film will forever change your perception of justice, economics, and the worth of your own works. Watch this film." Gloria Steinem

"I give this film every superlative...riveting, revealing, inspiring etc. It penetrates to the heart of the global, ecological, and social crisis that afflicts the world."  Dr. David Suzuki

Chris Award, Columbus International Film & Video Festival
GENIE Award, Human Rights Watch International Film Festival
Silver Plaque, Chicago International Film Festival

August 12, 2003: T-Shirt TravelsDirected by Shanta Bloemen, 57 mins, 2001

What happens to all those old clothes you bring to the Salvation Army or Goodwill Industries? Focusing on Zambia, this journey investigates the second hand clothes business, how it plays a devastating role in the economy and seeks to understand the growing inequalities that exist between the first and third world. The film draws connections between the history of colonialism, slavery, depletion of Africa’s natural resources and the current huge debt and IMF/World Bank structural adjustment policies resulting in terrible suffering from malnutrition, poor healthcare, inadequate schools and a crumbling infra-structure.

Best Documentary, Human Rights and Justice, Vermont International Film Festival, 2001
Best Documentary, Atlanta Film Festival, 2001
Certificate of Merit, San Francisco International Film Festival, 2001

July 29, 2003: Banking on Life and Debt   Mary Knoll Productions, 30 mins, 1995

Narrated by actor Martin Sheen, presents a highly informative analysis of the origins and development of the IMF and the World Bank. It examines the ways in which these international financial institutions have usurped control of economic and political decision making in Ghana, Brazil, and the Philippines, and analyzes the disastrous effects of their structural adjustment policies.

July 29, 2003: Cancel the Debt, NowDirected by Ann Macksoud and John Ankele, 24 mins, 1999

What is the origin of Third World debt? Narrated by actress Julie Harris the video explores how aggressive lending policies in the 1970s helped create the Third World debt and how, beginning in the 1980s, heavy-handed and misguided World Bank and IMF structural adjustment policies exacerbated poverty. The video explains how the multilateral institutions not only weaken national economies but also undermine governments in developing countries.

July 15, 2003: Profit and Nothing, But  - Directed by Raoul Peck, 52 mins, 2001

Who said that the economy serves mankind? What is this world where the wealthiest two percent in rich countries, control everything?  Raoul Peck contrasts the ‘triumphant capitalist’ system  with the devastating reality in his native land, Haiti where its GNP for the next thirty years is roughly equivalent to Bill Gates (current) fortune. The film's stark images of the lives of the damned on earth provide a striking backdrop for a pertinent, and impertinent, exploration of the profit motive and its consequences on our day to day lives, our history, and our outlook for the future.

 

June 24, 2003: New Rulers of the World - Directed and presented by John Pilger, 53 mins, 2002

Who are the real beneficiaries of the globalized economy?  Who really rules the world now?  Governments or a handful of huge corporations? The film looks at the new rulers of the world – great multinationals and the governments and institutions that back them - the IMF and the World Bank.  The reality behind much of modern shopping and the famous brands is the loss of millions of jobs, and a sweatshop economy duplicated in country after country. 

Silver Hugo Award, Chicago International TV Competition

June 1, 2003: Global Banquet, Politics of Food - Directed by Ann Macksoud and John Ankele, 50 mins, 2001

Details how several large multi-national corporations have come to dominate the food production business, driving small family farmers both in the US and developing world out of existence, controlling markets, destroying the ability of developing nations to feed themselves and perpetuating the structures which promote poverty and hunger.

James Goldstone Filmmaker Award, Vermont International Film Festival

Cine Golden Eagle Award

 

Environment

December 16, 2003: Visions of Utopia: Experiments in Sustainable Culture 94 mins, 2002

Many people are looking to bring more community into their lives and this video tells the story of ordinary people with extraordinary visions of living and working together to build a better world.  The program takes the viewer on a tour from the history of shared living to seven very different and vibrant intentional communities:  Ananda Village, Breitenbush Hot Springs, Camphill Special School, Earthaven, Nyland Cohousing, Purple Rose Collective and Twin Oaks.  

December  9, 2003: Natural Connections, 46 mins, 2000

Uses interviews with well-spoken scientists, beautiful photography, top quality graphics, and original music to underline the importance of maintaining biodiversity, if we as a species want to survive and thrive on our home planet. Introduces the basic concepts of biodiversity, and takes a close-up look at salmon, rainforests, and marine ecosystems as examples. Many programs call for us all to consume less in order to leave enough room for other species, on whom ultimately our survival depends. Few do it so effectively and positively.

5 Emmy Awards
Gold Hugo, Chicago International Television Competition
Best of Category, Best Educational Value, Best Scientific Content and Best Conservation Message, International Wildlife Film Festival, Missoula
UNESCO Silver Medal, The New York Festivals
Best of Category, EarthVision Environmental Film & Video Festival
Best Graphic Design, International Monitor Awards
Bronze Anvil Award, Public Relations Society of America
 SAVVY Award
Lemos Award for Artistic Achievement, Latham Foundation Search for Excellence Video Contest.

December 2, 2003: Escape from Affluenza, 56 mins, 1998

Shows audiences how to declare their independence from the epidemic of rampant consumerism and materialism ailing Americans and our environment by adopting the practices of simple living.  Uses expert commentary, thought-provoking vignettes and humor to show how people can reduce their consumption and simplify their lives.

Honorable Mention, Columbus International Film & Video Festival  

November 25, 2003: Buy-ology – Science of Buying & Selling (How They Sell) 51 mins, 2001

Reveals the strategies being used to ensure that wallets and purses remain open for business and shares insights into the importance of advertising, store design, product placement, and buyer behavior analysis—all underlying aggressive new approaches that have redefined consumers as targets.  Produced by BBC.

November 18, 2003: Buy-ology – Science of Buying & Selling (Why We Buy) 51 mins, 2001

Places consumers under a microscope to quantify the psychological spectrum of buying, focusing on a variety of topics, including the biochemistry of shopping, the intersection of branding and lifestyle, consumerism as a way of life, and compulsive shopping disorder.  Produced by BBC.

November 4, 2003: Save Our Lands, Save Our Towns, 57 mins, 2001

Taps into the growing concern of  urban sprawl and gives logical reasons why America's towns can be rebuilt and its countryside preserved from strip malls and subdivisions. The program is designed to be engaging and personal -- a voyage of discovery, rather than a mere recitation of facts, with moments of revelation, humor and emotion.

Best of Category, EarthVision International Environmental Video Festival
Bronze Plaque, Columbus International Film Festival

October 28, 2003: Flouridation: Do We Need It? 

Presenting both sides of the controversial fluoridation issue.  On the pro side is a 10 minute video from the American Dental Association on the benefits of fluoridation and on the opposite side is a 30 minute video from Flouride Alert upon the risks and the dangerous health effects of toxic fluoride in our water.

October 7, 2003: A Lot In Common 76 mins, 2003

Meet your extraordinary neighbors: Ruthe the psychic, Roosevelt the grandpa, Joan the single mom, Karl the community organizer. Witness them take over an abandoned lot in Berkeley, California, and transform it over a five-year period into a disarmingly beautiful community garden and commons area, a vibrant space alive with kids, neighborhood events, lush planting beds, eco-friendly demonstration projects and stunning public art. Interviews with urban planning visionary Jane Jacobs, PBS reporter/author Ray Suarez, environmentalist Paul Hawken, and Urban Habitat co-founder Carl Anthony, lend context and background to the discussion of the Commons.

September 30, 2003: The Next Industrial Revolution, 55 mins, 2001 Architect Bill McDonough and chemist Michael Braungart bring together ecology and human design, taking nature itself as our guide for reinventing technical enterprises to be as safe and ever-renewing as natural processes.  One of the most informative, brilliant and hopeful films about the transformation of industrial and economic activities that will lead to a healthy, just, socially stable and environmentally sustaining society for all current and future generations.”

The Chris Award, Columbus International Film & Video Festival

Film Producer/Writer, Shelley Morhaim will be present for the screening.

September 23, 2003: Fed Up!Genetic Engineering, Industrial Agriculture and Sustainable Alternatives 70% of food in the US contains genetically engineered ingredients. These foods are unlabeled and not proven to be safe. The biotechnology industry argues that lack of extensive studies and absolute proof of danger constitutes safety. Fed Up reveals a food system driven out of control by the quest for corporate profits to the detriment of small farmers and consumers everywhere 57 mins, 2002  

 

September 16, 2003:Empty Oceans, Empty Nets Examines the full extent of the global fisheries crisis and the forces that continue to push many marine fish stocks toward commercial extinction.  It also documents some of the most promising and innovative work being done to restore fisheries and protect essential fish habitat and examines new market initiatives that give consumers a powerful vote in deciding how our oceans are fished. 55 mins, 2003

August 19, 2003: Koyaanisqatsi -  Directed by Godfrey Reggio,  87 mins, 1982

Even more pertinent today, then when it was released 20 years ago, the film, whose title means “life out of balance,” is an apocalyptic vision of the collision of two different worlds: urban lifestyle and technology versus the environment. With a haunting musical score by Phillip Glass, the film presents a metaphor for modern life which is increasingly alienated from nature which is seen as just a resource to be subjugated to serve technology and our human needs.

Special Event, 20th New York Film Festival
Audience Choice, Best First Feature LA Filmex

July 8, 2003: Drumbeat for Mother Earth - Directed by Joseph Di Gangi, and Amon Giebel,. 54 mins, 2000

Explores how toxic chemicals contaminate the traditional food web, violate treaty rights, travel long distances, pass from one generation to the next during pregnancy, cause cancer, learning disabilities, and other serious health problems and are the greatest threat to the survival of indigenous people.

Best Environmental/Social Justice Film, EarthVision Environmental Film Festival
Best Public Service Film, American Indian Film Festival
Best Environmental Film, New York International Independent Film & Video Festival

 

Peace & Justice

July 22, 2003: Bombies - Directed by Jack Silberman, 57 mins, 2002

Between 1964 and 1973 the United States conducted a secret air war, dropping over 2 million tons of bombs and making tiny Laos the most heavily bombed country in history. 90 million cluster bombs were dropped on Laos. Millions of these 'cluster bombs' did not explode when dropped, leaving the country massively contaminated with 'bombies' as dangerous now as when they fell a quarter century ago, killing people every day, just as they did 30 years ago.

Golden Gate Award, San Francisco International Film Festival
Gold Plaque, Chicago International Television Awards
Best of Festival and Best of Category, Vermont International Film Festival
Special Prize for Environmental Education, Ökomedia Festival, Freiburg
The Japan Prize, Adult Division
Honorable Mention, Columbus International Film Festival

Nominated for Best Social Documentary, Yorkton Short Film and Video Festival

 

August 5, 2003: SamsaraDirected by Ellen Bruno, 29 mins

Documents the struggle of the Cambodian people to rebuild a shattered society in a climate of war and with limited resources. Ancient prophecy Buddhist teachings, and folklore provide a context for understanding the Cambodian tragedy, bringing a humanistic perspective to a country in deep political turmoil.

Gold Apple, Best of Northern California, National Educational Film Festival
Blue Ribbon Award,  American Film Festival
John Grierson Award
Edward R. Murrow Award
Special Jury Award, Sundance Film Festival
Student Academy Award,  Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science
Gold Special Jury Award,  Houston International Film Festival
Asahi Shinbu Award, Hiroshima International Film Festival
Best Cinematography, Best Documentary  Focus Awards

August 5, 2003: Satya, Prayer for the Enemy, Directed by Ellen Bruno, 28 mins

Since the Chinese occupation of Tibet, more than one million Tibetans have been tortured, executed or starved to death for their role in demonstrations against the Chinese occupation.  Tibetan Buddhist nuns have fearlessly staged demonstrations for independence and countless nuns have been imprisoned and tortured.  Satya focuses on the testimonies of these nuns, revealing continued religious oppression and human rights abuses in occupied Tibet and seeks to understand the basis and inspiration for this choice of nonviolence, and the spiritual principles that influence their understanding of the enemy.

July 1, 2003: Gaza Strip  - Directed by James Longley, 74 mins, 2002   Arabic & French with English Subtitles

“Gaza Strip” pushes the viewer headlong into the tumult of the Israeli-occupied Gaza, examining the lives and views of ordinary Palestinians.  The documentary often sees the world through the eyes of young people. The central character is Mohammed Hejazi, a 13-year-old paperboy in Gaza City, one of the young “stone-throwers” who risk their lives throwing rocks at Israeli tanks across the barbwire fences.  "The absence of voice-over narration and talking-head interviews gives his portrait of daily life under duress a riveting immediacy ... in the best verite tradition, there are moments in ''Gaza Strip'' that disclose a wrenching human reality deeper and more basic than any politics." -- A. O. Scott, The New York Times

Special Mention, Festival dei Popoli, Florence