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Corporations Film Resources
posted Jul 29, 2007
Here are some great documentaries and feature films to accompany our Stand Up to Corporate Power issue. Links are provided to www.thefilmconnection.org, a free national film library.
|Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room |
Based on the best-selling book by Fortune reporters Bethany McLean and Peter Elkind, this documentary details the shocking inside story of one of history's greatest business scandals. Unimaginable personal excesses, and an utter moral vacuum that posed as corporate philosophy, led to top executives of America's seventh largest corporation walking away with over one billion dollars while investors and employees lost everything. Narrated by Peter Coyote, this expose features insider accounts and incendiary corporate audio and videotapes that will have viewers' blood boiling.
|Super Size Me |
Filmmaker Morgan Spurlock unravels the American obesity epidemic by interviewing experts nationwide and by subjecting himself to a “McDonald's only“ diet for thirty days straight. His Sundance award-winning feature is as entertaining as it is horrifying as it dives into corporate responsibility, nutritional education, school lunch programs and how we as a nation are eating ourselves to death.
The Corporation explores the nature and spectacular rise of the dominant institution of our time. Footage from pop culture, advertising, TV news, and corporate propaganda, illuminates the corporation's grip on our lives. Taking its legal status as a “person“ to its logical conclusion, the film puts the corporation on the psychiatrist's couch to ask “What kind of person is it?“ Provoking, witty, sweepingly informative, The Corporation includes forty interviews with corporate insiders and critics - including Milton Friedman, Noam Chomsky, Naomi Klein, and Michael Moore - plus true confessions, case studies and strategies for change.
In the fall of 2005 Wal-Mart announced plans to build a SuperCenter in a small coastal Maine town. The range of citizen responses soon created a fissure that divided the community. On one side were those who wanted convenience, jobs, increased tax revenues, and rolled back prices. On the other side were those who sought to protect the local landscape and economy from out-of-scale development and out-of-town corporate colonization.
|Roger and Me |
Moore doggedly and hilariously tried to talk to the man at the top, Roger Smith, Chairman of General Motors, and persuade him to visit auto factories in Flint, Michigan. Moore uses humor to devastating effect while championing people over profits and slyly lampoons corporate America showing how folks cope with economic setbacks.
|Good Night, and Good Luck |
Feature Film: 2005
Without force-feeding its timely message, Good Night, and Good Luck illuminates history to enlighten our present, when the need for a free and independent press is more important than ever.The efficient and intricate storytelling pays honorable tribute to the journalistic integrity of legendary CBS newscaster Edward R. Murrow, who confronted the virulent and overzealous anti-Communist witch-hunting of Wisconsin Sen. Joseph McCarthy in 1953-54, and emerged as a triumphant truth-seeker against the abuses of corporate and governmental power.
|CultureJam: Hijacking Commercial Culture|
This documentary delivers a fascinating rap on the 20th century movement called Culture Jamming. Pranksters and subversive artists are causing a bit of brand damage to corporate mindshare. Jammers, cultural commentators, a billboard advertiser and a constitutional lawyer take us on a wild roller coaster ride through the back streets of our mental environment. Stopping over in San Francisco, New York's Times Square, and Toronto, we catch the jamming in action with Batman-inspired Jack Napier of the Billboard Liberation Front, Disney arch-enemy Reverend Billy from the Church of Stop Shopping and Media Tigress Carly Stasko.
|Birdsong & Coffee: A Wake Up Call|
Coffee drinkers will be astonished to learn that they hold in their hands the fate of farm families, farming communities and entire ecosystems in coffee-growing regions like Costa Rica. In this film we hear from experts and students, from coffee lovers and bird lovers, and - most importantly - from coffee farmers themselves. We learn how their lives and ours are inextricably linked, economically and environmentally.
McLibel is the true story of a postman and a gardener who took on McDonald's and wouldn't say “McSorry“. In what became the longest trial in English legal history, the “McLibel 2“ represented themselves against McDonald's $19 million legal team. In this entertaining documentary, every aspect of the corporation's business is cross-examined: from junk food and McJobs, to animal cruelty, environmental damage and the company's advertising to children.
|Willful Infringement |
In this documentary on copyright issues, learn how corporations use “statutory damages“ as a secret weapon to collect hundreds of thousands of dollars from people who are “guilty until proven innocent“. Looking at Mickey Mouse, Public Enemy, U2, Star Wars, Andy Warhol, and The Rolling Stones. Find out who is really protected by copyright laws!
|Erin Brockovich |
True Story: 2000
A real woman. A real story. A real triumph. Julia Roberts stars as Erin Brockovich, a feisty young mother who fought for justice any way she knew how. Desperate for a job to support herself and her three children, she convinces attorney Ed Masry (Albert Finney) to hire her, and promptly stumbles upon a monumental law case against a giant corporation. Now, Erin's determined to take on this powerful adversary even though no law firm has dared to do it before. And while Ed doesn't want anything to do with the case, Erin won't take “no" for an answer. So the two begin an incredible and sometimes hilarious fight that will bring a small town to its feet and a huge company to its knees.
|Blood Diamond |
Feature Film: 2006
Leonardo DiCaprio plays a white African soldier-turned-diamond smuggler who gets wind of a large raw jewel found by a native fisherman, Solomon Vandy, who recently escaped from enslavement by a brutal rebel leader. DiCaprio's character, Danny Archer, offers Vandy a deal - he'll help Vandy find his family if Vandy will share the diamond with him. Drawn into this web of exploitation is a journalist who agrees to help if Archer will tell her the details of how conflict diamonds make their way into the hands of corporations who sell them to the Western world.
|American Jobs |
The result of 80 hours of interviews, American Jobs explores the impact of low-wage foreign competition on America's workers, families and communities. From the textile mills of North Carolina to the software hub of Seattle, displaced workers share their stories and their concern for America's future.
|Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price|
The film dives into the deeply personal stories and everyday lives of families and communities struggling to fight a goliath. A working mother is forced to turn to public assistance to provide healthcare for her two small children. A Missouri family loses its business after Wal-Mart is given over $2 million to open its doors down the road. A mayor struggles to equip his first responders after Wal-Mart pulls out and relocates just outside the city limits. A community in California unites, takes on the giant, and wins!
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