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Urbanized - The Issues and Strategies Behind Urban Design
Over half the world's population now lives in an urban area, and 75% will call a city home by 2050. But while some cities are experiencing explosive growth, others are shrinking.The challenges of balancing housing, mobility, public space, civic engagement,…
Not Just a Paycheck
Part of the Series: Unnatural Causes
In the winter of 2006, the Electrolux Corporation closed the largest refrigerator factory in the U.S. and moved it to Juarez, Mexico, for cheaper labor. The move turned the lives of nearly 3,000 workers in Greenville, Michigan, upside down. As…
Return to Cuba - Life in Cuba After Castro
After 18 years living in Italy, Barbara Ramos returns to live in Cuba, her homeland. In the town of Santa Clara and through the projects of family and friends, she discovers what has changed, what hasn't, and what will likely…
The End of Poverty? - An Exploration of World Poverty
Poverty is not an accident. It began with military conquest, slavery and colonization that resulted in the seizure of land, minerals and forced labor. Today, global poverty has reached new levels because of unfair debt, trade and tax policies --…
The Economics of Happiness
Economic globalization has led to a massive expansion in the scale and power of big business and banking. It has also worsened nearly every problem we face: fundamentalism and ethnic conflict; climate chaos and species extinction; financial instability and unemployment.…
Mardi Gras: Made in China - Globalization Gone Wild
Winner of twenty-one national and international awards, Mardi Gras: Made in China follows the path of Mardi Gras beads from the streets of New Orleans during Carnival - where revelers party and exchange beads for nudity - to the disciplined…
Google and the World Brain
In 1937, the science fiction writer H. G. Wells imagined a "World Brain" containing all of the world's knowledge, accessible to all people, that would be "so compact in its material form and so gigantic in its scope and possible…
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Maquilapolis: City of Factories - Activism for Low-Wage Workers in Mexico
Part of the Series: Globalization
Carmen Duran works the graveyard shift in one of Tijuana's 800 maquiladoras; she is one of six million women around the world who labor for poverty wages in the factories of transnational corporations. After making television components all night, Carmen…
No Logo - Brands Globalization Resistance
Part of the Series: MEF Debt & Consumerism Collection
In the age of the brand, logos are everywhere. But why do some of the world's best-known brands find themselves on the wrong end of the spray paint can the targets of anti-corporate campaigns by activists and protestors? No Logo…
The Starfish Throwers - Individuals Ignite a Movement to Fight Hunger
Worlds apart, a five-star chef, a twelve year-old girl, and a retired schoolteacher discover how their individual efforts to feed the poor ignite a movement in the fight against hunger. Official Selection at Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival .…
Freightened - The Real Price of Shipping
90% of the goods we consume in the West are manufactured in far-off lands and brought to us by ship. The cargo shipping industry is a key player in world economy and forms the basis of our very model of…
A Killer Bargain - The Human Cost of Cheap Consumer Goods
Part of the Series: Globalization
The Killer Bargain referred to by this hard-hitting documentary's title is the availability of cheap consumer goods, imported by Western companies, whose prices don't reflect the actual human and environmental costs associated with their production in the developing world. Consumers…
The Crisis of Civilization - Investigating Global Disasters
A documentary feature film investigating how global crises like ecological disaster, financial meltdown, dwindling oil reserves, terrorism and food shortages are converging symptoms of a single, failed global system. Weaving together archival film footage and animations, film-maker Dean Puckett, animator…
Big Men - Inside the African Oil Industry
What happens when desperately poor people discover an incredibly valuable resource coveted by multinational corporations? This highly-acclaimed, award-winning New York Times Critics' Pick follows a small group of American explorers at Dallas-based oil company Kosmos Energy over a four-year period…
Wagonmasters - A Celebration of the American Station Wagon
The car that was once the quintessential image of the American Dream is all but dead - at least for most people. There are some, however, who still cling to the station wagon and what it represents in American culture.…
Higher Education - The New Global Economic War
There were 13 million university students in 1960. In 2015, their ranks had swollen to nearly 200 million. Universities are operating in the world's most competitive knowledge economy and they are waging a ferocious battle to attract the brightest minds…
Sweatshop: Deadly Fashion - Fashion Bloggers Spend Time as Garment Workers in Cambodia
It started off as a web-series, charting the experiences of three young fashion bloggers, who spent a month living the life of Cambodian garment workers in Phnom Penh. But following headlines and articles all over the world, more than a…
Circle of Poison - Toxic American-Made Pesticides Sold Overseas
When the U.S. government bans a chemical, deeming it harmful to the health of its citizens, companies are still allowed to produce it for export only. CIRCLE OF POISON exposes this disturbing federal policy that sends a message to the…
The Immigration Paradox - Encore - The Doctrine of Discovery, the Rule of Law, and Justice
In an era of increased global mass migration what does it mean to be an American? In this conversational piece, Filmmaker Lourdes Lee Vasquez unlocks additional never before seen footage filmed during her original 7 year journey. The Immigration Paradox…
Hungry for Profit
Filmed on five continents, this provocative documentary takes a close look at the global agribusiness system, which is turning the world's food supply into a global supermarket, buying food at the lowest prices--seemingly regardless of the effect on small farmers…