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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,…
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 --…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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.…
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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Naomi Klein - Rise Of Disaster Capitalism
The Rise of Disaster Capitalism features Naomi Klein explaining the ideas and research behind her bestselling book, The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism. In this riveting lecture and interview, Klein challenges and exposes the popular myth of the…
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…
El Cacao: The Challenge of Fair Trade
El Cacao exposes the dark side of chocolate production in Latin America by examining the economics of Fair Trade from the point of view of the indigenous farmers as they attempt to sustain their community through the growth, harvest, and…
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…
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 Hadza: The Last of the First - East Africa's Last Remaining True Hunter-Gatherers
The Hadza, East Africa's last remaining true hunter-gatherers, have lived on their land near the Rift Valley for over 50,000 years. As globalization and technology encroach on their territory, their way of life has been slowly whittled away from them.…
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…
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…
Surviving Progress
Technological advancement, economic development, population increase - are they signs of a thriving society? Or too much of a good thing? Executive Produced by Martin Scorsese, this provocative documentary explores the concept of progress in our modern world, guiding us…
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…