Church and Society Gathering
Video Resources on Globalization Issues
Contact the Eco-Justice Working Group of the National Council of Churches for information about obtaining these videos and related resources:
Rising Waters: Global Warming and the fate of the Pacific Islands, (57 min.) produced by Andrea Torrice, 3519 Middleton Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45220 (513) 751-7050.
God's Creation and Global Warming. (2001)
Who's Counting? Marilyn on Sex, Lies and Global Economics (52 min.)
with study guide. Produced by the National Film Board of Canada (1995). As the global economy grows, the environment and millions of common people lose out. Meet Marilyn Waring, goat farmer, former member of the New Zealand Parliament, university professor, world-renowned political economist and author of "If Women Counted." With vigor, humor, and clarity, Waring maps out an alternative economic vision, one that changes the way we live on the planet. (For grade 12 to adults). Available from Mennonite Central Committee.
The Global Banquet: Politics of Food (2 parts; 25 min. each). Study guide included. Produced by Maryknoll World Productions (2001). Part 1: "Who's Invited?" examines how corporations control the world's food system through free trade policies, threatening the livelihoods of small farmers and causing mounting hunger worldwide, despite the overabundance of food. Part 2: "What's on the Menu?" shows the effects of low-cost food imports on developing countries. Tells about cash crop exports that deplete natural resources and render developing countries unable to feed themselves. Shows how farmers, laborers, environmentalists, animal rights activists, church groups and students work to rewrite unjust free trade policies. (For grade 11 to adults.) Available from Mennonite Central Committee.
Food: A Plate Half Full (17 min.)
Study guide included. Produced by Mennonite Central Committee (2002). Millions are hungry and more food is produced than ever before; why are farmers at home and around the world struggling to make ends meet? Meet Alan Entz in Kansas and Danny Gumapac in the Philippines, farmers who share optimism, a strong work ethic, love for their job and hope for their children. Both face challenges as weather and outside influences threaten to exert more control over their farms than they do. Little profit from farming means they must farm more land or cultivate more intensively. Both are threatened with escalating debt and adjusting to the growth of large agribusiness. Their dreams are simple: to have enough food, to support themselves, and to live with dignity. Shows through personal stories the effects of the market and economics. (For grade 9 to adults.) Available from Mennonite Central Committee. (Free loan or $25 purchase.)
Trade Secrets: The Hidden Costs of the FTAA. (16 min.)
Produced by the UC Berkley Center for Labor Research and Education, Institute for Industrial Relations. The FTAA (Free Trade Area of the Americas) would extend NAFTA (North America Free Trade Agreement) to the entire western hemisphere, encompassing 31 more countries and another 400 million people. If implemented, the agreement would accelerate job loss and endanger environmental protections and basic public services like education and health care. Narrated by Mike Farrell, it covers the NAFTA Chapter 11 cases on UPS, and Methanex' attack on California's environmental laws banning MTBE from gasoline, and how the FTAA will affect us. There is also a set of fact sheets and a great interactive role-play on the impacts on the public and private sectors of the FTAA. The materials come from the UC Berkeley Center for Labor Research and Education. To order ($15 per copy), mail to Henning Center/CLRE, UC Berkeley, 2521 Channing Way # 5555, Berkeley, CA 94720; or for further information, contact Jeremy Blasi, firstname.lastname@example.org, or (510) 642-1583, or see http://henningcenter.berkeley.edu.
Danger Ahead! The FTAA is Coming Your Way, (17 min.)
The Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA) is a proposed trade agreement that would extend NAFTA to the entire western hemisphere. A whole new set of rules could potentially privatize all of our public services and get rid of laws protecting workers, public health and the environment. Through the words of labor and community activists, the updated video explains how the FTAA would affect manufacturing workers/job loss, Democracy, Public services, Service and trades workers, Other countries, Immigration, People of color, women, young people... all of us! The video ends with inspiring scenes of resistance throughout the hemisphere, and the clear message that WE CAN STOP the FTAA! To order copies contact Massachusetts Jobs with Justice, Email: email@example.com, or 617-524-8778. Copies cost $15 plus shipping.
Trading Democracy, a Bill Moyers Special Report, (50 min.).
The issues of transparency -- and NAFTA's Chapter 11 investment rules (which are also in CAFTA, FTAA, and other proposed agreements) are well explained in Bill Moyers' Reports: Trading Democracy. Order a copy of the video -- $7 each and watch it --share the stories of Metalclad -- where $16 million was paid by Mexico to the Metalclad corporation after losing the case; and the pending MTBE case in California where the claim is for $970 million against the US. To order, on-line: www.cwa-union.org/ international/ftaa/bill_moyers_order.asp, (or see www.pbs.org/NOW ).
Hurricane Mitch: Uncovering the Cost of External Debt (30 min.) (1999).
Shows the aftermath of Hurricane Mitch in Honduras and Guatemala, and looks at the economic issues that turned a major storm into a human and environmental disaster. Video includes both English and Spanish versions. (Contact Jubilee USA or Robert Walden for further information)
Global Village or Global Pillage, (28 min.) (Nov. 1999).
By the Global Village or Global Pillage Grassroots Education Project, shows constructive ways ordinary people around the world are addressing the impact of globalization on their communities, workplaces, and environments. It weaves together video of local and transnational activities, interviews, music, and original video comics to show that, through grassroots organizing combined with mutual support around the world, ordinary people can empower themselves to deal with the global economy. To order or view on-line, see www.villageorpillage.org.
Not For Sale,(October 2003).
This video on the World Social Forum explores three issues: land reform and food security, the world water crisis, and the global sweatshop economy. Contact United Methodist General Board of Global Ministries (GBGM) for further information: www.gbgm-umc.org.
Rise to the Challenge: End World Hunger, (10 min.)
Produced by Bread for the World (2003). Nestled high in the Andean mountains of Bolivia is the small village of Chimboata. The glory of the Andes stands in stark contrast to the poverty of the people who live there. Alejandrina Quinto and her family know hunger and poverty first-hand, and the challenges of making a life in one of South America's poorest countries. Despite major strides in the quality of its government and economic performance, Bolivia has made limited progress against poverty. Hope sprang anew for Alejandrina and her family when an ecumenical development organization came to town. With guidance from FEPADE, the community of Chimboata began to transform itself. (Available from Bread for the World, 1-800-82BREAD, www.bread.org)
A Force More Powerful (Two 90-minute videos)
Exciting stories of nonviolent action by citizens who successfully overcame oppression and brutality. Each tape consists of three half-hour stories of nonviolence which include interviews with witnesses, survivors and unsung heros who contributed to century_changing events including (1) the 1960 student sit-in at segregated lunch counters in Nashville, Tn; (2) the Salt March led by Gandhi and resulting successes in colonial India (3) black township resistance in South Africa; (4) Danish resistance to the Nazis in Denmark by ferrying fellow Jewish citizens to safety in Sweden; (5) resistance to dictator Pinochet in Chile; (6) the rise of labor solidarity in Poland. For college students to adults. (PBS: 2000) Available from Mennonite Central Committee.
Restoring Justice (53 min.)
Produced by Presbyterian Church USA. Introduction to restorative Justice (in contrast to retributive justice.)
American Friends Service Committee, Film and Video Library. Hundreds of videos on many social justice topics for rental or sale. www.afsc.org/resources/video-film.htm.
EcuFilm, 810 Twelfth Avenue South, Nashville, TN 37203. (800)251-4091. Distributor for United Methodist and other-faith based video resources.
Food First / Institute for Food and Development Policy, 398 60th Street, Oakland, CA 94618. (510)654-4400; FAX: (510) 654-4551. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Web: www.foodflrst.org. Books, research reports, videos on various economic justice issues.
Mennonite Central Committee, Resource Library, 21 South 12th Street, Box 500, Akron, PA 17501-0500; (717)-859-1151, Fax: (717)859-2117. Toll-free: 888-563-4676. E-mail: email@example.com Web: www.mcc.org/respub.html. Many excellent A/V resources on social justice themes.
Public Broadcasting System (PBS), P.O. Box 2284, S. Burlington, VT 05407. Videos from televised productions available. Some transcripts of past programs are available for free on-line (see, e.g. www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/economy for topics on economics).
[Also, see www.npr.org for National Public Radio news stories.]
Many videos from the weekly PBS series NOW with Bill Moyers deal with globalization issues. (See www.pbs.org/NOW)
Resource Center of the Americas, 317 17th Avenue, SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414, 612-627 9445; 800-452-8382. Extensive inventory of educational resources (primarily printed materials) on the Americas. On-line catalog: www.americas.org.
Unitarian Universalist Service Committee, 130 Prospect Street, Cambridge, MA 02139. (617) 868-6600. Web: www.uusc.org. Has resource materials available for loan or purchase.