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  • Advertising Missionaries

    Advertising Missionaries - Follows the mission of one theater company to bring the consumer revolution to the people of the highlands of Papua New Guinea.

  • Afghanistan 1979: The War That Changed the World - A behind-the-scenes history of the Soviet Union's 10-year long war in Afghanistan.

  • Al Jazeera - A behind-the-scenes look at Al Jazeera, the most important television news channel in the Arab world. ** Viewer's Choice, 2003 Middle East Studies Association FilmFest **

  • Antonio Negri - The biography and current relevance of the sociologist and political philosopher, co-authoer of EMPIRE, and his role as an intellectual leader of the anti-globalization movement.

  • B

  • Back to the Soil

    Back to the Soil - A young Korean couple leaves the city to become farmers. They struggle to survive economically from the land, while trying to balance their political activism and family life.

  • Barcelona or Die - Madou, a Senegalese fisherman, risks his life on an illegal boat to Europe.

  • Bestseller - Why do some books become bestsellers? This documentary examines the phenomenon in today's global publishing industry.

  • Between Midnight and the Rooster's Crow - Traveling along the cross-Andes route of an oil pipeline in Ecuador, a case study of the troubling connections between corporations, Western consumption, and the 3rd World.

  • Business Club

    Business Club - Join young Viscount Arthur de Soultrait in the run-up to his wildly elaborate birthday/brand relaunch party.

  • C

  • Can't Do It In Europe - Some people travel to Bolivia to go down the dangerous silver mines, to see the medieval work conditions. Are they crawling through the contaminated tunnels to learn about a foreign culture, or to escape boredom?

  • Capitalism - An ambitious and accessible six-part series that looks at both the history of ideas and the social forces that have shaped the capitalist world.

  • Chain of Love - A film about the Philippines' second largest export product - maternal love - and how the international trade in love and care affects the women involved, their families, and families in the West.

  • China Concerto

    China Concerto - An observational essay about public spectacles in contemporary China.

  • Choropampa - When a devastating mercury spill by the world's richest gold mining corporation hits a quiet peasant village in the Peruvian Andes, a courageous young mayor emerges to lead his people on a quest for healthcare and justice.

  • The Cow Jumped Over the Moon - The story of Fulani cattle herders in West Africa using U.S. satellite imaging technology to find grazing and water for their herds during drought.

  • Cracks in the Mask - A Torres Strait Islander sets out on a voyage of discovery to the great museums of Europe where his cultural heritage now lies.

  • D

  • Dam/Age

    Dam/Age - Traces renowned, prize winning writer Arundhati Roy's bold and controversial campaign against the Narmada dam project in India.

  • Dealing with the Demon - Three-episode series that interweaves contemporary human stories with crucial scenes from the history of the drug trade, providing a provocative and timely commentary from which to view the ongoing debate.

  • A Decent Factory - Can multinationals make an ethical profit? This film finds out as it follows Nokia's new "ethical management consultant" on a trip to a supplier factory in China.

  • Democracy on Deadline - A survey of journalists working in various media and languages around the world, as they grapple with their relationships to government, and the dangers of speaking truth to power.

  • Diamonds and Rust

    Diamonds and Rust - Off the coast of Namibia, the crew of a diamond-mining trawler works tirelessly around the clock in an atmosphere fraught with racial and political tension.

  • Donka: X-Ray of an African Hospital - Daily life in the largest public hospital in the Republic of Guinea

  • E

  • Earth Keepers - A global quest to meet key visionaries working on innovative approaches to building an environmentally sustainable future.

  • Elsewhere - An epic journey through voices and sounds from elsewhere. Landscapes, outlooks on the world, outlooks on life: Desert, snow, valley, jungle, ice, rainforest. An homage to humanity at the beginning of the 21st Century.

  • Energy War

    Energy War - A global investigation into the geopolitical dynamics of the world's oil supply. How are the governments which control most of the oil wielding their power on the world stage?

  • Episode 1 - Capitalism is much more complex than the vision Adam Smith laid out in The Wealth of Nations. Indeed, it predates Smith by centuries and took root in the practices of colonialism and the slave trade.

  • Episode 2 - Adam Smith was both economist and moral philosopher. But his work on morality is largely forgotten, leading to tragic distortions that have shaped our global economic system.

  • Episode 3 - The roots of today's global trade agreements lie in the work of stockbroker David Ricardo and demographer Thomas Malthus. Together, they would restructure society in the image of the market.

  • Episode 4

    Episode 4 - Have we gotten Marx wrong by focusing on the Communist Manifesto instead of on his critique of how capitalism works - a critique that is relevant and as penetrating as ever?

  • Episode 5 - The ideological divide between the philosophies of John Maynard Keynes and Friedrich Hayek has dominated economics for nearly a century. Is it time for the pendulum to swing back to Keynes? Or do we need a whole new approach that goes beyond this dualism?

  • Episode 6 - An exploration of the life and work of Karl Polanyi, who sought to reintegrate society and economy. Could the commodification of labour and money ultimately be as disastrous as floods, drought and earthquakes?

  • Everything's Fine - Seydou Konaté is a doctor in a remote area in Mali. But he is at the center of a global issue: bringing quality health care to rural people left behind by development.

  • F

  • Fold Crumple Crush: The Art of El Anatsui

    Fold Crumple Crush: The Art of El Anatsui - A powerful portrait of Africa's most widely acclaimed contemporary artist El Anatsui.

  • The Forgotten Space - Allan Sekula and Noel Burch investigate maritime trade, the global supply chain and 21st-century capitalism.

  • Freddy Ilanga: Che's Swahili Translator - A documentary about Freddy Ilanga, an African man whose life was abruptly transformed through a chance encounter with Che Guevara.

  • Free Lunch Society - What would you do if your income was taken care of? A search for explanations, possibilities, and experiences regarding the implementation of this concept.

  • Fujian Blue

    Fujian Blue - Two interweaving stories of youth crime and family crisis shed light on illegal emigration and human trafficking in China's Fujian province.

  • G

  • Gringo Trails - A global survey of the impacts on cultures, economies, and the environment of the most powerful globalizing force of our time: tourism.

  • H

  • Hamburger: Jungleburger - Examines the impact of the fast food industry on Third World countries.

  • Hamburger: Macprofit - A provocative expose of the machinations that drive the fast food industry.

  • Hunger for Sale

    Hunger for Sale - What do tech and agri-business innovations mean for the fight against malnutrition?

  • I

  • Inheritance - After a gold mine floods a Hungarian river with tons of cyanide, fisherman Balazs Meszaro stands alone against a multinational corporation, exposing environmental and human consequences of globalization.

  • J

  • Journey to the West - Six countries in 10 days! A group of Chinese tourists visits Europe at whirlwind speed.

  • K

  • Knock Off - Juxtaposes the deified position logos occupy in our consumer-culture, with the lives of sweatshop workers who cannot afford the items they create.

  • L

  • Lagos / Koolhaas

    Lagos / Koolhaas - Renowned architect Rem Koolhaas and students from The Harvard Project on the City explore Lagos, Nigeria, interpreting the chaotic city in an innovative, surprising way.

  • Litigating Disaster - December 3, 1984. Bhopal, India. The worst chemical disaster of all time. How has Union Carbide manipulated the US and Indian legal systems for 20 years to avoid facing justice?

  • Little By Little - Jean Rouch brings his Nigerien collaborators to France to perform a reverse ethnography of late-1960s Parisian life.

  • Login 2 Life - Profiles seven people who spend most of their lives in online virtual worlds such as Second Life and World of Warcraft.

  • Losers and Winners

    Losers and Winners - Two worlds collide when 400 Chinese workers move to Germany for a year and a half to take apart an entire gigantic modern coke factory—and ship it back to China.

  • M

  • Magic Radio - In Niger, where more than 80% of the population is illiterate, radio is the main means of mass communication.

  • Malls R Us - From impressive architectural projects to economic, environmental and social concerns, everything about shopping malls, and more.

  • The Men Who Would Conquer China - How does one buy companies owned by the state of China, support that country's transition to capitalism, and make a fortune at the same time?

  • Mille Gilles

    Mille Gilles - The thought and ideas of the French philosopher Gilles Deleuze, and his impact on creative work and communities around the world.

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  • No. 89 Shimen Road - It's the late 1980s, while Xiaoli's teachers talk about China's recovery from the devastation of the Cultural Revolution, another wave of cultural change is already underway.

  • North-South.com - In West Africa many young women, who dream of escaping a life of misery by marrying a rich, white foreigner, surf the Internet for marriage proposals.

  • Now he's out in public and everyone can see -

    Online videos diaries are stitched together into a dense, polyphonic essay on race and identity.

  • O

  • Open Sky

    Open Sky - When an open-pit silver mine comes to an isolated, desert community in Argentina, corporate and government interests clash with those of the local population.

  • Our Friends at the Bank - Follows World Bank and International Monetary Fund decision-makers in Uganda, showing how top-level decisions are made in the field. (released April, 1998)

  • Our Newspaper - A couple starts their own newspaper in rural Russia... which lands them in danger.

  • P

  • Profit and Nothing But! - A pertinent and impertinent exploration of the profit motive, and its consequences on our daily lives, our history, and our outlook for the future.

  • S

  • School of Babel

    School of Babel -

    Welcome to a unique Parisian program for immigrant children from all over the world.

  • Seeds of Hunger - A global investigation into the evolving nature of food production, and the crisis it may portend.

  • Shigeru Ban - A profile of the Japanese architect noted for his use of inexpensive construction materials, such as cardboard tubes, used in prefab housing adopted by the UN High Commission for Refugees.

  • Since the Company Came - In the Solomon Islands extensive logging forces the Haporai people to confront social, cultural and ecological disintegration.

  • Snake Dance

    Snake Dance - A reflection on the Promethean dimensions of nuclear power, following German-born Aby Warburg and Robert Oppenheimer, inventor of the atomic bomb

  • Sociology is a Martial Art - An introduction to the work of Influential sociologist Pierre Bourdieu, whose 40 books and countless articles represent a renovation and application of social science.

  • The Spectre of Hope - Critic and writer John Berger and photographer Sebastião Salgado lead this searing examination of imagery and images, the abyss, hope, and globalization.

  • The Storytellers -

  • The Strange Disappearance of the Bees

    The Strange Disappearance of the Bees - The latest science on the world-wide decline of bee colonies, implications,.and what might be done about it.

  • Surrounded by Waves - A global exploration of the health impacts of electromagnetic waves in our wireless technology.

  • T

  • The Take - Unemployed Argentinian workers take over their closed factories! A compelling political film, a vision of working people forging genuine alternatives to a failed economic model - a story with universal implications.

  • Tambogrande - Follows the efforts of a small Peruvian town over five years as they fight government efforts to sell the mineral rights under their homes to a multi-national mining company.

  • Taxi to Timbuktu

    Taxi to Timbuktu - Men from Mali seek work in New York, Paris, and Tokyo.

  • They Would All Be Queens - The stories of women from the Soviet Union who married Cuban men and moved to Cuba before the dissolution of the Soviet Union.

  • They're Selling the Wind - An exploration of the carbon market's fight against global warming, a speculative, impalpable market, and sometimes irresponsible market.

  • Trinkets and Beads - The oil company MAXUS and Huaroni Indians of the Amazon.

  • U

  • The Underground Orchestra

    The Underground Orchestra - Documentary profile of musicians who play on the sidewalks of Paris and in the Metro.

  • The Universal Clock - Is there an alternative to run-of-the-mill TV? The film introduces us to Peter Watkins, who for the last three decades has proven that quality TV may be made without compromise.

  • W

  • Waste = Food - Based on the theories of William McDonough and Michael Braungart, major corporations embrace environmentally sustainable architecture and production in an ecologically-inspired industrial revolution.

  • Working Women of the World - Focusing on Levi Strauss & Co., examines the relocation of factories from Western countries to nations like Indonesia, the Philippines, and Turkey, where low wages are the rule and employee rights are nonexistent.

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