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  • Anais Goes to War - A young woman's struggle to start her own farm. (new January, 2017)

  • Animal Machine - From exploiting the cow’s physical body to manipulating its cells, a new 21st-century farm animal is under construction. (new January, 2017)

  • B

  • Banking Nature - By assigning financial value to elements of nature, can markets save the planet?

  • Banking the Unbanked Still
  • Banking the Unbanked - As a team of managers in Gambia try to build a microfinance business, they learn that the loans may be small - but the stakes are very high.

  • Business Club - Join young Viscount Arthur de Soultrait in the run-up to his wildly elaborate birthday/brand relaunch party. (new January, 2017)

  • C

  • 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. (new July, 2015)

  • 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.

  • Class of Struggle - Workers at the Yema Watch Factory in Besançon depict their own labor struggles in this collective production initiated by Chris Marker.

  • The Coach Machine - Despite having been eliminated from popular TV show The Voice, Luc has a 3-year plan to become a millionaire. Will his dream become a reality? (new December, 2016)

  • D

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Dreamland - Takes a sharp but disarming approach in examining the romance of gambling, and reveals the decidedly unromantic reality.

  • E

  • 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 - 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 beyon

  • 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?

  • F

  • Fate of a Salesman - Meet Willie, Steve and Jerry, D.C.'s experts in pin-striped suits and feathered hats. How long can they stay in business?

  • Final Fitting - Showcases the changing cultural styles of Iran and its clerical elite through its portrait of one master tailor and his time-honored craft.

  • Flooding Job's Garden - Behind the scenes of the highly controversial James Bay Hydro-Quebec power plant project.

  • Food Design - A look inside the secret chambers where designers and scientists are defining your favorite mouthful of tomorrow.

  • For Man Must Work - A provocative look at the future of labor in the changing global economy.

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

  • 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.

  • K

  • Kapitalism: Our Secret Recipe - Twenty years after Ceausescu, Romanian GDP is low and infrastructure poor. Interviewing the oligarchs who control the Romanian economy, this film finds out what happened.

  • L

  • The La$t Market - Documents the efforts of the multinational corporation Philips to reach five billion potential consumers among the world's poor. Can profitability fight poverty?

  • 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

  • A Maid for Each - Documentary portrait of a housemaid agency in Beirut, Lebanon. (new July, 2016)

  • 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?

  • The Miners' Hymns - The ill-fated coal mining communities in North East England are the subject of this inspired documentary by multi-media artist Bill Morrison. Music by Johann Johannsson.

  • Mondovino: The Series - This multi-generation, globe-trotting saga covers not only the entire gamut of wine making, but wine's place in a treacherously globalized and hyper-marketed world.

  • N

  • No Loans Today - Fringe banking in redlined, post-riot South Central Los Angeles.

    O

  • On the Side of "Angels" - The stories of several prominent corporate "whistleblowers" around the world, including Sherron Watkins who helped uncover the accounting fraud at Enron.

  • P

  • Playing the News - Does the convergence online of current affairs (like the Iraq war) and computer games herald the future of news and entertainment? And if so, is it dangerous, or a new way to reach a young audience?

  • The Price of Aid - An investigation of America's food aid programs for famine-stricken nations, a multi-million dollar business, which asks both U.S. and African government officials whether such aid creates more problems than it solves.

  • 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.

  • Profits of Punishment - A critical look at America's booming private prison industry.

  • S

  • Santiago Calatrava's Travels - A fascinating portrait of world famous artist, engineer, architect and urban studies scholar Santiago Calatrava, and an interdisciplinary reflection on the perception and impact of architecture.

  • Saudi Solutions - Personal profiles of ambitious women in Saudi Arabia, one of the most closed and conservative Muslim societies in the world.

  • The Storytellers

  • Strait Through The Ice - Climate change is opening the Northwest Passage through Canada's Arctic for shipping. Examines the ecological and geopolitical ramifications.

  • T

  • Ten Commandments of Communicating With People With Disabilities - This top-selling video is used to train staff and community on disability etiquette and best practices.

  • They're Selling the Wind - An exploration of the carbon market's fight against global warming, a speculative, impalpable market, and sometimes irresponsible market. (new December, 2016)

  • To Be Seen - A lively study of visual culture, and an exploration of an age-old urban cultural phenomenon, street art. What is art's role in the context of public space and urban culture?

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

  • 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.

  • The Way Things Go - 100 feet of physical interactions, chemical reactions, and precisely crafted chaos worthy of Rube Goldberg or Alfred Hitchcock - a discussion starter for sure.

  • We All Fall Down - The rise and fall of America's mortgage system and the damage in the wake of its collapse. With Nouriel Roubini, Richard Sylla and Chris Mayer.

  • 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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