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GLOBALIZATION TRILOGY

Produced over the first decade of the twenty first century, Micha Peled’s Globalization Trilogy puts a human face on complex issues resulting from global economic forces that are shaping life today worldwide. Store wars: When Wal-Mart Comes to Town (2001) focuses on consumerism in the U.S. China Blue (2005) investigates the sweatshop labor conditions in the manufacturing of the clothes we all buy. And the latest film, Bitter Seeds (2011) looks at the raw materials – the crisis of the farmers in India who are growing the cotton exported to China’s garment factories to be used for the clothes sold in the West.

Films 1 & 2: STORE WARS: WHEN WAL-MART COMES TO TOWN + CHINA BLUE

Film 3: BITTER SEEDS

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guest   Filmmaker Micha X Peled is our guest to introduce specific screenings and participate in a panel discussion on Sunday May 19, 8.30pm. Panelists include environmental activist and author of This Crazy Time Tzeporah Berman and Gerardo Otero, professor of the School of International Studies, SFU and author of Food For The Few: Neoliberal Globalism and Biotechnoly in Latin America.

THE GLOBALIZATION TRILOGY 1 & 2:

STORE WARS: WHEN WAL-MART COMES TO TOWN + CHINA BLUE

May 18 - 20

Saturday, May 18, 4:30pm
Sunday, May 19, 4:00pm
Monday, May 20, 3:00pm

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Like Someone In Love

CHINA BLUE

Directed by: Micha X Peled
(USA, 2005 )

 

 

Shot clandestinely in China, under difficult conditions, 87-minute documentary feature China Blue is a deep-access account of what both China and the international retail companies don’t want us to see – how the clothes we buy are actually made. China Blue takes us inside a blue-jeans factory, where two teenage girls, Jasmine and Orchid, are trying to survive the harsh working environment. But when the factory owner agrees to a deal with his Western client that forces his teenage workers to work around the clock, a confrontation becomes inevitable.

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China Blue, a heartbreaking and meticulous documentary about life inside a blue-jeans factory in China, reveals more than we may care to know." — New York Times

Like Someone In Love

STORE WAR: WHEN WAL-MART COMES TO TOWN

Directed by: Micha X Peled
(USA, 2001 )

 

The hour-long documentary "Store Wars" follows the conflict that polarizes a small town when Wal-Mart wants to build a mega-store there. In the U.S., Wal-Mart opens a new mega-store every two business days, creating 150 Store Wars stories every year. It is the story of the impact of discount chain stores on North American society.

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Store Wars becomes a fascinating study in community action and a valuable reminder that people still can care enough about a place to fight for it." — New York Times


Winner: Green Screen Award & Oxfam Global Justice Award — Amsterdam International Documentary Film Festival

BITTER SEEDS

May 17 - 23
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Directed by: Micha X Peled
(USA, 2011, 88 min.)

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With industrial agriculture seemingly thriving in India, why have a staggering 250,000 farmers committed suicide in the past 16 years? Touching down in Telung Takli, intrepid documentarian Micha X. Peled traces the roots of this epidemic to an all-too-familiar villain: biotech giant Monsanto. Furthermore, he discovers that he’s not the only investigator on the case. Also seeking answers (and solutions) is aspiring journalist Manjusha Amberwar. Having lived through her father taking his own life, she now wants to stop other farmers—including her distraught uncle—from meeting an identical fate. Her quest not only requires her to knock on doors but also to break through India’s glass ceiling for women.

After his scathing exposés of big box retailers ("Store Wars: When Wal-Mart Comes to Town") and sweatshops ("China Blue"), Peled completes his "globalization trilogy" with a film that’s not only a stirring piece of investigative journalism but also a gripping life and death drama.

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The crisis depicted in Bitter Seeds is all the more dire when you consider that half the world’s population are farmers. Peled could have turned his cameras… to any place that industrial agriculture has driven out the little guys. One reason the tiny Indian community of Telung Takli makes sense is Amberwar—a compelling central character whose personal story raises additional issues about gender, class and non-farming employment opportunities." — Peter Debruge, Variety

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Films like this can change the world.” — Alice Waters

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A tragedy for our times, beautifully told, deeply disturbing.” — Michael Pollan

Screening Information

Friday, May 17, 6:30pm
Saturday, May 18, 7:30pm
Sunday, May 19, 7:00pm
Monday, May 20, 6:00pm
Tuesday, May 21, 8:30pm
Thursday, May 23, 6:30pm


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