Academic Robert Beckford visits Ghana to investigate the hidden costs of rice, chocolate and gold and why, 50 years after independence, a country so rich in natural resources is one of the poorest in the world. He discovers child labourers farming cocoa instead of attending school and asks if the activities of multinationals, the World Bank and International Monetary Fund have actually made the country’s problems worse.
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Posted by Dave (The Void) on April 12, 2008
Posted by charliemarks on March 31, 2008
John Pilger’s first collaboration with fellow Australian director Alan Lowery, looks at the worldwide struggle for soft drink supremacy by the Coca Cola company, and illuminates the power of multinational corporations.
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Posted by Dave (The Void) on January 14, 2008
Decades before the rise of Hitler, the German elites’ quest for Lebensraum led them to a more aggressive colonisation of their newly-acquired African territories, in what we now call Namibia. This culminated in the systematic annihilation of two native peoples, through slave labour and concentration camps. (h/t Popper’s List)
The African survivors’ descendants are still lobbying the German government for recognition and reparations for the genocide today, while many of the racial theories and demobbed soldiers went on to play important roles within the Freikorps and the Nazi movement. The genocide of the Armenians is now slowly gaining recognition, but the precursors to fascism in European imperialism remain a taboo subject.
Posted by Dave (The Void) on August 5, 2007
The introduction of the predatory Nile Perch to Lake Victoria has intensified the battle for survival, wiping out many native fish and threatening the very ecosystem of the Lake. Meanwhile, as Hubert Sauper’s vivid ethnography (109 mins) shows, something not too different is happening to the region’s people.
Subtitles are in Spanish, most dialogue in English but a few scenes in local languages. Any help finding an English subtitled version would be appreciated. Part two follows.
Posted by Dave (The Void) on July 8, 2007
Apartheid was a legal system that allowed South Africa’s white elite to take control of the country’s land, resources and wealth, while keeping the black Africans around for cheap exploitable labour. That legal system was dismantled in 1994, its role taken over by the ANC’s Thatcherite economic policies. White people still control the land, the resources and the wealth, and black Africans still provide cheap exploitable labour. In this 1998 documentary (51 mins) John Pilger asks, did apartheid really die, then, or just change its name?
Posted by Dave (The Void) on March 10, 2007
Just half a century ago, there was no AIDS. Medical science was progressively conquering disease after disease, and no one dreamed that soon we would see a new disease appear and, within a few short decades, become the worst medical disaster in human history.
Viewers/readers of John Le Carré’s The Constant Gardener will find this documentary (90 mins, via SmashingTelly.com) oddly familiar. In any case, it makes for compulsive and disturbing viewing.