Archive for the ‘trade’ Category
Posted by Dave (The Void) on April 12, 2008
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.
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 August 18, 2007
The abolition of the slave trade should have put an end to the slave economies of Britain’s colonies. Instead, as this BBC documentary (58 mins) shows, indentured Indian coolies were transported by slave-ship across the far-flung corners of the Empire. (h/t SmashingTelly.com)
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 16, 2007
An informative and very human look at what neoliberal neocolonialism is doing to this island paradise. Narration based on Jamaica Arcaid’s A Small Place.