Distributor:  Bullfrog Films
Length:  25 minutes
Date:  2000
Genre:  Expository
Language:  English
Grade level: 7-12, College, Adult
Color/BW:  Color
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The Seattle Syndrome

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Were the WTO protesters right in their effort to protect workers and the environment from exploitation?

Life - The Seattle Syndrome

How would you react if you could make money out of growing cocoa beans, but were punished for turning it into chocolate? That's how many people in the Third World feel when they face drastic import controls for turning their raw materials into manufactured goods.

Now they're also running up against the Seattle Syndrome -- an alliance of liberals and protectionists who want yet more restrictions on trade to fight poor wages, exploitative working conditions, and environmental degradation.

But is the Seattle Syndrome a justifiable way of fighting globalization -- or could it be a kind of colonialism in disguise?

With reports from across the globe and contributions from Naomi Klein, Francis Fukuyama, James Wolfensohn and Robert Reich.

'Protest is not enough. In the global village, the fight for human rights has become increasingly complex and, as this film proposes, can sometimes do more harm than good.' Timothy McGettigan, Professor of Sociology, University of Southern Colorado


Main credits

Bradshaw, Steve (narrator)
Bradshaw, Steve (film director)
Bradshaw, Steve (screenwriter)

Other credits

Camera, Ron Orders [and 3 others]; music, The Definitive break; editor, Pierre Haberer.

Distributor credits

Television Trust for the Environment

Steve Bradshaw

Television Trust for the Environment
Steve Bradshaw
Series Editor: Robert Lamb
Executive Producer: Jenny Richards
Series Producer: Luke Gawin

Docuseek2 subjects

Citizenship, Social Movements and Activism
International Relations and Geopolitics
Labor Studies
Economic Anthropology
Environmental Anthropology
Citizenship, Social Movements and Activism
Human Rights

Distributor subjects

Developing World
Global Issues
Human Rights
International Studies
International Trade
Social Justice
United Nations


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