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  • Fair Trade
    • Black Gold. Codirected and coproduced by Nick and Marc Francis. 78 min., Fulcrum Productions, 2006. A documentary on Ethiopian coffee farmers seeking a fair price for their efforts.
    • Buyer Be Fair. Written and directed by John de Graaf. 57 min., Fox-Wilmar Productions, 2006. A documentary overview of fair-trade certification, and how it helps people and the environment.
  • Slavery
    • Amazing Grace. Directed by Michael Apted. 117 min., 20th Century Fox, 2007. A dramatic retelling of William Wilberforce’s campaign to end the slave trade in England.
    • Call+Response. Produced and directed by Justin Dillon. 86 min., Fair Trade Pictures, 2008. An overview of modern-day slavery that uses music to send out the call for action, a call to which we must respond.
    • The Price of Sugar. Directed by Bill Haney. 90 min., New Yorker Video, 2007. A documentary looking at the slave-like conditions many Haitians experience in the sugar fields.
  • Oil, Cars, and Climate Change
    • The 11th Hour. Directed by Nadia Conners and Leila Conners Peterson. 92 min., Warner Home Video, 2007. An exploration of the causes of global warming and everyday suggestions of what
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    • Fuel. Directed by Josh Tickell. 112 min., Blue Water Entertainment, 2008. A hopeful overview of alternative fuel sources.
    • An Inconvenient Truth. Directed by Davis Guggenheim. 96 min., Paramount, 2006. Al Gore’s award-winning documentary on the global climate crisis and suggestions for a sustainable future.
    • Who Killed the Electric Car? Directed by Chris Paine. 93 min., Sony Pictures, 2006. A look at the economic and political barriers to creating alternative-fuel vehicles.
  • Food
    • Fast Food Nation. Directed by Richard Linklater. 114 min., 20th Century Fox, 2006. A graphic drama that explores the horrors of factory farming, as well as the agricultural exploitation of workers.
    • Food, Inc.. Produced and directed by Robert Kenner. 93 min., Magnolia Pictures, 2008. A comprehensive overview of the injustices and dangers present in our highly industrialized modern food system.
    • King Corn. Written, produced and directed by Aaron Woolf. 90 min., DOCURAMA, 2007. An exploration of modern American farming and food consumption, which focuses on the main ingredient in our diet: corn.
    • The Meatrix Short animated films (based on the Matrix movies) that educate consumers about the factory farm system
  • Clothing and Sweatshops
    • China Blue. Directed and produced by Micha Peled. 87 min., Teddy Bear Films, 2005. A clandestine look at the hardships faced young girls working in a Chinese blue jean factory.
    • The Corporation. Directed by Mark Acbar and Jennifer Abbott. 145 min., Zeitgeist Films, 2005. An exhaustive look at the modernday corporation that pursues profit and power above all else.
    • Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price. Directed and produced by Robert Greenwald. 98 min., Brave New Films, 2005. A contrast of the public image Wal-Mart presents, and the human and environmental toll of its actual practices.
    • What Would Jesus Buy? Directed by Rob VanAlkemade. 91 min., Arts Alliance America, 2007. A sobering look at America’s addiction to shopping.
  • Disposable Lifestyles
    • Wall-E. Directed by Andrew Stanton. 98 min., Walt Disney, 2008. An entertaining animated story of the future of an overly consumeristic and wasteful human race.
    • The Story of Stuff A short film that traces our consumer habits and wasteful ways.
  • Debt and Jubilee
    • Bamako. Written and directed by Abderrahmane Sissako. 117 min., New Yorker Video, 2006. A critically acclaimed political drama, where the citizens of Bamako, Mali, hold international financial organizations accountable for many of Africa’s problems.
    • Life and Debt. Produced and directed by Stephanie Black. 80 min., New Yorker Video, 2001. A sobering look at how international debt has changed the economy and people of Jamaica.

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