A new film about the historic 1999 protests in Seattle against the World Trade Organization opens Friday in Washington, D.C., San Francisco, New York, Seattle and Minneapolis (You can buy tickets and see the opening dates for other cities here). While director Stuart Townsend’s film “Battle in Seattle” follows a dozen fictional characters over five days of protests in November 1999, the events depicted are real. Public Citizen was there and was one of the groups that helped organize what started as a peaceful protest against corporate globalization.
We’re hoping the film will do more than entertain. We hope it wakes people up to the the negative impact so-called “free trade” has on workers, consumers and the environment. You can learn a lot more about the WTO at the Global Trade Watch section of our Web site.
Lori Wallach, director of Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch program, had this to say about the film:
This film has the potential to boost the movement in a way that all of civil society’s best efforts cannot. It can awaken a new audience to how citizen activism has — and can in the future — beat the world’s most powerful corporations.
Todd Tucker blogs more about the film over at Eyes on Trade.
You can get involved by letting people know about the movie.