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Democracy à la Maude

A Canadian woman leads the fight against unjust corporate globalization, and for social justice.

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61 minutes
Directed by Patricia Kearns
Produced by The National Film Board of Canada



Canadian Maude Barlow is an international leader fighting against unjust corporate globalization, and defending social justice and economic sovereignty. Over the last several years the public sector in most industrialized nations has been dramatically weakened. Few voices have been able to break through the intrusive din of advertising and corporate propaganda on behalf of "free trade."

As chair of the Council of Canadians, an organization of independent, non-partisan citizens -- whose 100,000 members aim to build stronger communities at the grass-roots level -- Maude Barlow fought NAFTA and has opposed Canadian newspaper magnate, Conrad Black's, nationwide takeover of newspapers.

Articulate, unassuming, and cool under fire, Maude Barlow has inspired thousands in her own country and around the world. Her agenda? "Fair trade, full employment, cooperation, cultural diversity, democratic control, fair taxation, environmental stewardship, community, public accountability, equality, social justice: these are the touchstones of our vision and it is within our means--it is our right--to choose them."



Grade Level: 9-12, College, Adult
US Release Date: 1998     Copyright Date: 1998
VHS ISBN: 0-7722-0757-7




Reviews
"Throughout recent decades, political and economic power has been concentrated on an astounding scale. This film carefully depicts the enduring struggle of Maude Barlow who, against very long odds, has campaigned relentlessly to preserve the besieged institution of Canadian democracy."
Timothy McGettigan, author of Utopia on Wheels

"Worth putting two sessions aside to explore the debates on private capital and social democracy."
John D. Jackson, PhD, Concordia University Centre for Broadcasting Studies

"As a portrait of a feminist political figure, Democracy à la Maude has much to offer the viewer and would be recommended for high school and up."
Melinda Davis, University of Tennessee College of Law Library, MC Journal

"This film is a powerful statement about the true nature of democracy and citizen participation. An excellent choice for political science, gender, and critical sociology courses."
Mike Sosteric, Dept. of Global and Social Analysis, Athabasca University

"This biography describes...how she was transformed from traditional housewife to influential Canadian media celebrity campaigning on the platforms of safeguarding social programs, promoting economic justice, and renewing democracy for the ordinary citizen...well researched."
Library Journal


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Democracy à la Maude


"I believe every Women's Studies program should have a copy." Linda Rogers, Prof, Educational Psychology, Kent State Univ.

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Awards and Festivals
Gold Apple, National Educational Media Network Competition
Honorable Mention, Columbus International Film & Video Festival
The Other America Film Festival

Subjects
Biography
Business Practices
Canadian Studies
Capitalism
Citizenship
Economics
Fair Trade
Globalization
Humanities
International Studies
Law
Marketing and Advertising
Political Science
Social Justice
Social Psychology
Sociology
Women's Studies


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The New Rulers of the World
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Photojournalist's personal odyssey through the streets of Seattle during the WTO meeting.

Secrets of Silicon Valley
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The Golf War
Globalization comes to a Philippine seaside community, which has to defend its ancestral lands against golf course development.

Who's Counting? (Short Version)
Marilyn Waring demystifies global economics from a feminist perspective.

The Emperor's New Clothes
An impassioned look at the effects of NAFTA on workers in Canada, the US and Mexico.

Borderline Cases
The environmental impact of the 2,000 factories (maquiladoras) on the US-Mexico border.

Super-Companies
Multinational companies seldom take the needs of people or the environment into account.

It Takes a Child
15 year-old child labor activist, Craig Kielburger, works for reform around the world.

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