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145 min | Argentina:150 min (Buenos Aires Festival Internacional de Cine Independiente) | Hong Kong:165 min (Hong Kong International Film Festival)
Documentary | History
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Mark Achbar
11 wins & 1 nomination
Country: Canada
Release Date: 2004-06-04
Filming Locations: Celebration, Florida, USA
Opening Weekend: $28,671 (USA) (6 June 2004)
Gross: $1,879,301 (USA) (14 November 2004)
Mikela Jay
Herself - Narrator (voice) (as Mikela J. Mikael)
Rob Beckwermert
Actor - Dramatizations
Christopher Gora
Actor - Dramatizations
Nina Jones
Actor - Dramatizations
Richard Kopycinski
Actor - Dramatizations
Karen Lam
Actor - Dramatizations
Sean Lang
Actor - Dramatizations
Bert Phillips
Actor - Dramatizations
Diana Wilson
Actor - Dramatizations
Jane Akre
Herself - Investigative Reporter
Ray Anderson
Himself - CEO, Interface
Joe Badaracco
Himself - Professor of Business Ethics, Harvard Business School
Maude Barlow
Herself - Chairperson, Council of Canadians
Chris Barrett
Himself - Corporate Sponsored University Students
Marc Barry
Himself - Competitive Intelligence Professional
Robert Benson
Himself - Professor of Law, UCLA
Elaine Bernard
Herself - Executive Director of Trade Union Program, Harvard
Edwin Black
Himself - Author, IBM and the Holocaust
Carlton Brown
Himself - Commodities Trader
Smedley Darlington Butler
Himself - USMC: Exposes Anti-FDR Plot (archive footage)
Noam Chomsky
Himself - Institute Professor, MIT
Shiv Chopra
Himself - Health Canada Scientist (archive footage) (as Dr. Shiv Chopra)
Ed Collins
Himself - Counselor
Thomas D'Aquino
Himself - President, Business Council on National Issues
Víctor Hugo Daza
Himself - Slain Student: Bolivia (archive footage)
Solomon DeMontigny
Himself - Baker
Peter Drucker
Himself - Founder, Drucker School of Management
Samuel Epstein
Himself - Professor Emeritus of Environmental Medicine, University of Illinois
Amy Field
Herself - Social Worker
Andrea Finger
Herself - Spokesperson, Celebration Florida
Nicole Barchilon Frank
Herself - Office Manager
Milton Friedman
Himself - Nobel Prize Winning Economist
Susan Gaydos
Herself - Environmental Technician
Sam Gibara
Himself - Chairman and Former CEO, Goodyear Tire
Kathie Lee Gifford
Herself (archive footage)
Richard Grossman
Himself - Co-Founder, Program on Corporations, Law and Democracy
Bruce Hamilton
Himself - Business Owner
Robert Hare
Himself - Consultant to the FBI on Psychopaths (as Dr. Robert Hare)
Lucy Hughes
Herself - Vice President, Initiative Media
Ira Jackson
Himself - Director of Center for Business and Government, Harvard University
Charles Kernaghan
Himself - Director, National Labor Committee
Robert Keyes
Himself - President and CEO, Canadian Council for Internation Business
Suk Choo Kim
Himself - Business Owner
Mark Kingwell
Himself - Philosopher
Naomi Klein
Herself - Author, No Logo
Tom Kline
Himself - Senior Vice President, Pfizer Inc.
Phil Knight
Himself - Founder & CEO, Nike (archive footage)
Chris Komisarjevsky
Himself - CEO, Burson Marsteller
James Lafferty
Himself - National Lawyers Guild
Susan E. Linn
Herself - Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard
Luke McCabe
Himself - Corporate Sponsored University Students
Robert Monks
Himself - Corporate Governance Advisor
Mark Moody-Stuart
Himself - Former Chairman, Royal Dutch Shell (as Sir Mark Moody-Stuart)
Michael Moore
Himself - Filmmaker & Author
Oscar Olivera
Himself - Coalition in Defense of Water and Life
Pierre Pettigrew
Himself - Minister of Trade, Canada
Jonathan Ressler
Himself - CEO, Big Fat Inc.
Jeremy Rifkin
Himself - President, Foundation on Economic Trends
Jim Robinson
Himself - Senior Vice President, U.S. Chamber of Commerce (archive footage)
Franklin D. Roosevelt
Himself (archive footage) (as Franklin Delano Roosevelt)
Vandana Shiva
Herself - Physicist & Ecologist (as Dr. Vandana Shiva)
Clay Timon
Himself - CEO, Landor and Associates
Michael Walker
Himself - Executive Director, The Fraser Institute
Robert Weissman
Himself - Editor, Multinational Monitor
Steve Wilson
Himself - Investigative Reporter
Irving Wladawski-Berger
Himself - Vice President, IBM Technology and Strategy Group
Don Xui Xziang
Himself - Burmese Refugee
Mary Zepernick
Herself - Program on Corporations, Law and Democracy
Howard Zinn
Himself - Author, A People's History of the United States
Kofi Annan
Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
George W. Bush
Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Jean Chrétien
Himself, with George W. Bush (archive footage) (uncredited)
Winston Churchill
Himself - Potsdam (archive footage) (uncredited)
Mohandas K. Gandhi
Himself - During Salt March (archive footage) (uncredited)
Frank Gifford
Himself - Behind Kathie Lee (archive footage) (uncredited)
Adolf Hitler
Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
King George VI
Himself - with Queen Elizabeth (archive footage) (unconfirmed) (uncredited)
Martin Luther King
Himself - During March on Washington (archive footage) (uncredited)
V.I. Lenin
Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Nelson Mandela
Himself - After Release, with Winnie (archive footage) (uncredited)
Winnie Mandela
Herself, with Nelson (archive footage) (uncredited)
Peter Mansbridge
Himself - CBC (archive sound) (uncredited)
Benito Mussolini
Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Knowlton Nash
Himself - CBC (archive sound) (uncredited)
Pope John XXIII
Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Joseph Stalin
Himself - Potsdam (archive footage) (uncredited)
Ken Starr
Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Martha Stewart
Herself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Dave Thomas
Himself - Wendy's Commercial (archive footage) (uncredited)
Harry S. Truman
Himself - Potsdam (archive footage) (uncredited)
Eugene Whelan
Himself - Senator: Chairs Posilac Inquiry (archive footage) (uncredited)
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A lot of the footage is downloaded off the Internet from, a website dedicated to free film footage within the public domain.
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Mikela J. Mikael was called in to lay down a temp track for the narration. Despite repeated efforts, the film-makers were unable to come up with anyone better for the real narrative track, so they stuck with Mikael's.
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Bento Box, a graphics company, produced animations to take place behind the interviewees but they ended up distracting audience attention and so were dropped.
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Vandana Shiva: A corporation is not a person. It doesn't think. People in it think and for them it is legitimate to create terminator technology, so that farmers are not able to save their seeds. Seeds that will destroy themselves through a suicide gene. Seeds that are designed to only produce crop in one season. You really need to have a brutal mind. It's a war against evolution to even think in those terms. But quite clearly profifs are so much higher in their minds.
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Charles Kernaghan: To make this stuff as concrete as possible, we purchase all of the products from the factories that we're talking about. This shirt sells for $14.99, and the women who made this shirt got paid $0.03. Liz Claiborne jackets, made in El Salvador. The jackets cost $178 dollars, and the workers were paid $0.74 for every jacket they made. Alpine car stereos, $0.31 an hour. It's not just sneakers. It's not just apparel. It's everything. Michael Walker: Let's look at it from a different point of view. Let's look at from the point of view of the people of Bangladesh who are starving to death. The people in China who are starving to death, and the only thing that they have to offer to anybody that is worth anything is their low cost labour. And, in effect, what they're saying to the world is they have this big flag that says, 'Come over and hire us. We will work for $0.10 an hour. Because $0.10 an hour will buy us the rice that we need not to starve. And come and rescue us from our circumstance.' And so when Nike comes in they are regarded by everybody in the community as an enormous godsend. Charles Kernaghan: One day in the Dominican Republic we found a big pile of Nike's internal pricing documents. Nike assigns a timeframe to each operation. They don't talk about minutes. They break the timeframe into ten thousandths of a second. You get to the bottom of all 22 operations; they give the workers 6.6 minutes to make the shirt. It's $0.70 an hour in the Dominican Republic. 6.6 minutes equals $0.08. These are Nike's documents. That means the wages come to three tenths of one percent of the retail price. This is the reality. It's the science of exploitation. Is this interesting? Interesting? Yes No | Share this Share this: Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Permalink Hide options Michael Walker: What happens in the areas where the corporations go in and are successful? They soon find that they cannot do anymore in that country because the wages are too high now. And what's that another way of saying, well, the people are no longer desperate. So, okay, we've used up all the desperate people there, they're all plump and healthy and wealthy. Let's move on to the next desperate lot and employ them and raise their level up. Is this interesting? Interesting? Yes No | Share this Share this: Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Permalink Hide options Samuel Epstein M.D.: Something happened in 1940, which marked the beginning of a new era. The era of the ability to synthesise and create, on an unlimited scale, new chemicals that had never existed before in the world. So, suddenly it became possible to produce any new synthetic chemical, the like of which had never existed before in the world, for any purpose and at virtually no cost. For instance, if you wanted to go to a chemist and say, 'Look, I want to have chemical, say a pesticide that will persist throughout the food chain and I don't want to have to renew it very, very often, I'd like it to be relatively non-destructible', and then he'd put 2 benzene molecules on the blackboard and add a chlorine here, and a chlorine there, that was DDT! As the petrochemical era grew and grew, warning signs emerged that some of these chemicals could pose hazards. The data initially were trivial, anecdotal, but gradually, a body of data started accumulating to the extent that we now know that the synthetic chemicals, which have permeated our workplace, our consumer products, our air, our water, produced cancer, and also birth defects and some other toxic effects. Furthermore, industry has known about this, at least most industries have known about this, and have attempted to trivialise these risks. If I take a gun and shoot you, that's criminal. If I expose you to some chemicals, which knowingly are going to kill you, what difference is there? The difference is that it takes longer to kill you. We are now in the midst of a major cancer epidemic and I have no doubt and I have documented the basis for this, that industry is largely responsible for this overwhelming epidemic of cancer, in which 1 in every two men get cancer in their lifetimes, and 1 in every 3 women get cancer in their lifetimes. Is this interesting? Interesting? Yes No | Share this Share this: Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Permalink Hide options Samuel Epstein M.D.: Towards the end of 1989, a great box of documents arrived at my office, without any indication where they came from. And I opened them, and found in it a complete set of Monsanto files, particularly dealing with toxicological testing of cows that'd been given RBGH. And at that time Monsanto was saying, 'There's no evidence whatsoever of any adverse effects. We don't use antibiotics'. And this clearly showed that they had lied through their teeth. The files described areas of chronic inflammation in the heart, lungs, kidneys, spleen, also reproductive effects, also a whole series of other problems. Jeremy Rifkin: It is a silly product. The industrial world is awash in milk. We're overproducing milk. We actually have governments around the world who pay farmers not to produce milk. So the first product Monsanto comes up with is a product that produces more of what we don't need. Steve Wilson: But the problem was that use of the artificial hormone caused all kinds of problems for the cows. It caused something called mastitis, which is a very painful infection of the udders. When you milk the cow, if the cow has bad mastitis, some of the, and I don't know how to say this in a, you know, I hope people aren't watching at dinnertime but the pus from the infection of the udders ends up in the milk... And the somatic cell count, they call it, the bacteria count, inside your milk goes up. Jane Akre: There's a cost to the cows. The cows get sicker when they're infected with RBGH. They're injected with antibiotics. We know that people are consuming antibiotics through their food and we that that's contributing to antibiotic resistant bacteria and diseases. And we know we're at a crisis when somebody can go into a hospital and get a staff infection and it can't be cured and they die. That's a crisis.
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Narrator: Factory farm cows have not been the only victims of Monsanto products. Large areas of Vietnam were deforested by the US military using Monsanto's Agent Orange. The toxic herbicide reportedly caused over 50,00 birth defects and hundreds of thousands of cancers in Vietnamese civilians and soldiers, and in former American troops serving in South-East Asia. Unlike the Vietnamese victims, US Vietnam veterans exposed to Agent Orange were able to sue Monsanto for causing their illnesses. Monsanto settled out of court, paying $80 million in damages. But it never admitted guilt.
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