Consuming Kids

Last updated: November 23, 2019 at 12:16 pm

Created on Wednesday, 28 July 2010 20:29

'Consuming Kids: The Commercialization of Childhood' throws light on the practices of a relentless multi-billion dollar marketing machine, that now sells kids and their parents everything from junk food and violent video games to bogus educational products and the family car.

Drawing on the insights of health care professionals, children’s advocates and industry insiders the film focuses on the explosive growth of child marketing in the wake of deregulation. It shows how youth marketeers have used the latest advances in psychology, anthropology and neuroscience to transform children into one of the most powerful and profitable consumer demographics in the world. 

Consuming Kids pushes back against the wholesale commercialization of childhood raising urgent questions about the ethics of children’s marketing and its impact on their health and well being.

The World According to Monsanto

Created on Monday, 20 July 2009 11:37

‘The World According to Monsanto’ is a thorough, in-depth look at the history of one of the world's most dangerous and despised corporations and the serious issues swirling around genetically modified crops — from the implications for biodiversity and personal health, to the corporate control of our food, and more..

The Tobacco Conspiracy

Created on Sunday, 19 September 2010 12:15

Con·spir·a·cy

n. pl. con·spir·a·cies

1. An agreement to perform together an illegal, wrongful, or subversive act.

2. A group of conspirators.

3. Law An agreement between two or more persons to commit a crime or accomplish a legal purpose through illegal action.

4. A joining or acting together, as if by sinister design

 

‘The Tobacco Conspiracy’ describes the history of the tobacco industry’s lies and scams. From the US in 1953 to Africa today, the controversy between individual responsibility and corporate greed is portrayed in a lucid, undaunted manner. From scientific frauds to working with organized crime, the tobacco companies’ hidden agenda is shown more clearly than ever in this documentary.

 

More than three years of investigating all over the world has allowed Nadia Collot to decipher the attitudes of an industry that, in spite of many prevention campaigns, still expands its power at the cost of public health. Three aspects of industry behavior are studied:

 

1. Scientific subversion: proof of the manipulation of scientific evidence and buying out of scientists to maintain controversy over the health issues related to smoking, but even more so today, related to environmental tobacco smoke.

 

2. Ideological subversion: whether it be through clever and disguised product placements on screen or TV, creating its own biased health messages, implementing subtle and ingenious marketing tactics or using political lobbying maneuvers, the tobacco industry has gone to unbelievable extents to do what it says it never will.

 

3. Economic strategies: to develop as fast as possible, to infiltrate closed-market countries, to better reach the young and the poor, smuggling is one of the ways the industry has chosen to organize its international growth.

The Coca Cola Case

Created on Sunday, 10 October 2010 12:03

In this feature length documentary, directors German Gutierrez and Carmen Garcia present a searing indictment of the Coca-Cola empire and its alleged kidnapping, torture and murder of union leaders trying to improve working conditions in Colombia, Guatemala and Turkey.

The filmmakers follow labor rights lawyers Daniel Kovalik and Terry Collingsworth and an activist for the Stop Killer-Coke! campaign, Ray Rogers, as they attempt to hold the giant U.S. multinational beverage company accountable in this legal and human rights battle.