Multinationals and Their Impact on Local Communities

Multinationals and Their Impact on Local Communities

(c) Oddbox Films

Multinationals and Their Impact on Local Communities

Reception follows screenings.

HAS FIRESTONE LIBERIA GONE FAR ENOUGH IN WORKPLACE REFORMS? (Liberia, 2010, 6 min.) As the largest foreign corporation in Liberia, Firestone has come under scrutiny in recent years. After accusations of mistreating its workers, it has made concerted efforts to improve its facility and the condition of its workforce, but has it done enough? Produced by Ed Robbins for TIME.com and the International Reporting Project (IRP).

INDONESIA’S PALM OIL DILEMMA (Indonesia, 2011, 7 min.) Should farmers cash in on the palm oil industry or fight for the forests? With demand for palm oil on the rise, Indonesia is leveling forests to create plantations. Jacob Templin, a video-journalist for TIME, meets two men in Borneo who take different approaches to protect their village environments. Produced by Jacob Templin for TIME.com and the International Reporting Project (IRP).

BHOPALI (India / USA, 2011, 83 min.) Washington, D.C. Premiere Examining the aftermath of the catastrophic industrial disaster, the massive leakage of poison gas from a Union Carbide pesticide factory in the central Indian city of Bhopal, this documentary consistently maintains a tone of soft-spoken outrage. The film reveals that the initial death toll of the Dec 3, 1984 calamity, which was estimated at 10,000 or more, has been surpassed by the significant number of chronic maladies and birth defects attributed to water contamination caused by the leakage. The film tells often heart-wrenching stories of the disaster’s living victims. These include severely handicapped children whose parents, most of whom are very poor, must seek help from donate a car to charity-funded or government-operated facilities that often are ill-equipped to cope with so many in desperate need. Directed, produced and edited by Van Maximilian Carlson. Co-produced by Kirk Palayan.

Opening remarks by John Schidlovsky, Director, International Reporting Project (IRP). Discussion with filmmakers Van Maximilian Carlson, Ed Robbins and Jacob Templin.

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Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, Kenney Auditorium

1740 Mass. Ave., NW

(Metro: Dupont Circle)

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