The Globalisation Tapes (2003)

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    United Kingdom Indonesia

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    Non Fiction


`This beautifully shot and humorous film uses Western commercials, role play, and interviews to analyse the dehumanising impact of neo-liberal economics on millions of Indonesians.' []

`Using their own forbidden history as a case study, the Indonesian filmmakers trace the development of contemporary globalisation from its roots in colonialism to the present. Through chilling first-hand accounts, hilarious improvised interventions, collective debate and archival collage, The Globalisation Tapes exposes the devastating role of militarism and repression in building the "global economy", and explores the relationships between trade, third-world debt, and international institutions like the IMF and the World Trade Organization. The film is a densely lyrical and incisive account of how these institutions shape and enforce the corporate world order (and its `systems of chaos').

Plantation workers spontaneously stage a satirical commercial for the pesticide that poisons them; the filmmakers pose as World Bank agents with offers to `develop' local businesses - offers which are both brutal and absurd, yet, tempting, nonetheless. The Globalisation Tapes is a testament to the intelligence, humour, integrity and creativity of its makers and their community.

It is not only inspirational, but also instructive. The film illustrates the kind of training that is needed if unions are to build an international movement to fight corporate globalisation from the grassroots.

The story isn't told by experts, but by union members from palm oil plantations in Indonesia. This film was made possible by their energy, insight and dedication.' [Vision Machine Film Project].

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