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"Through our scientific genius, we made of the world a neighborhood, and now through our moral and ethical commitment, we must make of it a brotherhood. We must all learn to live together as brothers or we will all perish together as fools."

- Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr

Coming April 21 to the Rice Media Center
Two Films Commercial Media Will Never Show

"The New Rulers of the World" and "Thirst"

The New Rulers of the World
In this extraordinary investigative film, award-winning journalist, John Pilger, uncovers the realities of globalization by taking a close look at Indonesia.
"A scathing portrait of the way Western commerce has taken over the economy of Indonesia and continues to maintain its grip in a way which prevents the country from ever rising above its poverty." - Doug Cummings, filmjourney.org
In order to examine the true effects of globalization, Pilger turns the spotlight on Indonesia, a country described by the World Bank as a model pupil until its globalized economy collapsed in 1998. The film examines the use of sweatshop factories by famous brand names, and asks some penetrating questions: Who are the real beneficiaries of the globalized economy? Who really rules the world now? Is it governments or a handful of huge companies? The Ford Motor Company alone is bigger than the economy of South Africa. Enormously rich men, like Bill Gates, have a wealth greater than all of Africa.

Pilger goes behind the hype of the new global economy and reveals that the divisions between the rich and poor have never been greater -- two thirds of the world's children live in poverty -- and the gulf is widening like never before.

The film looks at the new rulers of the world -- the great multinationals and the governments and institutions that back them -- the IMF and the World Bank. Under IMF rules, millions of people throughout the world lose their jobs and livelihood. The reality behind much of modern shopping and the famous brands is a sweatshop economy, which is being duplicated in country after country.

The film travels to Indonesia and Washington, asking challenging questions seldom raised in the mainstream media and exposing the scandal of economic globalization, including revealing interviews with top officials of the World Bank and the IMF.

The film offers a piercing look at the global corporate drive to control and profit from water. Is water part of a shared "commons", a human right for all people? Or is it a commodity to be sold and traded in a global marketplace? Thirst tells the stories of communities in Bolivia, India, and the United States that are asking these fundamental questions, as water becomes the most valuable global resource of the 21st Century.

Wednesday, April 21, 2004, 7:30pm
Rice Media Center
Rice University
University Blvd. Entrance 8

Parking: Entrance 8, $1/hour (behind the Police Station)
Entrance 10 off of Greenbriar, Free (3 block walk to the Media Center)

Presented by Houston Peace and Justice Center, Houston Institute for Culture and Houston Independent Media Center. These powerful films are presented in conjunction with the conference, "Winners and Losers: The Impact of Globalization."

Winners and Losers: The Impact of Globalization
A conference on global justice with keynote speaker Kevin Danaher of Global Exchange

Saturday, April 24, 8:30am to 5:00pm First Unitarian Universalist Church, 5200 Fannin St., Houston, Texas

Get more information about this Globalization Conference.

For more forum topics, please see Town Hall Meetings.

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