In this program host Libby Potter travels around the world as she takes a meaningful look at the economics behind inexpensive goods for sale in big-box stores and malls. Cost-cutting through supply chain management and waste reduction, economies of scale achieved by shipping offshore-manufactured goods to market via super-container ships, the Wal-Mart effect, and the no-frills philosophy of IKEA are addressed.
CNBC's David Faber scrutinizes Wal-Mart as he seeks to understand how the company has ascended to the heights of power it has come to occupy - and whether this juggernaut can continue to succeed in the face of increased opposition.
A powerful film about advertising and inspiration. It reveals the work and wisdom of some of the most influential advertising creatives of our time, people who've profoundly impacted our culture. Their work grabbed the attention of millions and truly moved them. The social and cultural impact of their ads are brought to light in this dynamic exploration of art, commerce, and human emotion.
Big Bucks, Big Pharma pulls back the curtain on the multi-billion dollar pharmaceutical industry to expose the insidious ways that illness is used, manipulated, and in some instances created, for capital gain.
A documentary about the current oil and energy crisis and its effect on the environment. It explores the subject of Peak Oil and its implications for the future of civilization. Includes interviews with sociologist William R. Catton, evolutionary biologist Jason Bradford, environmental analyst Lester Brown, NASA's James Hansen, author Bill McKibben, and others.
26-year-old Daniel Dembélé is equal parts West African and European, and looking to make his mark on the world. Seizing the moment at a crossroads in his life, Daniel decides to return to his homeland in Mali and start a local business building solar panels, the first of its kind in the sun drenched nation.
In the early fifties Coco Chanel introduced the suit that became her trademark. Using rare archival footage, this program explores the course of her career as well as the fascinating story of her personal life. Depicts the Chanel firm under the direction of Karl Lagerfeld; includes an interview with Lagerfeld.
Chimerica: An Economic Love Story Gone Sour
Examines the rise and potential decline of "Chimerica," the financial marriage between two of the world's biggest economic powers. Shows how Chinese savings led to American borrowing and prompted the subprime mortgage crisis of 2007. Looks at the role of trading centers in Hong Kong and Chongqing, China, as well as the International Monetary Fund and World Bank and explains why once-risky markets in Asia, Latin America, and eastern Europe have become better investments than the U.K. or U.S. stock market.
The largest human migration in history is taking place right now. Over 130 million Chinese peasants, mostly young women, have left their villages in search of jobs in the globalized economy. They comprise the world's largest pool of cheap labor, and are the main producers of clothes and other commodities for Western consumers. This is the story of Jasmine, a thread cutter; Li Ping, a seamstress; and Orchid, a zipper-installer and their experiences working in Mr. Lam's Lifeng Factory in Shaxi, a town near Canton.
Media scholar Justin Lewis makes a compelling case that consumer capitalism can no longer deliver on its promise of enhancing quality of life, and argues that changing direction will require changing our media system and our cultural environment.
Consuming Kids: The Commercialization of Childhood
Consuming Kids throws desperately needed 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.
Credit Jeopardy 1 & 2
A light-hearted spoof of the popular game show to learn about consumer credit issues.
... provides fascinating case studies in starting and growing a company, from the first spark of inspiration to the scramble for media exposure to the point at which professional operations management and high-volume manufacturing are implemented. Viewers meet uncompromising boot-strappers at the heart of four great success stories: Jason Osborn and Jason Wright of FEED Granola; Sara Blakely of Spanx body shapers; Blake Mycoskie of TOMS Shoes; and Rick Bayless and Manuel Valdes of Frontera Foods.
"Packed with advice from experienced entrepreneurs, this video highlights smart ways to generate recognition for a start-up business. Topics include the need for targeted messaging that connects with the customer base, effective website building and development, networking through community involvement, business referral or liaising with other firms, and small-scale advertising based on repetition rather than splash."
Inspired by former U.S. Fed Chairman Alan Greenspan's acknowledgment that he'd found a flaw in his model of how the world worked, 'The flaw' attempts to explain the underlying causes of the financial crisis in more depth than any documentary to date. The film tells the story of the credit bubble that caused the financial crash, and presents an original and compelling account of the toxic combination of forces that nearly destroyed the world economy.
This documentary film profiles the farmers, business executives and community organizers who are reinventing our food system. Fresh focuses on the people who are making a difference. It's character-driven, says producer Ana Joanes. The experts are secondary.
This program explains key principles at the core of global economics and takes a historical look at their effects, focusing on market liberalization and the failed "East Asian miracle"; privatization of basic resources in Bolivia and the severe backlash against it; Russia's rapid transition to capitalism and the oligarchism and kleptocracy that came to characterize it; and China's incremental implementation of capitalism under communism.
Although women make up more than 46 per cent of the labor force in Canada, less than half of all public corporations have any women on their boards. Examines discrimination against women in the workplace and politics, and introduces the viewer to Jean Holland's controversial Bully Broads program for women executives.
Footage of housemaids filmed by seven adolescents over the course of one week at the behest of director Gabriel Mascaro tells the story of Brazilian housemaids, their working lives and their relationships with the families that employ them.
Includes interviews with Lonnie Johnson, inventor of the Super Soaker water gun; Jim McCann, founder of 1-800-FLOWERS; Brian Scudamore, founder of 1-800-GOTJUNK; Roxanne Quimby, co-founder of Burt's Bees product line; Tom Garnier of SSI Shredding Systems; David and Shari Gold who run the 99 Cent Only retail stores; Todd Greene, inventor of HeadBlade.
This documentary, examining the increasing debt burden carried by millions of Americans, argues that corrupt practices by financial and government institutions are fostering citizens' dependence on credit while creating a ballooning national debt that is leading the country towards fiscal disaster.
As the gap between the rich and the poor in India turns to a chasm, a renowned news journalist questions the social stability of a country that will soon enter the top five of the world's economic giants.
This Mexican documentary takes viewers into the agricultural fields, where children barely bigger than the buckets they carry work long hours, in often hazardous conditions, picking tomatoes, peppers, or beans, for which they are paid by weight. When not in the fields, the daily lives of children can also include making earthen bricks, cutting cane, gathering firewood, plowing fields with oxen and planting by hand, or carving wooden figures and weaving baskets to sell. These children and their families survive only by unrelenting labor. Despite that, the cycle of poverty is passed on from one generation to another.
Frontline investigates the causes of the worst economic crisis in 70 years and how the government responded. The film chronicles the inside stories of the Bear Stearns deal, the Lehman Brothers collapse, the propping up of insurance giant AIG and the $700 billion bailout.
Updating her previous films, Killing us softly and Still killing us softly, Jean Kilbourne reviews how advertising has changed and not changed over the last 20 years, using over 160 ads to critique advertising's view of women, and the effects this has on their image of themselves.
Jean Kilbourne takes a fresh look at how advertising traffics in distorted and destructive ideals of femininity. The film marshals a range of new print and television advertisements to lay bare a stunning pattern of damaging gender stereotypes--images and messages that too often reinforce unrealistic, and unhealthy, perceptions of beauty, perfection, and sexuality.
In September 2008, capitalism looked like it was on the brink of collapse. This is the story of how the crash was caused, what happened, and how generations to come will be affected by its legacy. Part one examines when the collapse of Lehman Brothers plunged the world into financial crisis. The program includes never-before-seen footage shot inside Lehman's in the weeks leading up to the demise of the bank.
Made in L.A. traces the moving transformation of three Latina garment workers on the fault lines of global economic change who decide they must resist. Through a groundbreaking law suit and consumer boycott, they fight to establish an important legal and moral precedent holding an American retailer liable for the labor conditions under which its products are manufactured.
In this critical but human look at the alienating world of work, this animation film is the story of the disillusioned Valentin, a model employee in a dead-end job. When he rediscovers an old accordion hidden in a closet, he regains the joy of life.
Deep in the rain forests of Grenada, anarchist chocolate-maker, Mott Green operates an unusual chocolate factory that turns out delicious creations unknown to a world saturated with industrially produced cocoa. See how the world's smallest chocolate factory, by tackling the unsustainable and exploitative practices of the Goliaths of the industry, is doing enormous things for cocoa communities, and the world's sweet tooth.
Packages hide an army of motivators, persuaders, and decision makers. Packages are so commonplace we fail to realize their immense impact. This up-to-date and fast paced video is essential for marketing classes and consumer education. It will change how you view packages -- and marketing.
Challenging the viewer to take a serious look at his or her own ability to take risks, manage an organization, and go toe-to-toe with competitors, the program offers insight into market exploration, determining a viable market niche, gauging the level of need for a product or service, learning about one's customer base, and deciding on the most appropriate business structure. Writing a detailed and comprehensive business plan is also a major topic.
Exposing the forces responsible for the loss of trillions of dollars, millions of jobs, massive foreclosures, and the disappearance of retirement funds, the documentary investigates the unregulated fraud and theft that led to the market's collapse in fall 2008. Explores the epidemic of subprime mortgages, predatory lending, insurance scams, and high-risk hedge funds that caused the collapse of the housing market and a full-scale economic meltdown.
A millionaire at eighteen, Sir Richard Branson heads an empire of international businesses. In this intimate, dynamic portrait of his life, he talks about his upbringing, his entrepreneurial philosophy, and the story of his many successful ventures.
People no longer work for the same company for all their life. The DVD explains the history of the concept of retirement and how current college graduates need to look at personal finance now as well as planning for their retirement.
Are we too materialistic? Are we willfully trashing the planet in our pursuit of things? And what's the source of all this frenetic consumer energy and desire anyway? In a fast-paced tour of the ecological and psychological terrain of American consumer culture, Shop 'Til You Drop challenges us to confront these questions head-on.
Is access to clean drinking water a basic human right, or a commodity that should be bought and sold like any other article of commerce? ... [T]his timely documentary is a behind-the-scenes look into the unregulated and unseen world of an industry that aims to privatize and sell back the one resource that ought never to become a commodity: our water.
All of the federal government's efforts to stem the tide in the financial meltdown that began with the subprime mortgage crisis have added hundreds of billions of dollars to the national debt. FRONTLINE reports on how this debt will constrain and challenge the new Obama administration, and on the growing chorus on both sides of the aisle that without fiscal reform, the United States government may face a debt crisis of its own, which makes the current financial situation pale in comparison.
Tells the story of America's first real industry, the textile industry, beginning with Samuel Slater and Slater's Mill in Pawtucket, R.I., then the Boston Associates' development of America's first industrial city, Lowell, Mass., and up to the present. Discusses child labor and labor conflicts and the changes brought by new technologies all along the way.
Water on the Table features Maude Barlow, who is considered 'an international water warrior' for her crusade to have water declared a human right...More than a portrait of an activist, [the film] presents several dramatic opposing arguments. Barlow's critics are policy and economic experts who argue that water is no different than any other resource, and that the best way to protect freshwater is to privatize it.
Monsanto Company is the world's leader in agricultural chemicals, seed and genetically modified crops, as well as being one of the most controversial companies in industrial history. Shows how the company promoted such products as Roundup (glyphosate), bovine growth hormone, and genetically modified plants.
The Yes Men again pull off one bold prank after another in an effort to raise political consciousness. Posing as top executives of giant corporations, they lie their way into big business conferences and pull off the world's most outrageous pranks.
In this David and Goliath story for the 21st century, a group of proud Scottish homeowners take on celebrity tycoon Donald Trump as he buys up one of Scotland's last wilderness areas to build a golf resort.