Multinational companies seldom take the needs of people or the environment into account.
SUPER-COMPANIES provides a revealing portrait of the operations of multinational and transnational corporations. Using the aluminum industry in Australia, British Columbia, Jamaica, and Norway as a case study, the film documents the effects that the industry has had on the economic and physical well-being of people in those countries.
Directed by Boyce Richardson
Produced by The National Film Board of Canada
Multinationals treat the world as a single market. They take raw materials from one place, process them in another, and sell them everywhere. When challenged by host governments to make a larger contribution to the economy, the companies simply find more hospitable environments.
SUPER-COMPANIES provides a provocative view of the way our global economy is being shaped by economic powers that are often at odds with the needs of people.
Grade Level: Grades 9-12, College, Adult
US Release Date: 1989
Copyright Date: 1987
VHS ISBN: 0-7722-0392-X
"SUPER-COMPANIES is an excellent video... highly recommended for adult audiences, college and secondary schools, and any programs addressing environmental, conservation, and development cases."
*****Video Rating Guide
"A detailed, well-supported critique that allows spokesmen from the aluminum industry to present their point of view as well."
|Reduced rates for activist and grassroots groups. Please inquire.
Awards and Festivals
Gold Apple, National Educational Film & Video Festival
Red Ribbon, American Film Festival
30-part series that looks at the effect of globalization on individuals and communities around the world.
The New Rulers of the World
Award-winning journalist, John Pilger, investigates the realities of globalization by taking a close look at Indonesia.
The Golf War
Globalization comes to a Philippine seaside community, which has to defend its ancestral lands against golf course development.
The Emperor's New Clothes
An impassioned look at the effects of NAFTA on workers in Canada, the US and Mexico.
Investigates the roots of the current economic crisis, and the ongoing assault on working people in the United States.
Tells the story of the credit bubble that caused the financial crash of 2008, and clearly explains how excessive income inequality leads to economic instability.
Let's Make Money
Erwin Wagenhofer's incredible odyssey tracking our money through the worldwide finance system.
Invisible Garments: Expensive Soles
Nike and other multinationals are moving production to countries like Indonesia.
The environmental impact of the 2,000 factories (maquiladoras) on the US-Mexico border.
It Takes a Child
15 year-old child labor activist, Craig Kielburger, works for reform around the world.
The Story of Puttinan
A determined Thai girl has experienced the hardship of child labor.
Who's Counting? (Short Version)
Marilyn Waring demystifies global economics from a feminist perspective.