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Who's Counting?
Marilyn Waring on Sex, Lies and Global Economics

Marilyn Waring demystifies global economics from a feminist perspective.


A printer-friendly version of this page 94 minutes
Closed Captioned

Directed by Terre Nash
Produced by The National Film Board of Canada





"Will forever change your perception of justice, economics... Watch this film." Gloria Steinem
Marilyn Waring is the foremost spokesperson for global feminist economics, and her ideas offer new avenues of approach for political action. With persistence and wit she has succeeded in drawing attention to the fact that GDP has no negative side to its accounts--such as damage to the environment--and completely ignores the unpaid work of women. "Why is the market economy all that counts?" Ms. Waring asks.

In 1975, when she was just 22 years old, she was elected to the New Zealand parliament. She was re-elected three times, and eventually brought down the government on the issue of making New Zealand a nuclear free zone.

When she was chairperson of the Public Expenditures Committee, she perfected what she calls the "art of the dumb question." Ever since she has challenged the myths of economics, its elitist stance, and our tacit compliance with political agendas that masquerade as objective economic policy.

This film has inspired many people -- notably the Who's Counting Project -- to work on human-scale economic alternatives, local currency exchanges, and more humane ways of measuring the quality of life.



Grade Level: 10-12, College, Adult
US Release Date: 1996     Copyright Date: 1995
DVD ISBN: 0-7722-1158-2     VHS ISBN: 0-7722-0574-4




Reviews
"Meeting Marilyn Waring on film will forever change your perception of justice, economics, and the worth of your own works. Watch this film."
Gloria Steinem

"I give this film (and Ms. Waring, of course) every superlative...riveting, revealing, inspiring etc. It penetrates to the heart of the global, ecological, and social crisis that afflicts the world."
Dr. David Suzuki

"A devastating critique of monetized economics, portrayed with compelling beauty and humor by Oscar-winning director Terre Nash. The film contrasts the vast, uncounted productivity of nature and women worldwide with United Nations-mandated national accounting systems rooted in military economics."
Tranet

" Waring is one of the liveliest speakers I've ever heard...She also has an uncanny ability to put complex information into easily opened packages...If knowledge is power, WHO'S COUNTING is an empowering gift."
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Awards and Festivals
Chris Award, Columbus International Film & Video Festival
GENIE Award
Human Rights Watch International Film Festival
Silver Plaque, Chicago International Film Festival
Toronto International Film Festival, Toronto
Vancouver International Film Festival
International Film Festival for Documentary, Bombay
Sunny Side of the Doc, Marseilles
Atlantic Film Festival
Film Art Fest, Llubjana Slovenia
USA Film Festival
Women in the Director's Chair International Film Festival
Rocky Mountain Women's Film Festival
Wilbur Awards Competition
Drambuie International Film Festival
Cinefalbe, Montreuil, France
Grand Illusion Cinema, Seattle
Mardi Gras Film Festival, Australia
UNA Film Festival at Stanford
Global Cinema Café, Third World Center, Princeton

Subjects
Biography
Economics
Environment
Globalization
History
Humanities
Social Justice
Social Psychology
Sociology
Women's Studies


Related Titles

Who's Counting? (Short Version)
Marilyn Waring demystifies global economics from a feminist perspective.

Argentina: Hope in Hard Times
The Argentine people, in the face of economic collapse, provide a hopeful example for the rest of us.

Argentina: Turning Around
An intimate view of new models of work, politics and community development in Argentina.

The Flaw
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.

Heist
Investigates the roots of the current economic crisis, and the ongoing assault on working people in the United States.

Let's Make Money
Erwin Wagenhofer's incredible odyssey tracking our money through the worldwide finance system.

The Love of Money
3-part BBC series provides the definitive guide to the global economic meltdown.

Democracy à la Maude
A Canadian woman leads the fight against unjust corporate globalization, and for social justice.

The Motherhood Manifesto
Looks at the obstacles facing working mothers and families and the employer and public policy changes needed to restore work-life balance.

Secrets of Silicon Valley
Shocking exposé of the hidden downsides of the Internet revolution.

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.

Borderline Cases
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.

Super-Companies
Multinational companies seldom take the needs of people or the environment into account.


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