This Is What Democracy Looks Like (2000)

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Note: replaced video June 24, 2014


Documentary following the events of the 1999 WTO Protests in Seattle.

From the website:

This Is What Democracy Looks Like, a co-production of the IMC and Big Noise Films, weaves the footage of over 100 videographers into a gripping document of what really happened on Seattle’s streets. The film cuts through the confusion and tear gas to paint an intimate, passionate portrait of a week that changed the world.With narration by SUSAN SARANDON and SPEARHEAD’s MICHAEL FRANTI, and with a driving soundtrack including RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE, DJ SHADOW, DJ MUSAKA, and COMPANY OF PROPHETS, This Is What Democracy Looks Like is the first documentary to capture the raw energy of the WTO protests, while clarifying their global and historic significance.

The Independent Media Center provided a production infrastructure for over 450 media activists during the WTO protests in November 1999. With autonomous, volunteer-run media centers operating in four continents, ten countries and twenty-one cities, the IMC represents a new and powerful emerging model for independent media.

“The IMC isn’t waiting for the old guard media to tell the true story. . . the IMC is simply doing the job itself, reporting directly form the front lines.” Naomi Klein, author of NO LOGO

As always support the makers of this film by buying the DVD.

from the archives:

Seattle 1999 WTO Ministerial – Westlake Park Mass Arrest

Anti-WTO demonstration in Geneva

Greg Palast busts the WTO + World Trade Organization Risks Financial ‘China Syndrome’ (must-see)

The Battle in Seattle; 10 years after WTO By Mike Whitney