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[OPIRG-EVENTS] Seattle 1999: Film Showing on the Anniversary of the WTO Shutdown!

Ottawa Film Screening Announcement

“This is What Democracy Looks Like”

A film documenting the meaning and events of the Seattle WTO Shutdown


Join the Ottawa Coalition in Support of Independent Media for the the exciting and timely Ottawa premiere of the full-length Big Noise Films/Independent Media Center (IMC) film, This is What Democracy Looks Like documenting the WTO protests in Seattle in November/December 1999.  Narrated by Susan Sarandon and Michael Franti, the film helps answer the question of why all of those youth, labour leaders, human rights activists, anti-capitalists, developing world activists, intellectuals, raging grannies, and those just genuinely concerned came together to shut down the World Trade Organization Ministerial.  Through extensive on the ground footage, it also aims to give an accurate picture of exactly what happened on the streets during those days. The film premiere is coinciding with the one-year anniversary of the Seattle demonstrations and will be shown simultaneously in numerous cities throughout North America. Each of the Ottawa screenings will feature a speaker working on these issues who will introduce the film and a discussion period will follow the showing, where we hope to take a critical look at the film, the events of Seattle, what has occured since then, the April 2001 FTAA meetings in Quebec City, and what ever else the audience desires to discuss.


Event Dates:   

         Thursday, November 30th, 2000  - Ottawa Public Library (120 Metcalfe) - 7:30 p.m.

      Speaker: Sherrie Tingley, Program Coordinator of the Centre for Equality Rights in Housing     (CERA), Ottawa Chapter.  CERA organizes the Ottawa homelessness prevention project. 


         Friday, December 1st, 2000    SAW Gallery (67 Nicholas) - 7:30 p.m.

      Speaker: Angie Freeman of Waterloo. Human rights advocate recently involved in the occupation of a Vieques, Puerto Rico armed forces training base.


         Monday, December 4th, 2000    Carleton University Campus (1125 Colonel By Drive, Paterson Building, Room 303 - wheelchair accessible) - 7:30 p.m. 

      Speaker: A member of Food Action Ottawa, a local organization aiming to educate and act on food issues such as genetic engineering and organic farming.


Cost:          $6.00 ($5.00 for students) No one will be turned away at the door for lack of funds.

                    All proceeds go to the Independent Media Center-Quebec City in preparation for the April 2001 demonstrations at the Free Trade Area of the Americas summit.


For more information contact: 233-2589, darrenoctopus@hotmail.com

For direct information on the film, see www.thisisdemocracy.org
"THIS IS WHAT DEMOCRACY LOOKS LIKE is a truly groundbreaking accomplishment.  With beautiful graphics, a passionate narrative, and stunning writing, it is a powerful embodiment of the spirit of the protests."
--- Naomi Klein, Author of No Logo and Globe and Mail Columnist