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Halifax Premiere of The Coca Cola Case

A documentary film about Coke and labour rights in the bottling plants.

Monday February 1 2010

Venue: Alumni Hall, New Academic Building, University of King's College
Address: 6350 Coburg Road
Cost: Free

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German Gutierrez and Carmen Garcia / Canada / 2009 / 82 min / English and Spanish w/ Eng s.t.)

Brought to you by Cinema Politica and the National Film Board.

Screening Sponsored by Nova Scotia Public Interest Research Group & King's Student Union

Dr. Alex Khasnabish will be facilitating discussion during the Q&A session.

THE COCA COLA CASE is screening throughout the CP Network between winter and spring 2010 as part of the The Coca Cola Case Film Tour, co-organized the the NFB.

SYNOPSIS: Colombia is the trade union murder capital of the world. Since 2002, more than 470 workers’ leaders have been brutally killed, usually by paramilitaries hired by private companies intent on crushing the unions. Among these unscrupulous corporate brands is the poster boy for American business: Coca-Cola.

Talk to Martin Gil: His brother Isidro was killed at point-blank range while working at the Coca-Cola bottling plant in Carepa, because he was part of a union bargaining unit. Like most violent crimes committed against Colombian union leaders, Gil’s murder went unpunished.

However, U.S. lawyers Daniel Kovalik and Terry Collingsworth, as well as activist Ray Rogers, stepped in and launched an ambitious crusade against the behemoth Coca-Cola. In an incredible three-year saga, filmmakers Germán Gutiérrez and Carmen Garcia follow these heroes in a legal game of cat and mouse. From Bogotá to New York, Guatemala to Atlanta, Washington to Canada, The Coca-Cola Case maintains the suspense of a hard-fought struggle.

The lawyers filed several cases at the U.S. federal court against Cola-Cola for murder, abduction and torture committed in Colombia and Guatemala. Thanks to activist Ray Rogers, they also attacked the brand image of the Atlanta-based giant, with the devastating campaign Stop Killer Coke!, causing dozens of U.S. colleges and universities to boycott the drink.

Still the company would not give up. After five years of haggling, will the lawyers get justice? In the end, they reach a settlement of sorts, but what will the victims choose - cash, or power and integrity?


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