The Bottom Line: film screening and discussion
Targeting corporations to take down Apartheid – from South Africa to Palestine
Thursday, May 19th, 7:00 pm at the Victoria Theater (2961 16th Street, San Francisco)
Tipping Man 6, the Sixth International Anti-Corporate Film Festival, opens this year with The Bottom Line, a blow-by-blow account of the divestment movement against corporations in Apartheid South Africa, a global movement that successfully brought down a regime by targeting the powerful corporations that were profiting from and supporting it. Companies such as Polaroid, Shell, IBM, Ford, Chase, BP, GM, and others that were involved in the South African racist Apartheid economy were targeted by dozens of campaigns around the world, mobilized people to vigil, boycott and divest from these companies. The film uses a wealth of original materials to show how these campaigns grew and how this once-marginalized movement has contributed to the country's financial collapse, the downfall of its white minority government, and the release of imprisoned ANC leader Nelson Mandela.
What can we learn for similar campaigns today against corporations that profit from Apartheid, occupation and war? Two-time Academy Award-nominated director Connie Field will participate in a post-screening Q&A. Activist Dr. Dalit Baum of Who Profits (www.whoprofits.org) and Director of Global Exchange's Economic Activism for Palestine Program will discuss ideas for targeting corporations involved in the occupation and exploitation of Palestine.
Tickets are $10 and available through the Festival website: www.countercorp.org or at www.brownpapertickets.com/event/176751