Los Angeles

Movie Screening: Black Gold

blackgoldmovie.jpgOur Social Action committee has learned of a screening of Black Gold, a documentary that examines the global coffee industry:

When: Friday, February 23, 2006 at 7:00pm
Where: Ten Thousand Villages, 496 South Lake Avenue, Pasadena. Discussion about the movie will follow at the Magnolia Urban Lounge next door.
Cost: Free, but seating is limited.

From the movie’s promotional materials:

Multinational coffee companies now rule our shopping malls and supermarkets and dominate the industry worth over $80 billion, making coffee the most valuable trading commodity in the world after oil.

But while we continue to pay for our lattes and cappuccinos, the price paid to coffee farmers remains so low that many have been forced to abandon their coffee fields.

Nowhere is this paradox more evident than in Ethiopia, the birthplace of coffee. Tadesse Meskela is one man on a mission to save his 74,000 struggling coffee farmers from bankruptcy. As his farmers strive to harvest some of the highest quality coffee beans on the international market, Tadesse travels the world in an attempt to find buyers willing to pay a fair price.

Against the backdrop of Tadesse’s journey to London and Seattle, the enormous power of the multinational players that dominate the world’s coffee trade becomes apparent. New York commodity traders, the international coffee exchanges, and the double dealings of trade ministers at the World Trade Organisation reveal the many challenges Tadesse faces in his quest for a long term solution for his farmers.

For more information about the movie, visit its web site. For more information about Ten Thousand Villages and their fair trade initiatives, visit their web site.