Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price
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Everyone has seen Wal-Mart's lavish television commercials, but have you ever wondered why Wal-Mart spends so much money trying to convince you it cares about your family, your community, and even its own employees? What is it hiding?
WAL-MART: The High Cost of Low Price takes you behind the glitz and into the real lives of workers and their families, business owners and their communities, in an extraordinary journey that will challenge the way you think, feel... and shop.
About the Actor
Robert Greenwald is the director/producer of "Outfoxed: Rupert Murdoch's War on Journalism" (2004), a documentary exposing the right-wing bias of Fox News. The film was initially distributed via internet DVD sales, but strong viewer demand led to an unusual post-DVD theatrical release in the summer of 2004. His new documentary is "Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price" set for release in November 2005.
Greenwald is also the executive producer of a trilogy of "Un" documentaries: "Unprecedented: The 2000 Presidential Election" (2002), directed by Richard Ray Perez and Joan Sekler; "Uncovered: The Iraq War (2003)", directed by Greeenwald; and "Unconstitutional" (2004), directed by Nonny de la Pena, about the post 9/11 erosion of American civil liberties.
In addition to his documentary work, Greenwald has produced and/or directed more than 50 television movies, miniseries and feature films, including: The Book of Ruth (2004), based on the best selling book by Jane Hamilton; The Crooked E: The Unshredded Truth About Enron (2003); Blonde, a miniseries based on Joyce Carol Oates' fictionalized biography of Marilyn Monroe; The Burning Bed, starring Farrah Fawcett as an abused housewife; Our Guys, based on the true story of a rape in a small town; Shattered Spirits, starring Martin Sheen, about alcoholism; Forgotten Prisoners, about the work of Amnesty International; and Hiroshima.
Greenwald also produced and directed the feature film, Steal This Movie, starring Vincent D'Onofrio as 60's radical Abbie Hoffman, as well as Breaking Up, starring Russell Crowe and Salma Hayek.
Greenwald's films have garnered 25 Emmy nominations, four cable ACE Award nominations, two Golden Globe nominations, the Peabody Award, the Robert Wood Johnson Award, and eight Awards of Excellence from the Film Advisory Board. He was awarded the 2002 Producer of the Year Award by the American Film Institute. Greenwald is the recipient of awards and honors for his political work by the ACLU Foundation of Southern California; the L.A. chapter of the National Lawyers Guild; Physicians for Social Responsibility; and the Office of the Americas. He is a co-founder (with Danny and Victor Goldberg) of RDV Books, as well as the co-founder (with Mike Farrell) of "Artists United," a group of actors and others opposed to the war in Iraq, which continues to work toward publicizing progressive causes. Greenwald also has lectured at Harvard University for the Nieman Fellows Foundation for Journalism.
- 20 minute version
- Behind the Scenes documentary
- Director's commentary
- 8 parody commercials
- The Spoofmakers
- and four additional videos not in the film -- Canada, England, Our Moral Voices, and Don't Mourn...Take Action!
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Are their any reasons to like Walmart? Does doing all of your shopping in one place save gas? Reduce carbon footprint? Shopping at Walmart is OK for many people. They usually have what I need. I'm a good steward of my money, for example I don't want to pay 20-50% more for a rake at the local hardware store when I know Walmart already has one. However if I'm looking for a nice fresh tomato, then Walmart is not my first choice.
At the end it shows the possibilities of what people can do when they unite. However, I know for a fact that at least 2 of the cities listed that "stopped Walmart" currently have a Walmart now. So while people can effect Walmart progress at one location, the corporate giant found another within the same city.
The management gets their pay, raises, and medical. The workers just work. And if you think they don't direct you to the welfare office or have papers on hand? Your wrong.
The money the owners have could pay a huge share of our national debt. And the way they have the chinese workers stacked up like slaves is disgusting.
This is a must see for everyone and everyone who shops at Walmart or anywhere. And then you decide for yourself what you think. I would never tell anyone what to think. Just giving my humble opinion.