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|Opening night of 6th Annual Anti-Corporate Film Festival|
|Date||Thursday May 19|
|Time||7:00 PM - 11:00 PM|
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|Victoria Theater, 2961 16th Street (at Mission Street, across from BART)|
|Address||2017 Mission Street, 2nd Floor, San Francisco|
The 6th Annual CounterCorp Anti-Corporate Film Festival opens Thursday, May 19, and runs through Saturday, May 21, at the Victoria Theatre, 2961 16th Street in San Francisco.
The CounterCorp Festival is a three-day series of film screenings, post-screening discussions with directors and activists, and related events. The films are primarily feature-length U.S. and foreign-made documentaries, but also include narrative (fictional) films, short films, and animated and experimental works. All of the films include some theme, reference to, or commentary on corporations.
The goal of the Festival is to raise public and media awareness about how corporations actually operate, promote critical thought and analysis of the effect of those operations on the rest of society, and encourage informed discussion and debate about what corporations really add to -- and subtract from -- humanity's "bottom line".
The program for this year's Festival includes "Barbershop Punk", about one man's discovery that the nation's largest cable company has been secretly filtering its customers' date, "The Bottom Line", about the campaign to end apartheid in South Africa by divesting from international corporations doing business there, "White Water, Black Gold", about the environmental destruction caused by extracting oil from the tar sands of western Canada, "Blood in the Mobile", about the limits of 'corporate social responsibility' and the exploitation of minerals and people by the electronics industry, and "The Naked Option", about Nigerian women who threaten to remove their clothes to protest the effects of oil drilling on their health and community.
More films to be announced. Q & A's with directors and activists follow most of the films, which screen each night at 7:00pm and 9:00pm. Tickets are $10. A full-festival pass is $50. For more information -- including film summaries and trailers -- and tickets, visit http://www.countercorp.org, e-mail filmfest2011 [at] countercorp.org, or call (415) 568-5739.