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Black Gold - A Film About Coffee And Trade

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.


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The Take this Friday at St. James Cavalier

 This Friday, 8th December, Koperattiva Kummerċ Ġust will be showing the film The Take in the cinema at St. James Cavalier in Valletta at 6.30pm. The Take (2004), which the New York Times commends as “a stirring, idealistic documentary,” tells the captivating true story of thirty unemployed auto-parts workers in suburban Buenos Aires who walk into their idle factory, roll out sleeping mats, and refuse to leave. All they want is to re-start the silent machines. But this simple act - The Take - has the power to turn the globalization debate on its head.

This event on Friday is related to the theme of this year’s fifth edition of the Taste the World fair trade festival to be held this Saturday between 10.00am and 10.00pm at St. James Cavalier. Entrance to the film is free. However, a small donation to cover expenses will be appreciated.

The film follows Argentina’s radical new movement of occupied businesses: groups of workers who are claiming the country’s bankrupt workplaces and running them without bosses.

The Take won the Documentary Award in the annual AFI Los Angeles International Film Festival and was nominated for various other awards. According to The Los Angeles Times, “Set in a time of national economic disaster, The Take is a stirring story of workers organizing… a suspenseful and cautionary tale documenting the consequences of globalization… universal in its implications.”

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