The new film “Battle in Seattle” opened yesterday in selected theaters around the country. What makes this film unique is that it celebrates the power, solidarity and commitment of union members and other activists to create a better world.
If the initial two-week limited release attracts a large audience, the film will be distributed nationwide.
Actor Stuart Townsend, who wrote and directed the film, says, in a Point of View column on the AFL-CIO website, he wants the movie to motivate people to take action against a global economy that is not working for ordinary people.
I want to inspire a new generation to look at these groups and activists that stood up together and actually shut something down. Ultimately, it’s about empowerment of individuals. I hope that kind of solidarity inspires people to go and do the same thing.