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Environmental Film Festival Screening: Maquilapolis: City of Factories

March 20, 2007 // 12:00pm2:00pm

As part of the 2007 Environmental Film Festival in the Nation's Capital, the Environmental Change and Security Program (ECSP) at the Woodrow Wilson Center hosted a screening and discussion of Maquilapolis: City of Factories on March 20, 2007. Spotlighting the on-the-ground impacts of globalization, the film travels to Tijuana, Mexico—also known as "Maquilapolis" (city of maquiladoras, or sweatshops)—where Lourdes, Yesenia, and Carmen are three of many women fighting for better wages and conditions that will not irreparably harm the environment in which they live. Through video diaries, interviews, home visits, and industrial imagery, the film reveals the stark realities of globalization.

Following the film, Margrete Strand Rangnes, senior representative for the Sierra Club's Responsible Trade Program, discussed how trade institutions and agreements—such as the World Trade Organization and NAFTA—have enabled environmental and labor injustices. Andrew Selee, director of the Wilson Center's Mexico Institute, acknowledged some of the negative impacts of NAFTA, but argued that development in Mexico (specifically Tijuana) has increased in the past 15 years, partially as a result of the agreement. The question and answer period touched on a wide array of topics, from human rights to environmental health indicators. But the discussion focused on finding other success stories like that of the women's group highlighted in the film, and ways in which to replicate them on a larger scale.

Drafted by Alison Williams and Gib Clarke.

 
Event Speakers List: 
  • Interfaith Community Health Center
  • Andrew Selee // Executive Vice President and Senior Advisor to the Mexico Institute
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Experts & Staff

  • Roger-Mark De Souza // Director of Population, Environmental Security and Resilience, Wilson Center
  • Sandeep Bathala // Senior Program Associate, Environmental Change and Security Program, Maternal Health Initiative
  • Katharine Diamond // Program Assistant, Environmental Change and Security Program
  • Benjamin Dills // Program Assistant, Environmental Change and Security Program
  • Lauren Herzer // Program Associate, Environmental Change and Security Program
  • John Thon Majok // Program Associate, Environmental Change and Security Program
  • Schuyler Null // Web Editor and Writer/Editor, Environmental Change and Security Program, Maternal Health Initiative
  • Meaghan Parker // Writer/Editor, Environmental Change and Security Program
  • Sean Peoples // Multimedia Producer and Program Associate, Environmental Change and Security Program
  • Geoffrey D. Dabelko // Senior Advisor, Environmental Change and Security Program
  • Ruth Greenspan Bell // Public Policy Scholar
  • William Krist // Senior Policy Scholar
  • Louise Lief // Public Policy Scholar
  • John W. Sewell // Senior Scholar

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