FDL Movie Night: Pink Ribbons, Inc.

By: Monday June 11, 2012 5:00 pm

Breast cancer. We all know at least one person affected by it, often many more. And while breast cancer rates are increasing and billions of dollars have been raised by the Susan G Komen Foundation and other mega- and mini-charities, the treatment hasn’t changed much over the decades; it’s still as Dr. Susan Love says: “slash, burn and poison.”

Pink Ribbons, Inc., in theaters now, explores the fluffy, pink, feel-good phenomenon of breast cancer marketing and culture, how it is being exported as part of globalization, and used as political propaganda — the pinkwashing — not only of companies, but also the United States. Our guests are producer Ravida Din; health care advocate Barbara Brenner, the former executive director of Breast Cancer Action; and Dr. Samantha King, author of the book Pink Ribbons, Inc., Breast Cancer and Politics of Philanthropy.

 

FDL Movie Night: Bag It

By: Monday May 9, 2011 5:00 pm

Bag It is an affable activist film that does its job: since watching it, I have been conscious of my own use of plastics, paying attention to reducing, reusing and recycling. Without being preachy, the film’s everyman, Jeb Berrier, sets out to discover what’s behind the plastic bag, and along the way shows us the world’s dangerous love affair with disposables. Over 100 billion one-use plastic bags in 2010 alone, plus 300 million paper coffee cups lined with plastic, and product packaging from the United States alone clog storm drains and stuff landfills. They are made to be thrown away. But where is away?

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