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The Coca-Cola Case (2009)

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Two lawyers and labor rights' activists, Daniel Kovalik of the United Steel Workers of America and Terry Collingsworth of the International Rights Advocates, and their partner Ray Rogers of... See full summary »

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Two lawyers and labor rights' activists, Daniel Kovalik of the United Steel Workers of America and Terry Collingsworth of the International Rights Advocates, and their partner Ray Rogers of Corporate Campaign firmly believe that US multinational corporations should be held accountable for the shabby practices of their business associates throughout the world. To lead their battle, they resort to a law dating back to the origin of the American Constitution - The Alien Tort Claims Act - which allows foreigners to file suit in the U.S. against Americans who violate international laws. The film tells the story of their fight against one of America's stellar icons: the Coca-Cola company. Written by Anonymous

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A clunky campaign film following an equally clunky anti corporate campaign...
17 June 2010 | by (Ankara, Turkey) – See all my reviews

Documentary filmmakers Carmen Garcia and German Gutierrez ("Variations on a Familiar Theme") reteam for this somewhat clunky campaign film, following attempts to hold the multinational soft drinks corporation accountable for the murder of union workers at its bottling plants in Columbia, which occasionally shows up on the festival circuit.

Lawyers and union rights activists Daniel Kovalik of the United Steel Workers of America and Terry Collingsworth of the International Rights Advocates engage Ray Rogers of Corporate Campaign to run the "Killer Coke" campaign to support their attempts to prosecute Coca-Cola under The Alien Tort Claims Act for violation of international law.

The bumbling antics of Daniel Kovalik form the heart of the film with equally bumbling support from disillusioned hippy Ray Rogers while the far more credible seeming Terry Collingsworth wisely chooses to remain on the sidelines of a painfully misguided campaign which far from the wishes of the victims' families seems solely focused on getting the corporation to settle.

The filmmakers are thus given little to work with and chose to do even less with what they have been given and the film quickly descends into staged phone calls and hysterical finger pointing from the Laurel and Hardy-style leads which merely serves to highlight how not to run a anti-corporate campaign and how not to make a campaign film.

"The day we settle, they'll kill us."


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