A Battle Worth Picking

One year ago, Michelle Rodriguez was telling us about a movie she had wrapped with Charlize Theron, Woody Harrelson, Channing Tatum, and Andre Benjamin called Battle in Seattle about the five days in 1999 that rocked the world as tens of thousands of demonstrators took to the streets of Seattle to protest the World Trade Organization Ministerial Conference. Many thought the new millennial round of trade negotiations, which were to be implemented as a result of the conference, did nothing but further the agenda of big corporations with no regard for the world’s poor and the environment. When we asked Michelle what drew her to the movie, written and directed by Stuart Townsend (Theron’s boyfriend) she said, "More than 30,000 people from around the world gathered for the biggest protest against economic globalization known to man since the 1960s. And no one knows about it."

People didn't exactly rush to the theater to watch this flick back in September, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn't peep it on DVD or Blu-Ray, which comes out today.

Townsend intertwines different points of view from a broad cross-section of society—protestors and police, delegates and doctors—who intentionally or accidentally find themselves on the streets of Seattle during the protests. Extras include the making of the film, director’s commentary, and "The Real World Trade Leaders" featurette.

 

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