Premiere of New Robert Greenwald Film.
The world premiere of award-winning director Robert Greenwald’s new film, Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price, will screen in Vancouver on Sunday, Nov. 13 at the Vancouver International Film Centre’s VanCity Theatre at 1181 Seymour St (at Davie) in Vancouver.
The debut is sponsored by the Coalition of Progressive Electors (COPE) as a celebration of Vancouver City Council’s July 2005 decision to say No to a Wal-Mart development in South Vancouver. Hundreds of Vancouver residents and community groups including Building Better Neighbourhoods appeared before City Council and expressed concerns that a big-box Wal-Mart would create more traffic congestion, air pollution and urban sprawl, as well as harm local businesses.
Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price takes the viewer on a deeply personal journey into the every day lives of families struggling to fight against a goliath. Current and former employees, managers and executives tell all about the corporation’s inner-workings. Vancouver’s story is expected to be included in a special Canadian addendum to the movie.
Greenwald, an award-winning director and producer of 60 documentaries, is best known for Uncovered: The War on Iraq and Outfoxed: Robert Murdoch’s War on Journalism.
COPE has scheduled two showings at 7 and 9:30 pm, with a reception after the first showing hosted by Vancouver City Councillor Anne Roberts. Tickets are $20.
Prior to her election to council in 2002, Roberts helped organize the Building Better Neighbourhood Coalition. Communities across BC including Campbell River and Salmon Arm are currently locked in disputes over Wal-Mart’s efforts to put big-boxes in their towns.