Battle in Seattle

In 1999, five days rocked the world as tens of thousands of
demonstrators took to the streets of Seattle in protest of the World
Trade Organization (WTO). Environmentalists, consumer advocates, labor
unions, students, anarchists and pacifists all converged, bringing
attention to how the WTO's policies were affecting democracy around the
world. The upcoming presidential election has now reinvigorated the
debate over global trade policy.
Django (Andre Benjamin), Sam (Jennifer Carpenter), Lou (Michelle
Rodriguez) and Jay (Martin Henderson) are united in their desire to be
heard and to make a difference, for these protesters, this is very
personal and the stakes are higher than mere politics. A peaceful
demonstration to stop the WTO talks quickly escalates into a full-scale
riot and an eventual State of Emergency results. The streets are
mayhem, the WTO is paralyzed. Caught in the crossfire are Seattle
residents, including its beleaguered mayor (Ray Liotta), a riot cop on
the streets (Woody Harrelson) and his pregnant wife (Charlize Theron).
The choices they make will change their lives forever and prove,
ultimately, that ordinary people can change the world.
With his ensemble cast writer/director Stuart Townsend intertwines
different points of view from a cross section of society � from
protestors and police to delegates and doctors � who intentionally or
accidentally find themselves on the streets of Seattle in those last
days of the millennium. Townsend merges footage of the real event with
his fictional narrative and, ultimately, Battle in Seattle illustrates
that, even against incredible odds, ordinary people can change the
world.


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