Today We Have the Power: Spirituality and the Seattle WTO Protests
For one week in 1999 the world was transfixed by shocking images of Seattle police brutally attacking ordinary American citizens who came to protest the World Trade Organization meetings being held there. The story most people remember is that a peaceful protest was disrupted by a small band of masked anarchists intent on violence, forcing the police to intervene.
Country of Origin: United States of America
Running Time: 60 Minutes
Rights: All rights secured
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CAST & CREW
Director: Simon Christopher Timm
Executive Producer: Sandeep Mody
Editor: Mark W. Read
Cast: Mike Moore, Norm Stamper, David Korten and John Zerzan
Distributor: Gaiam for Worldwide Rights
Writer: Simon Christopher Timm
Producer's Representative: Ostrow and Company
Years later, people still don't know why unprecedented numbers of people from all walks of life came to protest the WTO in the first place. The blasts of tear gas, rubber bullets and shattered windows may have obscured the reasons for the protests, but those reasons haven't gone away: denigration of human life, species extinction, environmental destruction and social decay remain the heavy tolls we pay for our way of globalization.
Now those protesters seem like prophets, as the effects of globalization continue to take their toll on our world. But still missing in the public discussion is the strong belief held by many that at the real problem and the solution to it is not an economic or political issue, but a spiritual one.
Today We Have the Power challenges us to consider the deep spiritual issues at the core of these events. The film achieves this by presenting the wisdom and teachings of leading contemporary spiritual leaders and activists, who reiterate and expand upon the eternal spiritual truth best expressed by Mahatma Gandhi: You must become the change you wish to see in the world.