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To further educate yourself about fair trade and its growing movement, we recommend you watch one or more of the documentaries listed below. They touch on fair trade in local to global communities, businesses, social justice, challenges, products and more.

 

Birdsong and Coffee: A Wake Up Call

Birdsong and Coffee uses a series of interviews to communicate the sincere, respectful relationship that exists through Fair Trade among the part is involved in coffee production. In this film we hear from experts and students, from coffee lovers and bird lovers, as well as coffee farmers themselves. We learn how their lives and ours are linked, economically and environmentally. The documentary gives quality examples of the interdependence of producers, consumers and the ecosystem.

 

Buyer Be Fair: The Promise of Product Certification Grains of Change

Barnwell, director of the film, travels through Northern Thailand to speak with organic rice farmers who are practicing sustainable agriculture and are Fair Trade-certified. The film documents the benefits of putting people at the center of trade and shows how their environment, their health and their way of life, as well as the health of rice consumers, has improved in recent years.

 

Fair Trade: What is Your Life Worth?

This is a documentary about the fair trade entrepreneur Tamara Johnston. Tamara discovers a new way of life through starting her own fair trade business. The positive impact of fair trade is showcased in this touching documentary.

 

From Crop to Cup

This video explains that consumers can do right by Nicaraguan farmers by purchasing Fair Trade coffee like Equal Exchange, partner of the Lutheran World Relief.

 

The Price of Sugar

This documentary follows Father Christopher Hartley, a Spanish priest, as he organizes some of this hemisphere's poorest people to fight for their basic human rights. This film raises key questions about where the products we consume originate and at what human cost they are produced. This film is beneficial in learning of the efforts of bringing Fair Trade to Haiti and discusses the conditions of developing countries in which Fair Trade is absent.

 

Trade Aid: Alternative Trade in a Conventional World A Thousand Fibers: Binding Together through Fair Trade

This film shows real life examples of the Fair Trade Federation's principles for Fair Trade Organizations. The video is most useful in showing the impact of Fair Trade on  producer's lives. Also discussed is how Fair Trade works in the world of commodities as well as handcrafts, a case study is discussed in Peru.

 

Calcutta Hilton

This documentary is about a couple that moves to India to find a way to help those less fortunate than themselves.  They begin a business where they employ illiterate women and teach them how to sew and make crafts to sell to help bring them out of poverty.  This film shows a valuable example of how when given a fair chance they can be truly empowered and Fair Trade promises opportunities like this for producers all over the world. 

 

What Would Jesus Buy?

 This film questions the materialistic culture of America that has led to overuse and degradation in other countries.  Fair Trade is a movement that seeks to make issues like this right by paying producers a higher wage and supporting the people instead of the corporations that encourage over-consumption.

 

Black Gold: Wake Up and Smell the Coffee 

As westerners revel in designer lattes and cappuccinos, impoverished Ethiopian coffee growers suffer the bitter taste of injustice. In this eye-opening expose of the multi-billion dollar industry, Black Gold traces one man's fight for a fair price. To learn more, visit the movie website.

 

Fair Trade: The Story

In this short film, TransFair USA talks with farmers and how fair trade has improved their lives in some way.  The farmers talk about the ability to send their children to quality schools for the first time. The film also puts an emphasis on how consumers can make changes in producers' lives, just by paying attention to what they purchase.

 

Grains of Change

This documentary takes place in northern Thailand, were rice farmers are participating in the fair trade movement.  The film shows the benefits of fair trade on the environment, as well as improvements in the standard of living of those involved in fair trade. Watch the movie.

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