..."Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price," a searing new documentary directed by independent filmmaker Robert Greenwald on a budget of $1.8 million.
A dueling documentary...called, "Why Wal-Mart Works: And Why That Makes Some People Crazy." It's a glowing portrayal of the world's largest retailer, directed by independent filmmaker Ron Galloway....Together, they tell two tales of one Wal-Mart: Predator that exploits workers and decimates local communities in its endless hunt for profits, and exemplar of economic efficiency whose low prices are a boon to consumers worldwide.
But watching the two together can serve a useful purpose. At heart, both are explorations of 21st century U.S. capitalism, with opposing perspectives on the underlying purpose of free markets. The nuances that Greenwald leaves out, Galloway fills in. The realities that Galloway glosses over, Greenwald lingers on.
Ok, two sides of a story...fine. But check out the pro-Walmart director's next film:
For those who have trouble with Galloway's line of thinking, he acknowledges that one of his next films - "Why Global Warming Works" - is unlikely to convince detractors.
"So the world's warming up. What happens now?" Galloway said. "There actually are, strangely enough, there are benefits. I'm going to try to show both sides and let people make up their minds."
Mr. Greenwald's film certainly has been drumming up a lot of support in this area, too. As of today, it is the lead story in the State Journal, and it profiles the one guy in the greater Madison area that actually supports banalMart. Apparently they want to expand into Stoughton, Monona, Jefferson, and possibly add another store in Fitchburg. Grrrr.