WALLA WALLA, Wash. -- "This is What Democracy Looks Like," a documentary on last year's street protests in Seattle, Wash., against the World Trade Organization (WTO), will be shown on the Whitman College campus this Thursday, Nov. 30, as part of an evening of education, activism and laughter.

All events will be held in the Maxey Hall Auditorium, beginning with a free Activism Fair at 7:30 p.m. Flying Fox Productions, a group of Whitman students who blend political satire and music into puppet theater, will give a brief performance at 8 p.m. The showing of the documentary, about 70 minutes in length, will follow immediately thereafter.

A donation of $1 to $5 is requested for the puppet theater performance and showing of the documentary.

Narrated by motion picture actress Susan Sarandon and rap artist Michael Franti, the documentary was co-produced by the Independent Media Center (IMC) of Seattle and Big Noise Films. With more cameras on Seattle's streets than any other media organization, IMC collected more than 300 hours of video footage during the WTO protests.

The film includes the work of over 100 videographers and attempts to show what really happened on Seattle's streets in the midst of the tear gas and confusion. The film also attempts to place the raw energy of the protests within the context of their global and historic significance. The film soundtrack includes music by Rage Against the Machine, DJ Shadow, DJ Musaka, and Company of Prophets.

The Activism Fair will host informational booths from a variety of local community groups and activist organizations. Groups with booths, which will be set up in the lobby outside Maxey Auditorium, include the Independent Media Center, Amnesty International, Washington Alliance of Technical Workers, Coalition Against Homophobia, EcoPledge, Activists for Palestine, Save our Wild Salmon, Whitman Organic Garden, Habitat For Humanity, Feminists Advocating Change and Empowerment, Break the Bank (Citibank), and the Whitman Insurgency.

Representatives from the various groups will be present to answer questions and offer their resources.


Dave Holden, Whitman News Service, (509) 527-5902
Email: holden@whitman.edu

Brant Olson, Whitman Insurgency, (208) 861-6129
Email: olsonbd@whitman.edu