AGORA
: Dragged from her chariot by a mob of fanatical vigilante Christian monks, the revered astronomer was stripped naked, skinned to her bones with sharp oyster shells, stoned and burned alive as possibly the first executed witch in history. A kind of purge that was apparently big business back then.


CRITICAL WOMEN HEADLINES

6/4/09

Offshore: A Corporate Tale Of Cowboys And Indians


The outsourcing satire, Offshore, directed by Detroit based GM worker turned filmmaker, Diane Cheklich, is a stinging reality check during these economic hard times. There have been other films that have tackled the subject of outsourcing. But what is unique about Offshore, is its seamless negotiation of all sides of the issue as the story moves back and forth between workers in India desperate for any job, to the 'wild midwest' Americans here who will not only be displaced as a corporate cost cutting measure, but in some cases are subjected to the additional humiliation of training the overseas visitors as well, who will be replacing them. Then there are the manipulative machinations of the owners, bosses and media that callously kick in too. A rare film about and for the masses, and how workers worldwide are pitted against one another while the factory owners benefit, and are let off the hook.

In my audio conversation with Cheklich by phone to Detroit, she sheds some light on the many issues of outsourcing compounding these economic hard times, and the subheader title of this movie, A Corporate Tale Of Cowboys And Indians....

CLICK TO LISTEN TO THE OFFSHORE INTERVIEW HERE

Prairie Miller

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