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The Cinema of Globalization


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Tom Zaniello is Director of the Honors Program at Northern Kentucky University and Adjunct Professor at the National Labor College, George Meany Center for Labor Studies. He is the author of Working Stiffs, Union Maids, Reds, and Riffraff: An Expanded Guide to Films about Labor, also from Cornell.


"A clear and easy-to-navigate survey of films dealing with different aspects of globalization... Strongly geared to educators, programmers and other concerned citizens, the main value of The Cinema of Globalization is simply in alerting the reader to the wealth of material that is out there awaiting discovery. The individual entries are generally informative on the content of films and the key issues covered ... It is a wonderful resource for dipping into and finding what you didn't know you were looking for."-Catherine Lupton, Vertigo, Autumn 2007 "It was bound to happen. A societal trend gathers enough steam to warrant not just one movie or a handful of films, but an entire genre. Just so you think the genre didn't begin and end with Dirty Pretty Things, Tom Zaniello, has assembled an eminently workable guide to more than 200 films where globalization and the mobile market for human capital registers in the plot. Zaniello doesn't offer his own thumbs-up or thumbs-down. Rather, he gives a rather dispassionate plot summary and includes at least one article on the film-often, a published critical review-that prospective viewers can read for further context and insight. Zaniello points to additional literature on the broad subject areas of the filmmakers, as well as a topical index at book's end. Not surprisingly, Wal-Mart merits its own citation, one of the largest in the index. This could be an indispensable reference work for an eyes-open labor studies program. A credit course would be feasible, either on globalization films, or on labor films, based on Zaniello's earlier work. Or these could be extra-credit options. This would also serve as a terrific resource if students wanted to start a film discussion group, since distribution details for virtually every film listed are included."-Labor Studies Journal "Viewing globalization through the lens of cinema makes the issues visceral and reminds us that there are real lives at stake in every instance. This book brings a worldwide range of voices on globalization to our attention. The Cinema of Globalization will be useful to film buffs and people working in labor studies, sociology, anthropology, refugee studies, history, journalism, and mass communication. Tom Zaniello's writing is smart, concise, and funny, making this much more than a reference book. I was at times thrilled and outraged just reading the entries; now I have to see the films for myself."-Christopher Martin, Miami University, author of Framed! Labor and the Corporate Media "When I heard that Tom Zaniello was doing a new labor film book on globalization, I was elated. This guide will be very useful to people like me who are labor educators as well as to people who put together film series, professors of film, people who teach in the social sciences, and the growing number of global activists who are part of the human-rights movement, international labor movement, and the anti-sweatshop movement."-Judith Ancel, University of Missouri-Kansas City "Teachers, students, programmers, and film buffs will find this book an immensely helpful tool. Tom Zaniello's knowledge of film form is matched by his understanding of social and economic issues. A timely, useful guide-thank you, Tom!"-Pat Aufderheide, American University "The Cinema of Globalization is an excellent guide to a diverse array of popular and avant-garde films on globalization. This is a superb resource for educators."-Adele Horne, director of The Tailenders

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