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May 18, 2017 @ 6:00 pm
SustainFloyd’s Spring Film Series continues on Thursday, May 18, 2017 at the Floyd Country Store with the documentary Freightened. Bring a dish if you wish to join the community potluck at 6:00 p.m. and stay for the film at 6:30pm. The film will be followed by a community discussion, focusing on the power of a more localized economy and steps that we can all take. Tickets at the door for suggested $5 donation.
It’s not a typo–this movie as about the international freight business. It addresses many concerns about the supply of goods that is in constant movement around the globe. What is the real cost of this global economy? This is a new film, from Spain and ours will be one of the early screenings in the US.
90% of the goods we consume in the West are manufactured in far-off lands and brought to us by ship. The cargo shipping industry is a key player in world economy and forms the basis of our very model of modern civilisation; without it, it would be impossible to fulfil the ever-increasing demands of our societies. Yet the functioning and regulations of this business remain largely obscure to many, and its hidden costs affect us all. Due to their size, freight ships no longer fit in traditional city harbours; they have moved out of the public’s eye, behind barriers and check points. The film answers questions such as: Who pulls the strings in this multi-billion dollar business? To what extent does the industry control our policy makers? How does it affect the environment above and below the water-line? And what’s life like for modern seafarers? Taking us on a journey over seas and oceans, FREIGHTENED reveals in an audacious investigation the many faces of world-wide freight shipping and sheds light on the consequences of an all-but-visible industry.