1st Annual Fair Trade Film Fest Needs You!

May 8th is World Fair Trade Day.  To celebrate, we have decided to do something completely new here in Austin and we’re very excited about it!

Together with the Alamo Drafthouse Theater on South Lamar, we will be hosting the 1st Annual Fair Trade Film Festival.  Three films will be screened and fair trade vendors and entertainment will be featured outside the theater.

This is the first film festival of this kind in Austin and we are hoping to make it an Austin tradition.  Austin has such strong film and fair trade communities, so bringing them together feels very natural and powerful.

If YOU are interested in getting involved as a volunteer please contact us (austin@tenthousandvillages.com) or, if you don’t have time to volunteer but still want to make a difference, we have set up a fundraising page with Kickstart. All donations are TAX DEDUCTIBLE.  The more money we raise, the better our event can be and the bigger our impact on the community will be.

We need your help to make this event happen, so please, check out the film and panel information below and either volunteer or donate to our fundraising project today!


We will be screening one short film and three documentary films that deal with different aspects of fair trade. Below is a description of each one, along with links to more info.

After each film, we will have Q&A panels with experts and community leaders on trade economics, social justice, and sustainability. Here are the panel topics and a few of our panelists:

Fair Trade Certification: Is it worth the effort?
+RC Beall–CEO of Texas Coffee Traders, a fair trade coffee retailer and wholesaler

Fighting from Within: Worker influence and control in the maquiladoras
+Josefina Castillo–Program coordinator of the American Friends Service Committee-Austin. Co-founder of the Austin Tan Cerca de la Frontera (Austin So Close to the Border) project. 2010 recipient of the Austin Woman Humanitarian Award.http://www.afsc.org/austin/ht/d/ArticleDetails/i/81587
+Judith Rosenberg–Co-founder of the Austin Tan Cerca de la Frontera (Austin So Close to the Border) project.

Humanity and Affordability in the U.S.: Do we have to make a choice?

This event is sponsored by Ten Thousand Villages of Austin (http://www.austin.tenthousandvillages.com), Austin Fair Trade Town (http://fairtradeaustin.ning.com/), and Texas Coffee Traders (http://www.texascoffeetraders.com/).
Preshow short film (before all three feature films):
“Fair Trade Coffee Production in the Monteverde Cloud Forest”
High in the mountains of the Monteverde region of Costa Rica, some of the world’s best coffee is grown. Coope Santa Elena is made up of 75 small coffee producers who are committed to growing their crops in environmentally friendly ways. Monteverde is also an internationally known research area for cloud forests. Sonya Hernandez at University of Georgia has done a bird population study in the shade-grown coffee in this region. Produced by Patricia Ortiz.
Sponsored by TEXAS COFFEE TRADERS, sellers of Café Monteverde.http://www.texascoffeetraders.com/

Feature Films:
MAQUILAPOLIS [city of factories] (2006) As Carmen and a million other maquiladora workers produce televisions, electrical cables, toys, clothes, batteries and IV tubes, they also confront labor violations, environmental devastation and urban chaos. As they work for change, the world changes too: a global economic crisis and the availability of cheaper labor in China begin to pull the factories away from Tijuana, leaving Carmen and her colleagues with an uncertain future.

THE PRICE OF SUGAR (2007) Follows Father Christopher Hartley as he organizes Haiti’s poorest people to fight for their basic human rights. They toil under armed-guard on plantations harvesting sugarcane, much of which ends up in U.S. kitchens. This film raises key questions about where the products we consume originate and at what human cost they are produced. Narrated by Paul Newman. http://www.thepriceofsugar.com/about.shtml

BUYER BE FAIR: The Promise of Product Certification (2006) Takes viewers to Mexico, the Netherlands, the UK, Sweden, the USA and Canada to explore how conscious consumers and businesses can use the market to promote social justice and environmental sustainability through product labeling, with a focus on Fair Trade coffee and Forest Stewardship Council certified wood.