Distributor:  Bullfrog Films
Length:  61 minutes
Date:  1998
Genre:  Expository
Language:  English
Grade level: 9-12, College, Adult
Color/BW:  Color
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Democracy a la Maude

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A Canadian woman leads the fight against unjust corporate globalization, and for social justice.

Democracy a la Maude

Canadian Maude Barlow is an international leader fighting against unjust corporate globalization, and defending social justice and economic sovereignty. Over the last several years the public sector in most industrialized nations has been dramatically weakened. Few voices have been able to break through the intrusive din of advertising and corporate propaganda on behalf of 'free trade.'

As chair of the Council of Canadians, an organization of independent, non-partisan citizens -- whose 100,000 members aim to build stronger communities at the grass-roots level -- Maude Barlow fought NAFTA and has opposed Canadian newspaper magnate, Conrad Black's, nationwide takeover of newspapers.

Articulate, unassuming, and cool under fire, Maude Barlow has inspired thousands in her own country and around the world. Her agenda? 'Fair trade, full employment, cooperation, cultural diversity, democratic control, fair taxation, environmental stewardship, community, public accountability, equality, social justice: these are the touchstones of our vision and it is within our means--it is our right--to choose them.'

'Throughout recent decades, political and economic power has been concentrated on an astounding scale. This film carefully depicts the enduring struggle of Maude Barlow who, against very long odds, has campaigned relentlessly to preserve the besieged institution of Canadian democracy.' Timothy McGettigan, author of Utopia on Wheels

'Worth putting two sessions aside to explore the debates on private capital and social democracy.' John D. Jackson, PhD, Concordia University Centre for Broadcasting Studies

'As a portrait of a feminist political figure, Democracy a la Maude has much to offer the viewer and would be recommended for high school and up.' Melinda Davis, University of Tennessee College of Law Library, MC Journal

'This film is a powerful statement about the true nature of democracy and citizen participation. An excellent choice for political science, gender, and critical sociology courses.' Mike Sosteric, Dept. of Global and Social Analysis, Athabasca University

'This biography describes...how she was transformed from traditional housewife to influential Canadian media celebrity campaigning on the platforms of safeguarding social programs, promoting economic justice, and renewing democracy for the ordinary citizen...well researched.' Library Journal


Gold Apple, National Educational Media Network Competition
Honorable Mention, Columbus International Film and Video Festival
The Other America Film Festival


Main credits

Kearns, Patricia (film director)
Clarke, Annette (film producer)
Johansson, Signe (film producer)
Buffie, Erna (screenwriter)
Steele, Geneviève (narrator)

Other credits

Editor, Alison Burns; cinematography, Zoe Dirse, Barry Perles; music composer, Jeff Johnston.

Distributor credits

The National Film Board of Canada

Patricia Kearns

The National Film Board of Canada
Patricia Kearns

Docuseek2 subjects

Canadian Studies
Women's Studies
Business Ethics
Corporate Social Responsibility
Citizenship, Social Movements and Activism
Global / International Studies
Criminal Justice, Law and Legal Studies
Social Psychology
Economic Sociology

Distributor subjects

Business Practices
Canadian Studies
Fair Trade
International Studies
Marketing and Advertising
Political Science
Social Justice
Social Psychology
Women's Studies


globalization, social justice, ; Maude Barlow, advertising, propaganda, newspapers, Conrad Black, Council of Canadians, WTO, civics, NAFTA, political science; "Democracy a la Maude"; Bullfrog Films

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