Distributor:  Bullfrog Films
Length:  31 minutes
Date:  2002
Genre:  Expository
Language:  English
Grade level: 10-12, College, Adult
Color/BW:  Color
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Not for Sale

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Examines the disturbing new corporate practice of patenting life forms.

Not for Sale

NOT FOR SALE is an engaging documentary that explores some little known aspects of global trade agreements like the WTO. Patents and other intellectual property rights are expanding what corporations can own and control -- from things like machines, to knowledge and even living creatures. What does this mean for the environment, our food supply, and human rights?

This film looks at farmers, indigenous people, and anti-globalization activists who oppose patents on life and advocate for a world where life is not a commodity but something to be treasured.

With beautiful footage from the headwaters of the Amazon, farms in Washington and Iowa, as well as India and Peru, plus glimpses of the Seattle WTO protests, NOT FOR SALE brings this global issue into focus with stories of everyday people.

Also interviewed are Vandana Shiva, Anuradha Mittal of Food First, and Debra Harry of the Indigenous Peoples Council on Biocolonialism.

'A brilliant documentary that finally demonstrates the connection between biodiversity and cultural diversity, between resistance to globalization and social and environmental justice.' Devon Pena, Professor of Anthropology, Director of Ph.D. Program in Environmental Anthropology, University of Washington

'Does a great job in raising awareness regarding just how serious the economic and food security threat associated with genetically modified crops (GMOs) really is, especially from a corporate concentration and agribusiness power perspective...I recommend that this documentary be viewed by all the world's farmers.' Dan McGuire, Program Director, Farmer Choice - Customer First educational program, American Corn Growers Association.

'The future of food and medicine is in jeopardy. This film explains why.' Linda Setchell, Safe Foods Campaign

'Not for Sale tackles the serious issue of genetic patenting -- a practice which threatens entire cultures -- in a straightforward and sometimes playful way that makes this fundamental threat to the world's food supply easy to digest.' Matt Parish, Boston Independent Media Center

'Disturbing but liberating.' Francis Boyle, attorney, University of Illinois

'An important contribution to the discussion of genetics and society.' Paul Billings, M.D., GeneSage Inc.

'Not for Sale is a clear, comprehensive and honest look at the consequences of genetic engineering and patents on life -- on lives around the world.' Jill Rubin, Food and Safety Advocate, MASSPIRG

'Excellent production values...Half-hour length makes the program ideal for classroom viewing, with time left for discussion. Not for Sale is a thought provoking program that effectively demonstrates that genetically modified organisms are a global as well as local concern. Highly recommended.' Barb Bergman, Minnesota State University, Educational Media Reviews Online

'Not For Sale raises one of the most important questions of our time: 'who will control the food?' The film offers a sobering assessment through many voices that ultimately call for a globalization of citizen action that is in the end both empowering and essential.' Zoe Weil, Co-founder of the International Institute for Humane Education


Audience Choice Award, Best Short, East Lansing Film Festival
Nominated for Best Short Documentary, Environmental Media Association Awards
Honorable Mention, Columbus International Film and Video Festival
Honorable Mention, EarthVision Environmental Film Festival
Buenos Aires International Festival of Independent Films
United Nations Association Film Festival, Stanford
Vermont International Film Festival
American Anthropological Association Film Festival
Environmental Film Festival in the Nation's Capital
Hazel Wolf Environmental Film Festival
Barcelona International Festival of Environmental Films
Olympia Environmental Film Festival
Irvine Human Rights Festival
Northwest Film and Video Festival, Portland
Conscientious Projector Film Festival
Santa Cruz Film Festival
The Green Festival, Washington DC


Main credits

Young, Melissa (film producer)
Young, Melissa (screenwriter)
Young, Melissa (film director)
Dworkin, Mark (screenwriter)
Dworkin, Mark (film director)
Dworkin, Mark (videographer)
Dworkin, Mark (editor of moving image work)
Hartle, Shelley (narrator)

Other credits

Videographer/editor, Mark Dworkin.

Distributor credits

Moving Images

Mark Dworkin and Melissa Young

Moving Images
Mark Dworkin and Melissa Young
Narrated by Shelley Hartle

Docuseek2 subjects

Genetically Modified Organisms
Business Ethics
Medical Ethics
Human Rights
Law and Legal Studies
Indigenous Studies
Citizenship, Social Movements and Activism
Social Aspects

Distributor subjects

Business Practices
Central America/The Caribbean
Developing World
Environmental Justice
Genetically Modified Foods
Global Issues
Human Rights
Indigenous Peoples
International Trade
Latin American Studies
Science, Technology, Society
Social Justice


indigenous patenting life forms, biotechnology, genetics, WTO, Vandana Shiva, Food First, Indigenous Peoples Council on Biocolonialism; "Not for Sale"; Bullfrog Films

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