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Title Store wars : when Wal-Mart comes to town / Bullfrog Films presents ; a film by Micha X. Peled ; written, directed, produced by Micha X. Peled ; produced in association with Independent Television Service ; produced by Teddy Bear Films.
Imprint San Francisco, CA : Teddy Bear Films ; Oley, PA : Distributed by Bullfrog Films, [2001]

Subject Wal-Mart (Firm)
Industries -- Social aspects -- United States -- Case studies.
Discount houses (Retail trade) -- United States -- Case studies.
Retail trade -- United States -- Case studies.
Small business -- United States -- Case studies.
Ashland (Va.) -- Politics and government.
Alt Name Peled, Micha X.
Halpern, Charles, 1939-
Bullfrog Films.
Teddy Bear Films.
Independent Television Service.
Add Title When Wal-Mart comes to town
Description 1 videodisc (59 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
polychrome rdacc
System Details DVD-R; NTSC; all regions; 4:3 full screen; Dolby digital 2.0.
Note This disc is a recorded DVD and may not play on all DVD players or drives.
Originally produced as a documentary film in 2001 for broadcast on PBS.
Study guide available online at:
Performer Voice over narration, Charles Halpern.
Credits Associate producer, Monica Z. Lam ; camera, Allen Moore ; editor, Ken Schneider ; composer, Pete Sears ; wholesale/retail advisor, Larry Hott.
Audience For grade 7 and up.
Summary Store Wars follows the one-year conflict that polarizes Ashland, Virginia, population 7,200, when Wal-Mart decides it wants to build a megastore there. The ensuing debate pits neighbor against neighbor in a battle as protracted and bitter as those fought in the Old West between ranchers and farmers over land-use issues. The struggle between conflicting versions of the American dream has on one side those who want to preserve their seemingly idyllic small-town way of life versus those who believe in the positive economic benefits Wal-Mart promises. This truly American story is about the right of a community to determine its own future: Which values are most important? Who gets to decide?
In the U.S., Wal-Mart opens a new mega-store every two business days. Explores the impact of discount chain stores on American society and its values, and examines a local democracy in action -- how one community reaches a difficult decision. Follows events in Ashland, Va., over a one-year period, from the first stormy public hearing that galvanizes residents' opposition until the Town Council takes a final vote on the proposed Wal-Mart Store. Arguments for the store and against it are articulated and hotly debated. Includes comments from the mayor, Town Council members who will eventually make the decision, Wal-Mart representatives, and citizens who organize to block the store. Intended to offer a critical view of the Big Box industry as a whole, and to present all viewpoints on this controversial issue
Note Closed-captioned.
Awards Winner, 2001 Golden Gate Award, Bay Area Film & Video - Documentary, San Francisco International Film Festival.
Local Note OTTERBEIN: License restrictions: Bullfrog Films “Customer acknowledges that the programs may not be utilized in any manner other than as specified herein and in no event shall the Programs be exhibited before an audience where admission is charged for the viewing of the Programs, without prior written consent from Bullfrog. With the exception of public libraries lending programs to their authorized cardholders, and schools lending programs to students and their families, CUSTOMER SHALL NOT SUBLICENSE, SUBLEASE, RENT, SELL OR OTHERWISE PART WITH THE POSSESSION OF THE PROGRAMS secured by Customer hereunder to any third parties.” “Customer has the right to exhibit the Programs to a limited number of viewers where all viewers, projector, or monitor(s) and playback unit are in the same room (“in-room use”). CUSTOMER ACKNOWLEDGES THAT THE PROGRAMS MAY NOT BE DUPLICATED, DIGITIZED OR TRANSFERRED TO ANY OTHER MEDIUM OR FORMAT, BROADCAST, TRANSMITTED BY CABLE, OR OTHERWISE TRANSMITTED, ON ANY MULTI-RECEIVER OR CLOSED CIRCUIT SYSTEM, unless otherwise specified herein or agreed to by Bullfrog in writing.”
ISBN 1594581118
ISBN/ISSN 806838116834
OCLC # 55539847

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