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Anti-Wal-Mart film to be shown in area

first_imgA documentary that purports to expose Wal-Mart’s anti-labor practices will screen next week throughout the area as part of what the film’s director calls the largest grass-roots movie premiere ever.Robert Greenwald, who also directed “Outfoxed: Rupert Murdoch’s War on Journalism” (2004), said his new film is about one corporation crushing the American dream for millions of people.“`Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Prices’ is the story of one company using its power to destroy the fabric of American life, and it is important to us that as many people as possible see it,” Greenwald said.Greenwald added the film will get more than 7,000 showings nationwide Nov. 13-19, including 1,000 at churches. The trailer for the films was screened last month during an anti Wal-Mart rally at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in San Gabriel.Todd Kunioka, a Rosemead resident and Wal-Mart opponent, said he will catch the Nov. 19 screening of the film in Rosemead. Many residents in that city are fighting a Wal-Mart Super Center and the battle has led to a lawsuit and recall election Feb. 7.“It reminds people of what they otherwise might not think of,” Kunioka said. “There is a cost involved, just because you are saving money, what else are you getting? What else are you contributing to?”“Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Prices” has generated a fierce backlash from Wal-Mart, which challenges the veracity of the film and points viewers to a competing film that puts the retailer in a more favorable light.Ron Galloway and his brother Robert will release “Why Wal-Mart Works: And Why That Makes Some People Crazy” on Nov. 15. The film’s production was partially supported by Wal-Mart.“We show that the major arguments presented against Wal-Mart can be refuted with the facts, solid logic and reason and compelling personal stories from people whose lives have been touched in a positive way by Wal-Mart,” Galloway said.Wal-Mart spokeswoman Christie Gallagher said the company’s leadership has not yet seen Greenwald’s film, but the trailers that have been released contain some inaccuracies.“From what we’ve seen from Mr. Galloway on TV and that sort of thing, it seems he brings some very pertinent points that discredit Mr. Greenwald’s arguments,” Gallagher said.The movie will premier in Bentonville, Ark., the retailer’s hometown. Galloway’s film will then go straight to DVD in an hurried effort to release it the same week Greenwald’s film begins screening, said Eric Parkinson, distributor for “Why Wal-Mart Works.” That film will be available in area retail stores. [email protected](626) 962-8811, Ext. 2717 AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img