Night and Day: Wednesday, November 16, 2005
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From Arkansas to China, the big retail chain is explored in ‘Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price.’
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Unlike Michael Moore, Robert Greenwald is someone you could easily pass by on the street without noticing. Yet because of his documentaries — Uncovered: The War on Iraq and Outfoxed: Rupert Murdoch’s War on Journalism — Greenwald has built himself a solid reputation as a left-leaning activist filmmaker without generating anything like Moore’s hype. (This may be changing — Murdoch’s New York Post recently compared the director to Josef Goebbels. Greenwald is Jewish, by the way.)

His latest movie, Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price, will open in Dallas’ Angelika Film Center in two weeks, but we’re getting an early look at it this Wednesday thanks to the organizers at 1919 Hemphill. We at Night & Day aren’t part of the Wal-Mart-is-Satan crowd; the chain is a big help to consumers who don’t have much money. There’s no denying, though, that Wal-Mart’s business practices tend to wreak havoc on the environment and zoning laws, as well as giving short shrift to their own employees in terms of pay and benefits. Driven by reportage rather than attitude, the film builds a convincing case that this family-values-preaching conglomerate is screwing over low-income Republican-voting red-staters worse than anyone else. Whatever your stance on Wal-Mart, you can’t complain about the high cost of admission to this film — it’s free.

Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price screens at 7pm Wed at 1919 Hemphill Dr, FW. Admission is free. Call 817-920-9665.


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