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Film: The Corporation

Picture of J. Bakan  Author and Producer Joel Bakan visits CWU for film screening and discussion of “The Corporation”

 Legally, a corporation is considered a "person." If this is true, then what kind of person is it? Discover the truth during the free screening of “The Corporation” on Jan. 8 at 6 p.m. in Student Union and Recreation Center (SURC) room 137 A/B. Following the screening, attendees are invited to explore the film’s content with CWU Management Professor Tim Hargrave and Joel Bakan, author and director of “The Corporation.”

“If you’re concerned about the future of the world, then this is paramount to watch,” stated CWU Law and Justice Professor Chuck Reasons, Ph.D., J.D.

The film is based on Bakan’s book, “The Corporation: The Pathological Pursuit of Profit and Power.” Bakan, who also served as a co-creator and associate producer for the film, will lead discussions on the book and film at this free event.

“The Corporation,” which debuted in 2003, has won 26 international awards, 10 audience awards including a Sundance Film Festival Award, and the IDFA Special Jury award. The documentary was analytically reviewed by The Economist, the Wall Street Journal, the Harvard Business Review. Audiences continue to be moved by both the book and the film, which has been translated into over 20 languages. Now, more than a decade later, Bakan is breaking ground on a follow-up project that focuses on the corporation’s evolution and transformation since the first film.

“It’s good to have an understanding to see the positive and negative consequences of seeing a corporation as a person because it does not care about people, workers or the environment,” Reasons said. “[Corporations] only care about profit.”

This event is sponsored by the CWU Social Justice and Human Rights Dialogue series, College of Business, Department of Sociology, Department of Political Science, Department of Law and Justice, Africana and Black Studies, Center for Leadership and Community Engagement and Center for Diversity and Social Justice. Persons of disability may make arrangements for reasonable accommodations by emailing DS@cwu.edu. For more information about the event, contact Reasons at Charles.Reasons@cwu.edu.

Picture of J Bakan courtesy of Simon Frasier University

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