Monday, October 24, 2005

While soft-drink companies boast of their contributions to economic progress and development in India, community members living near the giant bottling plants are telling a different story. Severe water shortages along with soil and groundwater pollution are threatening people's livelihoods, and even their lives.

Mehandiganj: Where Life is At Stake offers a view into one community's struggles against a local Coca-Cola bottling plant and it's destructive environmental practices. The film highlights the courage and hope of the local people, while leaving the viewer with a clear picture of the violence and intimidation that Coca-Cola is willing to use to protect its $4.8 billion in annual profits.

Runtime is approximately 36 minutes, and a question and answer session will follow.