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12 December 2006

Battle in Seattle - Vancouver Crew Re-enacts the Clash of 1999 for a 2007 Movie !

Is Flickr Showing Us the Movie - Or Is This from the Archive?: "Battle in Seattle - a 2007 movie release

When a film crew films dummie demos about huge real demos - still remembered vividly by the now 'ageing 20-some' movie reviewers (some 8 years after Seattle) the reader can really sense the Adrenalin-flow in every phrase of copy content. I can share it, though I admit that this sort of thing is the height for definitions of what is seriously self-referential; it can turn into one more progressive's contortionist act of gazing at his or her own belly button.

Bob at flickr ran photos of the scripted WTO counter-globalization demonstrations taking place this week in Vancouver (Year 2006). I cannot tell the film version from the archived real images. I don't even try!

Let us see if we can upload an image:

This was being filmed this morning at Robson and Homer, Vancouver, BC.

Eight years is approximately half the lag-time between movie and realtime protest movements and struggles. Have we moved that fast lately so that today 8 years = 16 years of the 20th century . . or is the time warp only affecting these global trade issues?

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Taken in Downtown, Vancouver, BC, CA (See more photos here)49°16' 46' N, 123°7' 01' W49.279495-123.116925

This was being filmed this morning at Robson and Homer, Vancouver, BC.

Director: Stuart Townsend.
Starring: Woody Harrelson, Charlize Theron.

Based on one of the most incendiary political uprisings in a generation, Battle in Seattle takes an in depth and personal look at the five days that rocked the world in 1999 as tens of thousands of demonstrators took to the streets in protest of The World Trade Organization. What started out as a peaceful and successful protest intended to stop the WTO talks quickly escalated into a full-fledged riot and eventual State of Emergency that squared peaceful and unarmed protesters off with the Seattle Police Department and National Guard. A 'ticking time bomb' political action-drama in the vein of 'Crash' and 'The Constant Gardener', Battle in Seattle intertwines points of view of all facets of this infamous event. Our lead characters are protestors, pedestrians, politicos, police, delegates and doctors. No perspective is left untold . . .

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