Ourtown

Description: Ourtown is a film that follows the struggle of one community, challenged by the largest corporation in the world. In the fall of 2005 Wal-Mart announced plans to build a SuperCenter in Damariscotta, a small coastal Maine town. The range of citizen responses soon created a fissure that divided the community. On one side were those who wanted convenience, jobs, increased tax revenues, and rolled back prices. On the other side were those who sought to protect the local landscape and economy from out-of-scale development and out-of-town corporate colonization. For many of the individuals who participated in the debate, the experience ignited democratic ideals considered beyond reach or tarnished by politics. Ultimately, the film asks the questions: what kind of town do you want to live in and who holds the power to determine the fate of your community? The film is available for purchase from the website. The website also provides further information and links to related resources.

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Source:
Red Door Media
Date: 2007

Format: Website

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