Friday, March 12, 2010

Gallery 1C03 and The University of Winnipeg Students’ Association to screen The Coca Cola Case.

Gallery 1C03 and the UWSA will screen The Coca Cola Case on Tuesday, March 23, 2010 at 7:00 in the Manitoba Boardroom (2nd floor of Manitoba Hall, Room 2M70).

Image: Scene from The Coca Cola Case by German Gutierrez and Carmen Garcia, Argus Films/National Film Board of Canada, 2009.

In partnership with The UWSA, Gallery 1C03 is pleased to join the international documentary screening network, Cinema Politica, as the first Manitoban chapter through the formation of "Cinema Politica at The University of Winnipeg”. Together we have screened six socially and politically resonant films over the course of the 2009/2010 academic season. Our final offering this year is the controversial film The Coca Cola Case (2009, Argus Films/National Film Board of Canada), which will be shown on Tuesday, March 23, 2010 at 7:00 p.m. in the Manitoba Boardroom (2nd floor of Manitoba Hall, Room 2M70).

Students at the University of Winnipeg will have the chance to see the film Coca Cola wants to hide. The Coca Cola Case begins with U.S. lawyers Daniel Kovalik and Terry Collingsworth as well as activist Ray Rogers investigating, at the instigation of union leaders in Columbia, Guatemala and Turkey, the hundreds of trade union murders associated with bottling plants for the corporate behemoth Coke.

The Argus Films/NFB film, directed by German Gutierrez and Carmen Garcia, documents their pursuit for justice and accountability for alleged human rights and labour abuses committed by Coca Cola bottling plants, particularly in Colombia and Guatemala. The films co-directors, Gutierrez and Garcia, deny Coke's claims of defamation and breach of confidentiality. According to Gutierrez from previous interviews, everything in the film has been proven and is publicly available.

For more information about The Coca Cola Case, please visit: or For more information about the Cinema Politica network, please visit

All films are selected by students affiliated with the UWSA’s on-campus service groups. The Coca Cola Case has been programmed by students working with the UWSA’s Foodbank program.

All screenings will be open to all audiences – everyone is welcome from across the campus, and across the city. Our screenings will always be free, but donations to offset costs are welcome.
Gallery 1C03 and the UWSA wish to extend thanks to Cinema Politica for making it possible for us to participate in this network. We are collectively grateful to the Canada Council for the Arts for generously supporting this initiative.