Battle in Seattle
For five days in 1999, all eyes were on Seattle. The docudrama opens with the arrival of a group of anti-globalization activists, led by Jay (Henderson), whose compatriots include Lou (Rodriguez) and Django (Benjamin). As fictional Mayor Jim Tobin (Liotta) tries to maintain order, TV reporter Jean (Connie Nielsen) strives for objectivity, a police officer (Woody Harrelson) attempts to carry out the mayor's orders, and Dale's pregnant wife, Ella (Charlize Theron), just hopes to make it home in one piece (she gets stuck downtown at the height of the skirmish). Townsend admits he was inspired by <I>Medium Cool<I>, which filmmaker Haskell Wexler shot during 1968's Democratic National Convention.In November 1999, peaceful demonstrations in Seattle against the World Trade Organization turn into dangerous and damaging riots.
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