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   from the issue of February 1, 2007

Global coffee trade explored at the Ross

"Black Gold," opening Feb. 2 at the Mary Riepma Ross Media Arts Center, is an eye-opening account of the winners and losers in the global coffee trade. "Black Gold" is showing through Feb. 8.


Multinational coffee companies rule shopping malls and supermarkets and dominate the industry worth over $80 billion, making coffee the most valuable trading commodity in the world after oil. But, while we continue to pay for lattes and cappuccinos, the price paid to coffee farmers remains so low that many have been forced to abandon coffee fields. Nowhere is this paradox more evident than Ethiopia, the birthplace of coffee.

Tadesse Meskela is one man on a mission to save his 74,000 struggling coffee farmers from bankruptcy. As his farmers strive to harvest some of the highest quality coffee beans on the international market, Tadesse travels the world in an attempt to find buyers willing to pay a fair price.

Against the backdrop of Tadesse's journey to London and Seattle, the enormous power of the multinational players that dominate the world's coffee trade becomes apparent. New York commodity traders, the international coffee exchanges, and the double dealings of trade ministers at the World Trade Organization reveal the many challenges Tadesse faces in his quest for a long term solution for his farmers.

Show times are available online at or by calling 472-5353.

Also showing @ The Ross

"Salaam-e-Ishq" (Feb. 2 only)

A tale of romance following six couples, all from different parts of the world. Not rated.

"The Last King of Scotland" (through Feb. 8)

A Scottish doctor on a Ugandan mission becomes the personal physician of dictator Idi Amin (played by Forest Whitaker, Golden Globe winner for Best Actor in a Drama). Rated R.

"Volver" (through Feb. 15)

A melodrama by director Peter Almodóvar featuring the story of four women in one family. Features Penélope Cruz. Rated R.

For more information go online to or call 472-5353.



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