In this short documentary, director Rose Archer joins academic and activist Jane Kelsey to argue against Aotearoa signing the original Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA). The 2016 Loading Doc uses animation to illustrate how things can turn nasty when commercial interests are allowed to sue governments. The film looks at El Salvador, which was sued for US$300 million by mining company OceanaGold, after laws were passed to halt mining (a World Bank tribunal later argued OceanaGold should be paying). Archer hopes viewers will be outraged and demand change.
I had to make this film. Too many people see the injustices of the world and feel powerless, as if they are an inevitability. But this simply is not true. The power structures that define the flow of resources both locally and internationally create many of the worlds injustices, and they can be changed.– Director Rose Archer