Distress Signals - An Investigation of Global Television

  • Distress Signals - An Investigation of Global Television
Genre : Social
Type : Documentary
Original title :
Principal country concerned : Column : Cinema/tv
Year of production : 1991
Format : Mid-length
Running time : 55 (in minutes)

The United States' number two export isn't steel or lumber, it's entertainment. While global audiences watch Law and Order, regional film and television producers are often ignored in their own countries.
Shot in Africa, North America and Europe, DISTRESS SIGNALS exposes the structure of the global television industry. From TV's largest meeting at Cannes to a behind the scenes look at CNN, the film explores the forces that shape what audiences around the world will see-and therefore think-of their neighbors on the rest of the planet.

"Provocative... This slick, well-edited production exposes the dumping of another deadly American product on the global market: American television programming... Certain to be a discussion starter in high school and college media courses"-Video Rating Guide for Libraries

Directed by John Walker
Produced by the National Film Board of Canada


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  • Arterial network
  • Media, Sports and Entertainment Group (MSE)
  • Gens de la Caraïbe
  • Groupe 30 Afrique
  • Alliance Française VANUATU
  • Zimbabwe : Culture Fund Of Zimbabwe Trust
  • RDC : Groupe TACCEMS
  • Rwanda : Positive Production
  • Togo : Kadam Kadam
  • Niger : ONG Culture Art Humanité
  • Collectif 2004 Images
  • Africultures Burkina-Faso
  • Bénincultures / Editions Plurielles
  • Africiné
  • Afrilivres

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