1999 Seattle WTO Protest - The Human Experience
Raw Footage Interactive Documentary
Take a Walk with Those of us That were Really there.



D1 Westlake Arrests

DATE: December 1, 1999
WHERE: Westlake Mall, Downtown Seattle, WA

Jen enters downtown from the North, passing by people who have planted themselves in the intersection of Boren and Westlake after watching their friends get arrested for pretty much doing nothing. Then she moves into the People for Fair Trade headquarters to interview some people there. At Westlake Mall, she films a lot of the arrests and watches one person get their gas mask confiscated. Arrestees are taken away, literally, by the busload.


DATE: December 1, 1999
WHERE: Westlake Mall, Downtown Seattle, WA
VIDEOGRAPHER CREDIT: Brandon DeCuir+Ricardo Hubbs

Brandon - Has some intense, close up footage arrestees being boarded onto the buses. Then an interview with a labor union activist. The story is, that the Steelworkers got pissed off that so many people were being arrested that they decided to march through the No Protest Zone that day. They were aware that the nonunion activists were being targeted while the Unions were more safe from arrests..being more mainstream., and decided to support the other activists. Kept the shaky footage to keep consistent audio. The feel of the crown is important to experience.

DATE: December 1, 1999
WHERE: Westlake Mall, Downtown Seattle, WA

Brian Jone's Westlake footage starts with an interview of how the arrests came to be. His footage of the event is at the doors of the buses as people are being taken in. He interviews John Sellers from the Rukus Society.

This footage can get a little boring..until you notice the way that people are familiar with each other. Not like it would be if it was full on shopping in downtown Seattle. There is a strong feeling of community, of shared experience. It is phenomenal to be in. Powerful. Changing.from honest and true intention. We enter this sacred place to stand present in our yearning, to bring forth our own beauty and to have it answered.




N30 - WTO Conference Day 1
Big Rally and March
Human Rights + Labor Rights Day

About N30
Town Hall
3rd+Union blockade
Looking down 4th Ave
4th+Pike dumpster in the intersection
4th_University lockdown. art n dancin'
5th+Pike banner hang
6th+Pike - stage lockdown. art
6th+Union - lockdown. tear-gassed
6th+University - lockdown. tear-gassed, delegates trapped inside the Hilton
7th+Pine - block party
8th+Seneca - lockdown. pepper sprayed
B-Roll Day
Boren+Pike lockdown. puppets
Boren+Pine lockdown. puppets
Labor Rally n March
Indigenous People's March
Olive+Terry tripod Lockdown
Shame on China
After Dark

D2 - WTO Conference Day 3
Food and Agriculture Day
D3 - WTO Conference Day 4
Corporate Accountability Day

Thanks and praise.

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