The directorial debut of actor (and boyfriend to Charlize Theron) Stuart Townsend, Battle in Seattle is a fictional account of a protest gone awry in Seattle in 1999. As the World Trade Organization prepared for a summit, activists from all over the world made plans to disrupt the meetings. This film is Townsend's attempt to convey the chaos and fear that overtook the city when ideologies clashed.
According to the trailer (which gives me chills), the movie will take a look at the ordeal from many different points of view — from the police officers, to the WTO organizers, to the peaceful protesters and their clash with activists looking to make a more destructive statement.
This was big news at the time, but it slid under the radar after 9-11. I'm curious to see if the film brings something interesting to the table that will make these events relevant to today's audiences.
The movie will open at the Seattle International Film Festival in May, and will release to a wider audience in September 2008. To check out the trailer, read more.