Actor turned director Stuart Townsend takes globalization head on with his feature debut, Battle in Seattle. The film depicts the events that derailed the WTO's (World Trade Organization) Seattle conference in 1999. Shot guerilla style, Townsend shows how a peaceful protest against free trade spiraled into anarchy that crippled a city. The all-star cast includes Townsend's significant other, Charlize Theron, as well as noted character actors Ray Liotta, and Michelle Rodriguez to name a few. Stuart speaks passionately about the Battle in Seattle and the greater issue of free trade's effect on the world poor.

Battle in Seattle hits limited theaters September 19th.

Julian Roman