Fresh on the heels of Bum Rushing the Charts and making a statement that the individual is a force to be reckoned with, I watched the documentary McLibel. It is the story of the longest trial in British history pitting two individuals against the mega-conglomerate McDonald’s.
McDonald’s sued the two calling their pamphlets libelous. Without the help of attorneys, funds, or the benefit of a jury, the duo stood up to Ronald’s bosses.
The film is well made. The facts are presented fairly. The story is compelling. The seriousness is palpable. McLibel is (like many documentaries) a film that should be seen. It resonates with issues of the most importance – freedom of speech – human rights – and the abuse of power. The only negative of the film is near the end when it goes a little Pollyanna and preachy.
RATING 9 out of 10