Films and Videos on Cooperatives
This is a list of films on cooperatives. Some are free and available on the internet, some are for purchase, and some are available to rent.
- Food for Change. A documentary film about the history of food co-ops in the US and what they are doing today.
- My Co-op Rocks - Video Contest Winners. View the creative submissions for free. (Archived website)
- A listing of videos about co-ops on the Univ. of Wisconsin center for cooperatives website. This is a thorough list, but there are no viewable or purchasable videos on this page.
- A video search on the University of Saskatchewan Centre for the Study of Co-operatives' online library turns up a number of (mostly older) films. VHS. Rentals.
- The Spirit of Cooperation: The story of cooperatives and how Americans use them to improve their lives and communities - narrated by James Earl Jones; National Cooperative Business Association
- The Mondragon Experiment. A 1982 BBC visit to Mondragon, Spain. Describes the cooperatives founded by Father Arizmendi, how they are governed and organized. 50 Minutes. Margot Smith, Off Center Video, 1300 A Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94709; 510-486-8010; [OffCenterVideo@aol.com]
- 150 Years of Cooperation; National Cooperative Business Association
- Civilizing the Economy Part 2 online here "asks the question, "Is there an alternative to the pervasive power and influence of corporate capitalism as a model for economic and social development?"
To answer this question, this 2-part video documentary takes us on a journey to Northern Italy and the region of Emilia Romagna where the co-operative model accounts for one third of the regional GDP. The 15,000 co-ops in the region cover multiple sectors of the economy, ranging from retail and industrial production to social care and health services." Civilizing the Economy is availble for purchase through BCCA at a cost of $35 (Canadian dollars; shipping included) + GST (for Canadian residents).
- King of the Hill; Raise the Steaks. In episode 6 of Season 13, "Hank joins a co-op store because the steaks they sell are the best in town."
- "Portraits of the Solidarity Economy": 6 short (~3-4 min) films produced by SolidarityNYC. Featuring Joe Holtz/Park Slope Food Co-op; Michael Johnson/Ganas intentional community; Ann Bragg/Community Voices Heard and participatory budgeting; Caroline Woolard/OurGoods barter network; Deyanira Del Rio/Lower East Side People's Credit Union; and Telesh Lopez/Third Root Community Health Center worker cooperative.
- Stories.coop: A site with written, slideshow, and video stories about co-op from around the world, set up for the International Year of Cooperatives 2012.
- New Pioneers: A cool 5 minute video from the Co-operative Heritage Trust about the history of the Rochdale Pioneers and the legacy of cooperation in the UK and beyond. Animated. Lovely British accent.
- Cooperative(n)?: A TEDx talk by Emily AM Lippold Cheney at Black Rock City about why she is a cooperativist and what a cooperative (n) is. 10-1/2 minutes, very inspiring.
- Cooperative Vermont YouTube Channel: Cooperative Vermont films a live program every week or so, usually interviews with local co-operators.
- To The Moon: "Eighteen college students bicycle from California to Massachusetts in order to spread awareness about cooperatives, a business model they believe to be a solution to the volatile global economy. They confront frustrating realities while discovering their place in the world, and the results are at once chaotic, enlightening, and unforgettable."
- Punk Football - Punk Football (2013) Documentary on FC United of Manchester, free on Youtube
- Steps to Starting a Co-op - USDA presentation by Margaret Bau.
- A Silent Transformation / trailer - sets out to explore the innovative self-help efforts of different communities across the Province of Ontario. By addressing their needs collectively they are helping to regain the radical vision of co-operation. 70 min
- We the Owners: Employees Expanding The American Dream. An award-winning documentary film that captures the inspiring stories of a worker-cooperative/B corp. and two other employee-owned companies; 52min
- Own The Change: Building Economic Democracy One Worker Co-op at a Time. Very accessible 22-minute series of interviews with co-operators with "how-to" advice; free on YouTube. Produced by Toolbox for Education and Social Action and GritTV.
- Democracy in the Workplace: All About Collectives. Approximately 30 minutes; free on youtube. Or from Off Center Video - 510-486-8010 or [OffCenterVideo@aol.com]
- Beyond the Bottom Line: American Worker Cooperatives; 27 minutes, DVD for purchase.
- Shift Change. A new documentary (October 18, 2012) that highlights worker-owned enterprises in North America and in Mondragon, Spain.
- The Mondragon Experiment. A BBC documentary (1980) about the origins and operation of the famed Mondragon Cooperatives.
- An extra from "Capitalism: A Love Story" by Michael Moore, discussing Union Cab in Madison, WI - a worker co-op. Free, YouTube, approximately 3 minutes.
- Large cache of free clips, stories, and interviews from World News on Worker Cooperatives.
- Fixing the Future documentary series. Includes short episodes on Evergreen co-ops (worker co-ops in Cleveland) and Third Coast Workers for Cooperation (worker co-op incubator), and also the Portland Hour Exchange (Time bank) for good measure. Free.
- Green Worker Cooperatives: Stories from The Green Collar Economy. 2 and a half minutes, free, YouTube.
- The Take. Free on youtube. DVD for sale; Purchase here; feature film, 87 minutes
- , a fictional film (in Spanish) about the takeover of a bankrupt factory in Argentina and its re-birth as a worker cooperative.
- Other Avenues Worker Cooperative. Free; YouTube; 15 minutes.
- Pulaski Pike Market Video. "View members of the Terry Heights Hillandale neighborhood in Huntsville, Alabama talk about their plans for the Pulaski Pike Market, a worker cooperative grocery store." Free; just a few minutes.
- "This Way Out: A Step By Step Guide To Starting A Worker Cooperative" DVD in English with Spanish translation. Detailed. Emphasis on small worker cooperatives, including those requiring low initial capital. In production (2011.) More worker cooperative and community related videos in English and Spanish here.
- "How Worker Cooperatives Work" by Joe Marraffino for the DAWN network - seven and a half minutes, just slides, no audio. Very nice summary.
- "Incubating a Worker Cooperative on a Shoestring with Time Banks" - 20.5 min, free. Linda Hogan and Terry Daniels of hOur World talk about Time Banks in a presentation for PODER in San Francisco October 11, 2011. Time Banks are a way to get and receive services without total dependence on cash.
- A video by Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland explains the Greater University Circle's "anchor strategy" that initiated the creation of the Evergreen Cooperatives. 6 min.
- A video on EdVisions Cooperative, worker co-op charter schools
- Capitalish, a video made by Haverford students about four Philadelphia-area worker co-ops for the Philadelphia Area Cooperative Alliance (Childspace, Home Care Associates, W/N W/N coffee bar, Alliance Taxi).
- 6-min video (in Swedish with English subtitles) on the need for a strategy to adopt more widespread employee-owned cooperatives as a succession strategy for existing businesses in Sweden.
- Planet Community. A web series created by Fellowship for Intentional Communities. (as of 2018, one 8-min pilot episode and the rest in production).
- Resident Ownership Makes All the Difference. This short (just over 5 min) video tells the story of residents of manufactured home parks in Maine coming together to create sustainable solutions to affordable housing needs: resident owned cooperatives. Free on Vimeo.
- At Home in Utopia. Description from PBS.org: "New York City cops in the Great Depression called it Little Moscow, but for the 2,000 Jewish immigrant residents of the United Workers Cooperative Colony, a.k.a. “the Coops,” it was their first taste of the American dream. AT HOME IN UTOPIA bears witness to an epic social experiment, following two generations of residents and their commitment to radical ideas of racial equality and rights for tenants and workers." Order the DVD here. $24.95 (or $20.95 each when ordering 3 - 6).
- Training videos from Senior Housing Cooperative. Varying prices depending on membership/non-membership, rent or buy, DVD.
- A large cache of short, free videos and clips from YouTube on cooperatives.
- My So-Called Housing Cooperative is the story of young adults trying to live a life of cooperation and compassion... without losing their minds. Each month's webisode features a scripted parody based upon real life at the Faire Bande à Part Housing Cooperative (Faire-Op), a 3 story apartment building in Lewiston, ME. Viewable on YouTube.
- A Food Co-op in Your Community. Produced by the Food Co-op Initiative
- Food for Change: a documentary about food co-ops, local economies, and food security. You can view a trailer and donate to the film.
- Three videos about the Renaissance Community Co-op in Greensboro, NC that ended an 18-year food desert:
- RCC promo video "We Want a COOP!" made to build ownership interest before the store was open
- Longer video, also made before the store opened, that gives some of the background on how the RCC addresses not just food insecurity, but also larger economic development issues
- A 7 minute video made AFTER the store was opened, by the City of Greensboro
- CBLD Library videos:
- Michael Shuman speaks at the Hanover Co-op, April 2008
- Gar Alperovitz speaks at Weaver's Way Co-op, April 2006
- Hand in hand... A history of the Hanover Consumer Co-op
- the Rochdale Pioneers: Roots of the Cooperative Movement. Recorded for Roanoke Co-op by Todd Wallace, Jan. 2011
- The Hanover Consumer Cooperative Society Presents: David Thompson on Toyohiko Kagawa and Brotherhood Economics
- Bret Fairbairn’s keynote at June 2011 Consumer Cooperative Management Association conference in San Diego, "Co-ops in Turbulent Times." 1 hour. Courtesy of CDS Consulting Co-op.
- Excellent video on the difference between banks & credit unions - a little over one minute long! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cawzTSVTP2M
- Another little 1-minute video on the difference between banks & credit unions -- put very simply. From the Center for Urban Pedagogy. http://vimeo.com/22568421
- Promotional video "Some Choices Matter" on why choose credit unions, 3'35" http://www.somechoicesmatter.ca/
Telephone, Broadband, and Electric Cooperatives
- Hill Country Broadband Documentary - 11 minutes, free.
- NRECA: The Electric Cooperative Story - 3.5 minutes, free. A lovely sped-up hand-drawn video with the history of electric co-ops and the 7 principles that make them strong.
- Cooperatives Build a Better World - 1.5 minutes, free. Fast-paced, fun, places electric co-ops in contect of American economy and global co-op movement.
- How to Start a Solar Co-op from the Center for a New American Dream. Free.
- New Generation Farmer Cooperatives: The Development Process. University of Wisconsin, 1998.
- Grazers: A Cooperative Story: "With interest in a farm-to-table food on the rise, a small band of upstate New York farmers sees an opportunity to hold on to their endangered farms by raising and selling grass-fed beef. Forming a cooperative, they soon discover that the marketplace surprisingly can’t support their simple ambitions. Jackson and Teale follow their efforts for two years, through near collapse to an uncertain future, exposing in microcosm the struggles of small-scale farming in our modern, industrial world. An intimate, character-driven chronicle of the group’s struggle. Grazers: A Cooperative Story illuminates timely issues regarding our food system. At stake are their farms, the small communities around them, the health of the land and a way of life."
- Civilizing the Economy: Social Co-ops and Social Care Part 2 about Social Co-op is available online here British Columbia Co-operative Association produced a video with presentations from emerging local social co-ops and a dialogue session about potential applications of the model in each region. Civilizing the Economy (part 1 and 2) is available for purchase through BCCA at a cost of $35 (Canadian dollars; shipping included) + GST (for Canadian residents).
- A video on EdVisions Cooperative, worker co-op charter schools
- Another Life is Possible: Cooperatives in Barlovento, Venezuela. Free on youtube, DVD, $20.
- Five Factories: Worker Control in Venezuela. This is about democratic governance of nationalized firms, transitioning to employee-owned firms, in Venezuela. 81 minutes available to buy on DVD here.
- Spain (Catalunya): Les cooperatives Free, YouTube.
- Que es una cooperativa? Spanish, Uruguay. Free, YouTube.
- There is an alternative. United Kingdom, Free, YouTube.
- The Women of Brukman. During the 2001 economic collapse in Argentina, the seamstresses at Brukman’s clothing factory took over the operation the owners had abandoned. They reorganized it on a self-management model, without a doubt the most inspiring of the many new economic experiments in that country."
- Tilsammans (Together) (2000) Fictional story of life in a shared house in Sweden in the 1970s. As this film does NOT portray best practices for successful group-living, it provides ample opportunities for discussion and comedy. In Swedish, with subtitles.
- TOGETHER: How Cooperatives Show Resilience to the Crisis - a documentary by CECOP-CICOPA Europe. 39 min, Vimeo. Interviews with French, Polish, Italian, and Spanish (Basque) worker cooperatives.
- Can We Do It Ourselves? - This is a thought provoking documentary -- the film questions if we should be pushing for a democratic cooperative way of doing business, showing case studies of businesses that are surviving as democracies within a capitalist system. A film by Patrik Witkowsky, Jesper Lundgren, André Nyström and Nils Säfström. Distributed in cooperation with Fria Tidningar Media Cooperative. Subtitled.