Battle in Seattle - Movie Synopsis & Plot
Based on one of the most incendiary political uprisings in a generation, "Battle in Seattle" takes an in-depth look at the five days that rocked the world in 1999 as tens of thousands of demonstrators took to the streets in protest of the World Trade Organization. What began as a peaceful protest intended to stop the WTO talks quickly escalated into a full-scale riot and eventual State of Emergency that squared off peaceful and unarmed protestors against the Seattle Police Department and the National Guard.
I have lived in the Seattle area for over twenty years, and was in high school when the WTO conference was held in December of 1999. I was in high school, but not yet interested in politics or economics. Hell, it would be another three years before I truly got into the issues of free trade, economic growth and political divisions. So, when the riots broke out, I remember being fascinated by them, not for what they represented but because, for a rare time, Seattle was in the worldwide spotlight. I remember even considering going to downtown to see what all the fuss was about, until one of my school acquaintances showed up in class with red eyes and said he'd been tear-gassed. Read our Battle in Seattle movie review »