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Merchants of Venice (English Subtitled Version)


Venice, a city of 54,500 residents, receives about 30 million visitors a year. Many are grab-and-go day-trippers from the mega-cruise ships that dock in the Lagoon. In addition, it’s estimated that the total number of guest quarters in Venice’s historic center could reach 50,000 and take it over entirely.

This explosion of tourist activity has forced many of the traditional shopkeepers and artisans out as retail spaces become unaffordable.

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In addition, each year, some 1,000 residents abandon the city for the mainland, also exiled due to unaffordable rents or the lack of refuge from tourism. “If the population falls below 40,000, Venice will not be a viable, living city any longer,” warned Jonathan Keates, chairman of the organization "Venice in Peril."

Our film “Merchants of Venice” takes us into the lives and livelihoods a traditional bookseller, a leatherworker, and a souvenier seller. The irony is that the tourist trade has destroyed their business and way of life. 

The concerns of the inhabitants used to be focused on the rising seas that threaten to city…but it looks as if tourists will be there first to sink the city.

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Merchants of Venice

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Educational DVD with PPR: $295

Anytime you want to screen a film on campus, Public Performance Rights (PPR) need to be obtained. Copyright law (USC 17§101) defines a public performance as occurring in a public space or if it is in any place if "a substantial number of persons outside of a normal circle of a family and its acquaintances" is gathered there. This would include classrooms, meeting rooms, auditoriums, dorm lounges, etc. However, copyright law (USC 17§110) also provides an exception for face-to-face teaching activities in a nonprofit educational institution.

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