“The Take” is a Canadian documentary by Avi Lewis and Naomi Klein, shot in Argentina, where a prosperous middle-class economy was destroyed during 10 years of IMF policies, as enforced by President Carlos Menem (1989-1999). Factories were closed, their assets were liquidated, and money fled the country, sometimes literally by the truckload. After most of it was gone, Menem closed the banks, causing panic. Today more than half of all Argentineans live in poverty, unemployment is epidemic, and the crime rate is scary. In the face of this disaster, workers at several closed factories attempted to occupy the factories, reopen them and operate them.
The heated debate surrounding any mention of 9/11 truth in the mainstream media will almost certainly prevent this documentary from getting the attention it deserves. LOOSE CHANGE 9/11: AN AMERICAN COUP is the fourth in the series, and related to the first three only through subject matter and the repetition of some very brief scenes featured in LOOSE CHANGE FINAL CUT. As most people should be aware by this point, the LOOSE CHANGE series focuses on inconsistencies in the official story of 9/11. The presence of such inconsistencies should be self-evident enough for anyone who cares to briefly look, but the reluctance of both government and mainstream media to `go there’ requires people outside those fields to present the evidence themselves. (Hence, books on 9/11 by David Ray Griffin, Peter Dale Scott, Nafeez Mosaddeq Ahmed and Webster Tarpley, and films such as TERRORSTORM, 9/11 PRESS FOR TRUTH and the LOOSE CHANGE movies.)
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I.O.U.S.A. examines the rapidly growing national debt and its consequences for the United States and its citizens. As the Baby Boomer generation prepares to retire, will there even be any Social Security benefits left to collect? Read more at IMDB or support this site by buying it at Amazon.
The financial crisis is sending shockwaves all over the world, yet most of us have no idea where our money is. The only sure thing is that it’s not in the bank to which we entrusted it. The bank has submitted it for circulation in the global money market. Following the tracks of money through the world-wide finance system, Let’s Make Money points out the consequences of our greed for money. Read more at IMDB or support this site by buying it at Amazon.
Manda Bala is a documentary film about the violent class struggle in Brazil, and how cottage industries have sprung up around the frequent kidnappings that occur as the rich steal from the poor and the poor take revenge. Read more at IMDB or support this site by buying it at Amazon.
An examination of the commercialization of Christmas in America while following Reverend Billy and the Church of Stop Shopping Gospel Choir on a cross-country mission to save Christmas from the Shopocalypse (the end of humankind from consumerism, over-consumption and the fires of eternal debt.)
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When Hurricane Katrina ravaged America’s Gulf Coast, it laid bare an uncomfortable reality-America is not only far from the world’s wealthiest nation; it is crumbling beneath a staggering burden of individual and government debt. Maxed Out takes us on a journey deep inside the American debt-style, where everything seems okay as long as the minimum monthly payment arrives on time. Sure, most of us may have that sinking feeling that something isn’t quite right, but we’re told not to worry. After all, there’s always more credit! Maxed Out shows how the modern financial industry really works, explains the true definition of “preferred customer” and tells us why the poor are getting poorer and the rich getting richer.
This documentary takes the viewer on a deeply personal journey into the everyday lives of families struggling to fight Goliath. From a family business owner in the Midwest to a preacher in California, from workers in Florida to a poet in Mexico, dozens of film crews on three continents bring the intensely personal stories of an assault on families and American values. Read more at IMDB or support this site by buying it at Amazon.
Enron dives from the seventh largest US company to bankruptcy in less than a year in this tale told chronologically. The emphasis is on human drama, from suicide to 20,000 people sacked: the personalities of Ken Lay (with Falwellesque rectitude), Jeff Skilling (he of big ideas), Lou Pai (gone with $250 M), and Andy Fastow (the dark prince) dominate. Along the way, we watch Enron game California’s deregulated electricity market, get a free pass from Arthur Andersen (which okays the dubious mark-to-market accounting), use greed to manipulate banks and brokerages (Merrill Lynch fires the analyst who questions Enron’s rise), and hear from both Presidents Bush what great guys these are. Read more at IMDB or support this site by buying it at Amazon.
Since the late 18th century American legal decision that the business corporation organizational model is legally a person, it has become a dominant economic, political and social force around the globe. This film takes an in-depth psychological examination of the organization model through various case studies. What the study illustrates is that in the its behaviour, this type of “person” typically acts like a dangerously destructive psychopath without conscience. Furthermore, we see the profound threat this psychopath has for our world and our future, but also how the people with courage, intelligence and determination can do to stop it. Read more at IMDB or support this site by buying it at Amazon.
Documentary look at the effects of globalization on Jamaican industry and agriculture. Read more at IMDB or support this site by buying it at Amazon.
Twenty-four contestants compete in an endurance/sleep deprivation contest in order to win a brand new Nissan Hardbody truck. Read more at IMDB or support this site by buying it at Amazon.
A documentary about the closure of General Motors’ plant at Flint, Michigan, which resulted in the loss of 30,000 jobs. Details the attempts of filmmaker Michael Moore to get an interview with GM CEO Roger Smith. Read more at IMDB or support this site by buying it at Amazon.
Filmmakers (and brothers) Albert and David Maysles follow four employees of a company that makes expensive, ornate, illustrated bibles as they attempt to sell the items door-to-door to less-than-interested customers, who are mainly poor or lower-middle-class Catholics with little money to spend on pretty Bibles. Read more at IMDB or support this site by buying it at Amazon.