Death by China 2013 NR CC

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From best-selling author and filmmaker, Peter Navarro, comes DEATH BY CHINA, a documentary feature confronting the most urgent problem facing America - its increasingly destructive trade relationship with a rapidly rising China.

Starring:
Martin Sheen, Bill Clinton
Runtime:
1 hour 18 minutes

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Death by China

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Genres Drama, Documentary
Director Peter Navarro
Starring Martin Sheen, Bill Clinton
Supporting actors Bill Loper, Tim Ryan, Christopher Smith, Richard McCormack, Tyler Schiffelbein, Jerry Treharn, Dan Revette, Joseph Paul, Sherry Treharn, Bill Clinton, Tom DeLay, Dan Slane, Gordon Chang, Brian O'Shaughnessy, Richard Trumka, David Kilgour, Harry Wu, Pat Mulloy
Studio Virgil Films & Entertainment
MPAA rating NR (Not Rated)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Rental rights 7-day viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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So called "free trade" with China is anything but.
S. Fry
To those who say it is too simple I say it was intentionally made so.
hawkeye
This is an interesting film, but take it with a grain of salt.
S. J. Boatwright

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Adapting his book "Death by China" into a feature documentary, economist Peter Navarro has got an impassioned and angry message about the future of America. As a rant, a provocation, and a call to arms, "Death by China" is both incendiary and important. Linking many of our current economic woes to the unfair and imbalanced trade practices with China, the film is an indictment of the American system that continues to make major missteps in its relationship with that nation. As prominent companies and the totality of our manufacturing base has relocated to other unregulated countries, we have systematically destroyed our ability to create future industry and jobs. And unless we take a stand, our position as a world leader will continue to erode as our debt grows and our resources are stripped away. Navarro, in both his book and this film, outlines the significant points that have led to our current state of economic struggle.

For the record, I share many of Navarro's concerns and think that the problems posed by "Death by China" are valid and need to be addressed. I think America's future is rather dire. If we stay the course, there will be no digging ourselves out of the hole that we've found ourselves in. Just because I think these issues are legitimately noteworthy, however, doesn't necessarily mean that I think "Death by China" is a great documentary. Should it be seen? Yes. But it definitely could have used more balance. There is so much anger and vitriol (and justifiably so) in this movie, it comes across as an unrelenting diatribe. Structured in outline form, an issue is presented and then politicians, business leaders, and other figures will weigh in with just how completely terrible China is.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By S. J. Boatwright on November 16, 2013
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This is an incredibly valuable film in the way it disects the malign intent of corporate power and its collusion with both Democrats and Republicans (as well as the international trading system) to tip the balance of economic power in its favor at the expense of American and Chinese labor. The information provided is stellar, but it is filtered through a dilluted worldview.

This was an example of facts being used to distort the truth. This sounds absurd, but in reality everything that the film takes issue with inside of China (subsidized exports, manipulated currency, defiance of international trading norms) the United States has either done, or is currently doing. Why is it a tragedy when China props up its manufacturing exports, but it is business as usual when the U.S. subsidizes its agricultural industry, which goes on to suffocate farmers in the underdeveloped world the way that Chinese goods thwart American manufacturing?

Not only this, but the film consistently defends the idea that China is a communist nation, a point that is simply ridiculous at this stage in history. In reality, China has found a way to manipulate and manage capitalism better than the West, a fact the speakers in the film seem unable to come to grips with. Instead they resort to the fear-mongering typical of such a discussion; "The world's largest communist nation is going to take over!"; "Whose at fault for all of America's economic woes? Communist China!" Throwing around C-Word at this point is a bit ridiculous.

This is an interesting film, but take it with a grain of salt.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Happy on March 12, 2014
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I think it's funny that the reviews are either super high or super low. It's obvious to me why these corporate stooges would hate this doc. It doesn't take a genius to figure this stuff out. If you don't support this film you are a trader to America and should be forced to go work in one of China's wonderful labor camps. We are so screwed.
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11 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Tim who cares on July 27, 2013
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I'm not sure I understand the low ratings from other reviewers. I thought this documentary told -- for the first time, perhaps -- the perspective from the American side of this trade issue.

I work in manufacturing in the Midwest of America. I provide technology support to the manufacturing plant I work in. Those who would criticize this documentary because of the computer graphics presented are missing the real issue that is sailing right over their heads.

My father, stepfather and two grandparents worked in manufacturing and were able to retire with company paid pensions (For those of you who don't know, companies used to provide some additional and continuing pay to employees after they had worked a certain number of years and then left the company. It was called a pension). As a child, I witnessed firsthand the small businesses that benefited from work performed by my family members mentioned above. I benefited as well, obviously.

Now that I am in my 40s, I can tell you that the world I lived in as a child no longer exists for me. Every day I drive by the factories that used to employ my father, stepfather and grandparents. They have been abandoned.

This issue is not complex. We are all physical beings requiring physical products to exist. The only question is: Do we want to depend on foreigners to make them for us, or do we want to take control and make them for ourselves?
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