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Using shock therapy as a metaphor, the film investigates Klein s central idea of disaster capitalism. When countries are jolted by catastrophic events such as war or natural disasters, they are often subjected to totally un-regulated free market remedies that benefit corporations at public expense. The film traces the doctrine s beginnings from the theories of Milton Friedman and the Chicago School economists, through its implementation over the past 40 years in Pinochet s Chile, Yeltsin's Russia, Thatcher's Britain, and the American Neo-Con directed invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq.
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Directors Michael Winterbottom (The Trip) and Mat Whitecross (The Road to Guantanamo) combine video from Klein's speaking tour with historical newsreel and archival footage to illustrate the author's arguments. Approximating the structure of the book, the film introduces viewers to the leading economic theory of the latter twentieth century and show how it was applied in the real world. It's a concise and chilling recounting of the U.S. influence upon other countries during and after the Cold War.
Assembled from video camera footage of Klein's speaking engagements and historical newsreels, the picture quality on this DVD ranges in quality from passable to mediocre. A few interviews fair the best but a lot of the archival clips are scratched and blurry. The image doesn't detract from the impact of this filmic essay's content though. The audio is a respectable stereo mix that lets the narration by Kieran O'Brien (9 Songs) and various interviews be heard clearly. The trailer is the only extra on the disc.
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Ms. Klein points out the U.S.'s (and the Chicago Boys) involvement in setting up Augusto Pinochet's dictatorship in Chile in the 1970s and '80s. This was to be a demonstration of the correctness and efficiency of unrestrained capitalism, although the actual results were hardly desirable. Undeterred, this new conservative economic philosophy metastasized in the economic and political policies of the United States and Britain under the malign leadership of Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher, and ultimately in Russia, under a drunk and misguided Boris Yeltsin.
It is in recalling the awful degradation of humanity by these merchants of greed and corruption that I find this film so disturbing, and at times depressing. But Ms. Klein provides some solace and hope at the end of the presentation. She notes how an informed and active populace can (and should) resist the immorality of crisis capitalism. In the past few years, since the DVD was released, I've seen a number of instances in which people appear to be doing exactly that. And ultimately, an truly informed and appropriately active population is a very good thing.
At under 80 minutes, the film discusses these previously mentioned CIA experiments, South American politics in the seventies (with particular attention to the Pinochet coup in Chile), Thatcher's Britain, Reagan's administration, the rise and fall of Gorbachev, post 9/11 policy in America, reactions to catastrophic disasters, the modern economic crisis, and a myriad of other subjects too various to report. Some interesting points are made along the way, but the focus of the film is so single minded and the canvas is so large.Read more ›
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Every now and then we need to remember what the truth really is and to think for ourselves, shocked back to reality of what is. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Lee
It's fascinating, but I felt it did not capture the depth of depravity of the "free market" crowd. I hope someone seeing it will be enticed to read her bookPublished 3 months ago by Ray
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State imposed "Free Markets" is an oxymoron so I found this documentary to be intellectually dishonest. Read morePublished 4 months ago by S. Adams
Fascinating, revealing and a wake up call for us to be more engaged and aware as citizens.Published 8 months ago by Peter Walker