Here’s a list of several documentary films which aim to expose some of the drawbacks of unfettered capitalism, consumerism, politics, emphasis of multinational corporations on their bottom line above the greater good, the growing gap between rich and poor, and so on.
Have global corporations become more powerful than government? If so, where might this eventually lead?
Some of these films also highlight the farcical spin, dishonesty, and other questionable areas long inherent in high-stakes politics.
Regardless of one’s personal opinions about these subjects, these documentary films should at least serve to generate some interesting discussion among those who carefully watch them. Most viewers of these documentary films will probably admit that at least a portion of this material warrants deeper research and serious contemplation.
An open mind is a must when considering the material discussed in these documentary films. I’m not a conspiracy theorist; however, parts of some of these and similar films may be deemed by some to veer a bit close to paranoia and conspiracy theory. Again, an open mind is paramount… so is doing one’s homework and vetting the more questionable accusations rather than merely believing whatever is heard.
Just don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater. Partial stretches and questionable premises don’t necessarily undermine these documentaries in their entirety.
The Corporation (2003)
BASIC PREMISE: The Corporation (2003)
It begins with the revelation that, according to a Supreme Court ruling, a corporation must be considered a person rather than an entity. Under this definition, reasons profiler Robert Hare, corporations can be categorized as psychopathic because they exhibit a personality disorder: that of single-mindedly pursuing their objectives without regard for the people in and around them.
RESOURCES: The Corporation (2003)
BASIC PREMISE: Ethos (2011)
This documentary examines the flaws in our systems, and the mechanisms that work against democracy and the environment. From conflicts of interests in politics and unregulated corporate power, to a news media that serves the interests of powerful elites; ETHOS explores the systems that lead us into over consumption and warfare. Too often the media celebrates aspects of our society that belong in the dark ages, while at the same time ignoring or ridiculing progressive thinking or ideas. Many aspects of the way our systems work almost guarantee our destruction as a society and that’s what this film is about. Fractured societies, poverty, disparity, pollution, warfare. Is there something inherently wrong with the human race? Is that what we should think of ourselves? We have tried to set up forms of law and government that safeguard the public good. But, if the majority of people want to live in peace and justice in a clean environment and we look around at the world and see that isn’t ..
RESOURCES: Ethos (2011)
Inside Job (2010)
I’d have to say that Inside Job, narrated by Matt Damon, is one of the best documentary films I have seen yet on the broad subject of big banking malfeasance and related issues, beginning with the failure of Lehman Brothers and the American International Group (AIG) global insurance behemoth that were apparently the largest — or at least the first — dominoes to fall leading to the global financial crisis of 2008.
BASIC PREMISE: Inside Job (2010)
Inside Job provides a comprehensive analysis of the global financial crisis of 2008, which at a cost over $20 trillion, caused millions of people to lose their jobs and homes in the worst recession since the Great Depression, and nearly resulted in a global financial collapse. Through exhaustive research and extensive interviews with key financial insiders, politicians, journalists, and academics, the film traces the rise of a rogue industry which has corrupted politics, regulation, and academia. Inside Job was filmed on location in the United States, Iceland, England, France, Singapore, and China.
RESOURCES: Inside Job (2010)
Capitalism Is the Crisis (2011)
BASIC PREMISE: Capitalism Is the Crisis (2011)
Capitalism Is The Crisis: Radical Politics in the Age of Austerity examines the ideological roots of the austerity agenda and proposes revolutionary paths out of the current crisis.
The 2008 financial crisis in the United States was a systemic fraud in which the wealthy finance capitalists stole trillions of public dollars. No one was jailed for this crime, which according to the film was the largest theft of public money in history.
RESOURCES: Capitalism Is the Crisis (2011)
You, Me, and the SPP: Trading Democracy for Corporate Rule (2009)
BASIC PREMISE: Trading Democracy for Corporate Rule (2009)
You, Me, and the SPP: Trading Democracy for Corporate Rule is a feature length documentary which exposes the latest manifestation of a corporatist agenda that is undermining the democratic authority of the citizens of North America.
RESOURCES: Trading Democracy for Corporate Rule (2009)
Zeitgeist: The Movie (2007)
BASIC PREMISE: Zeitgeist: The Movie (2007)
This film gathers information from many sources and puts it together in a way that shows it is possible for people to be manipulated by large institutions, governments and economic powers. Zeitgeist is divided into three (3) parts:
- Religion. Pagan astrological beliefs compared to modern and ancient religions
- 9/11. An overview of the numerous questionable aspects of this immensely important event
- Federal Reserve Bank. A history of its formation and ability to control the economy
With many news clips from tragic historical events, audio excerpts from those who believe people are being misled about the level of freedom they have, this riveting documentary will anger those who agree with it as well as those who do not. Zeitgeist is a timely, important work that all free thinking people should see. Warning: This film contains stock photos and video footage of war action and scenes from 9/11 that may not be suitable for all viewers.
RESOURCES: Zeitgeist: The Movie (2007)
Zeitgeist: Addendum (2008)
BASIC PREMISE: Zeitgeist: Addendum (2008)
Zeitgeist Addendum attempts to identify root causes of pervasive social corruption yet also offers a solution not necessarily based on politics, morality, laws, or any other “establishment” notions of human affairs; rather, the suggested solution is based upon a modern, non-superstitious understanding of mankind and its relationship nature and environment on which we are absolutely dependent and of which we’re an integral part. The work advocates a novel, modern social system encompassing present-day knowledge. It was highly influenced by the life long work of Jacque Fresco and The Venus Project.
RESOURCES: Zeitgeist: Addendum (2008)
Zeitgeist: Moving Forward (2011)
BASIC PREMISE: Zeitgeist: Moving Forward (2011)
Zeitgeist: Moving Forward is a feature-length documentary film presenting a convincing case for a needed transition outside the current socioeconomic monetary paradigm which governs the entire world society. The documentary film transcends the issues of cultural relativism and traditional ideology and moves to relate the core, empirical “life ground” attributes of human and social survival, extrapolating those immutable natural laws into a new sustainable social paradigm called a “Resource-Based Economy”.
RESOURCES: Zeitgeist: Moving Forward (2011)