Documentaries About The Economic Crisis

Documentaries Provide Insight About The Current Economic Crisis

If you want a better understanding of the economic crisis, these documentaries provide valuable insights about how America and Americans have gotten so deeply into debt, and how that affects the global economy. The films suggest there are ways you and the nation can improve the situation by changing spending patterns and habits.

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Chasing Madoff

An insightful view about the cause of America's economic woes is revealed as investigator Harry Makopolos' repeated efforts to expose Bernie Madoff's enormous Ponzi scheme go unheeded for decades by authorities, giving Madoff time to operate without censure.

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Unraveled

Marc Drier in 'Unraveled'. Go Digital Media Group
Not as famous as the Bernie Madoff fraud case, but certainly involving huge sums of capital and causing tremedous economic upheaval, the case of Marc Drier is followed by filmmaker Marc Simon, who filed Drier as he was under house arrest, awaiting the judgement that could sentence him to jail for the rest of his life. A fascinating profile of Drier, and a serious consideration about appropriate punishemnt for a serious economic crime.

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Why Poverty? - Documentary Series

Rafea Solar Mama at Barefoot College. Noujaim Films

Commissioned by Steps International, an international nonprofit, this excellent series of eight one-hour documentaries tells personal stories that focus public awareness on the causes and possible solutions for world wide poverty, including circumstances of intolerable economic inequality and problems inherent to the current system of economic aid and trade.

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Capitalism: A Love Story

capitalism a love story. michael moore
Filmmaker Michael Moore's unique take on exposing the ways in which Wall Street moguls and the denizens of Capital Hill have caused the current economic crisis and he visits various economic instutions trying to recover the money lost by Americans due to the actions of corporations and Congress.

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Inside Job

Filmmaker and journalist Charles Ferguson's comprehensive and well researched analysis of the global financial crisis of 2008 -- which, at a cost over $20 trillion, was the worst recession since the Great Dpression and caused millions of people to lose their jobs and homes -- will alarm you. The film focuses on specific events and presents the entire cast of characters -- public servants, government officials, financial service company, bank executives and academincs -- involved in creating the crisis that nearly lead to world wide economic collapse, and had lasting detrimental effects on the middle and working classes around the globe.

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I.O.U.S.A.

Printing Money in I.O.U.S.A. Agora Entertainment
Patrick Creadon's eye-opening documentary uses easy-to-understand pie charts and graphs to illustrate the magnitude of our nation's debt addiction and to show its effect on our current and future economic situations. Buy from Amazon »

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The Best Government Money Can Buy?

A thorough primer about the efficacy of lobbying as practiced in Washington, D.C.

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The End of Poverty?

end of poverty potosi bolivia miner. Cinema Libre
Interviewing scholars and policy makers, filmmaker Phillipe Diaz presents a thoroughly researched treatise on why poverty exists when there is so much wealth in the world. An important primer for all who are trying to understand this phenomenon in the US economy and played out in nations around the globe. Buy from Amazon »

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Lucky

Filmmaker Jeffrey Blitz shows that winning the lottery an make bad changes in winners' lives, as well as good. Along with several individual winner stories, Blitz presents a compact and fascinating history of lottery playing in the US, and shows how it has been used to raise funds for various government agencies and projects. Buy from Amazon »

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Nursery University

Nursery University - Jackson Moon. Variance Films
Feeling pressured to provide the best for their beloved offspring, NYC parents behave like sharks in a feeding frenzy when their children become age-eligible for admission to top nursery schools known as feeder schools for top primary schools known as feeder schools to top high schools known as feeder schools for Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Columbia and the other Ivies known as feeder schools for positions of power around the world. Buy from Amazon »

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The End of America

End of America - Guard Dog. Katahdin Productions/IndiePix
Detailing a ten step blueprint used by Hitler and other dictators to subvert democratic process and crush personal freedoms, The End of America compares events leading to the Third Reich to what's happened in the U.S. during the past eight years. Should be required viewing for all old enough to vote or join the army.

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Who Killed The Electric Car?

'Who Killed the Electric Car?' - DVD cover. Sony Pictures Classics
'Who Killed the Electric Car?' chronicles GM's conspiracy to prevent proliferation of automobiles that ran quietly and efficiently on electricity.

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Revenge of the Electric Car

Chris Paine is back with a sequel to Who Killed The Electric Car?, showing how several automakers are now in a race to develop an affordable electric car and bring it to market, thereby relieving America from dependency on foreign oil and cleaning up the environment.

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Crude

crude. First Run Features
Joe Berlinger's film exposes the extent of the damage caused by the Texaco/Chevron contamination of the Ecuadorian Amazon, dubbed the Amazon Chernobyl, and follows the 27-billion dollar law suit that local people and international environmental and humanitarian groups have brought against Chevron. Berlinger has had to fight his own First Amendments Rights law case to prevent Chevron from using his footage in the law suit ahown in the film.

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Gashole

Filmmakers Scott Roberts and Jeremy Wagener's well-researched documentary investigates the history of gas prices in the U.S., showing how oil companies have taken advantage of natural disasters to consistently raise prices at the gas pumps, and how they've prevented gas-saving technologies to be installed in automobiles.

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The Pipe

The Pipe - At sea, fisherman Pat O'Donnell faces off with Shell's pipe-laying ship. Underground Film Warehouse Studios
Shell Oil acquires rights to a huge untapped cache of natural gas off the coast of County Mayo and plans to move the gas via high pressure by pipe to an inland refinery, but the residents of the town of Rossport deem Shell's plan unacceptable because it would disrupt their way of life, endanger the environment and prevent them from supporting themselves by fishing and farming. Rossport says no and gears up to halt installation of the pipe.

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Water Wars: When Drought, Flood and Greed Collide

Water Wars - Poster Art. Film For Thought/Cinema Libre
Filmmaker Jim Burrough's Water Wars: When Drought, Flood and Greed Collide presents a prescient look into the future of fresh water access and control, which many believe will be the cause for World War III.

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Food, Inc.

Food Inc. Poster Art. Magnolia Pictures
In this alarming expose about food production and distribution in the United States, filmmaker Robert Kenner shows how almost everything we eat is provided by Monsanto, Tyson and a few other huge multinational corporations, and that nutritional quality and concerns are secondary to production cost and corporate profits.

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Dive! Living Off America's Waste

Dive! On DVD. First Run Features
Filmmaker Jeremy Seifert's unique survival strategy is that he feeds his family, including his toddler son, by dumpster diving for food discarded by supermarkets in LA, a practice that's now being adopted by many middle class people who can no longer afford the high price of groceries.

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Bananas*!

Bananas - Poster Art. Oscilloscope Pictures
An intense courtroom documentary chronicling the international law suit brought by Nicaraguan banana plantation workers against the Dole Corporation for its continued spraying of Nemecon, a Dow chemical pesticide that was known to cause infertility in men. Directed by Fredrik Gertten.

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Big Boys Gone Bananas*!

Big Boys Gone Bananas - Fredrik Gertten in Times Square. WG Film

Following the release of Bananas!*, a documentary about the lawsuit that brought by Nicaraguan banana workers against the Dole Corporation for hazardous work conditions, the international fruit company not only tried to keep the film from public view, it also sued Swedish filmmaker Fredrik Gertten, who'd directed the film. This doc chronicles that law suit.

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King Corn

The crop of genetically engineered corn. Balcony Releasing

Two recent Yale graduates return to their home state of Iowa to investigate the effects that the ubiquitous planting of genetically engineered corn--which has become one of America's primary food sources--has on the American economy and environment.

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Art & Copy

Art & Copy poster art. Seventh Art Releasing
"Just do it." "Where's the Beef?" "Got Milk?" These and dozens of other advertising slogans have infiltrated society's psyche. The instantly recognizable sayings are aphorisms of our time. This self congratulatory film conjures images of success, stimulates memories of comfort, triggers ambitions. But is the consumerism it spurs the answer to our economic woes? You decide.

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Queen of the Sun

Queen Of The Sun Poster Art. Collective Eye Films
This indepth study about bees and their importance to Earth's sustainability delves into the history of beekeeping and investigates the causes, implications and impending impact of the colony collapse disorder, which is currently reaching epidemic proportions.

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Orgasm, Inc.

Orgasm, Inc. - The Pill. First Fun Features
Filmmaker Liz Canner’s expose shows how the profit-driven pharmaceutical industry sets about to medicalize and commercialize female sexuality.

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The Business of Being Born

Ricki Lake in The Business of Being Born. Red Envelope Entertainment
Looking into and evaluating the child birthing industry, talk show host turned filmmaker Ricki Lake uses her own and other women's pregnancies to measure the efficiency and humane qualities of different birthing methods -- standard and alternative -- that are offered to women. She also shows how the economics of childbirth influence women's choices and impact society.

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A Small Act

Kids in rural Kenya study hard to vie for scholarships. Considered Entertainment
Chris Mburu, now an esteemed United National human rights activist who lives in Geneva, grew up in rural Kenya, in an impoverished family that couldn't pay for his education. Luckily, a Swedish teacher named Hilde Back decided to donate $15 per month to educate a child in Kenya. Chris Mburu was that child. Mburu, determined to pay forward Back's generosity, created a foundation that covers the costs of educating bright kids who vie for scholarships. Mburu is raising the standard of life in his homeland.

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Which Way Home

Which Way Home Poster Art. HBO Documentaries
Filmmaker Rebecca Cammisa investigates the problems of illegal immigration and child labor by following Latin American kids who are trying to sneak across the Mexican/US border to get to the land of their dreams and begin a better life.

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My Peristroika

Filmmaker Robin Hessman chronicles social and economic changes in Russia by introducing a generation of 30-something Russians who were educated in public schools during the last years of the Soviet regime and are now sending their kids to the schools they attended -- but life for both the parents and their children is very different during the era of Perestroika.

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Manda Bala (Send A Bullet)

Manda Bala on DVD. City Lights Pictures

The violent class struggle between the very rich and completely impoverished citizens of contemporary Brazil has created an environment where kidnappings for ransom are so frequent that cottage industries--cadres of security guards and gadgets and plastic surgeons whose primary practice is restoration of ears that have been severed from kidnap victims--have sprung up around them. This sort of situation is springing up around the world. Buy from Amazon »

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Garbage Dreams

Cairo, a city with 18-million residents, has traditionally relied on 'Zaballeen,' or garbage people, to clean up their trash, earning their meager livings by recycling waste. Filmmaker Mai Iskander follows three teenage boys 'Zaballeen' who work in the garbage trade, dream of finding their way to a better career, but find their work situation challenged by corporate garbage collectors paid by the government.

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Up The Yangtze

A family home is flooded when hydroelectric dams are built on the Yangtze River. Yung Chang

Building the Three Gorges Dam across the Yangtze River will displace two million Chinese citizens from their homes, forcing them to leave their rural and agrarian lifestyle and adopt that of low wage workers in crowded cities. The dam is causing environmental and economic changes that affect not only China, but the rest of the world, as well.

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Young and Restless in China

Filmmaker Sue Williams follows nine Chinese Gen X-ers, tracking their struggles to achieve their personal goals as their country's rapidly changing political, social and economic climate presents unprecedented opportunities. They are the beneficiaries of the new 'Chinamerica,' the economic union of America and China, in which China holds the largest percentage of America's national debt.