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The Corporate Coup d'État

Director - Fred Peabody
Producer - Peter Raymont
Run Time - 90 minutes
Language - English
Format - DCP & Blu ray
Year - 2018
Genre - Documentary

Educational Interests- American Studies, Business, Cultural Studies, Economics, Globalization, History (U.S.), Labor Studies, New Releases, Political Science

Institutional DVD Price: $295

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A democracy should protect its citizens, especially the most vulnerable among them, but the United States is increasingly failing to do so. This investigative documentary blends the insights of journalists and policy experts with the experiences of citizens of the Rust Belt, where the steel industry once flourished, but where closures and outsourcing have left it desolate and hopeless: a crisis exacerbated by income inequality and squabbling politicians. It is here that Donald Trump finds some of his most fervent supporters.

Some believe the crisis predates Trump's election by many years: Trump is a symptom, not the disease. They say that decades ago, U.S. democracy began selling its soul to big corporations, whose lobbyists and favored politicians took control in Washington, gradually undermining the will of the people. Naomi Klein recently described Trump's administration as a 'corporate coup d'État', but Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Chris Hedges and philosopher John Ralston Saul, among others, argue that the real coup started long before.

Threaded through the film are the stories of the ultimate victims: the working class and poor people in 'sacrifice zones' like Camden, New Jersey and Youngstown, Ohio. Many of them voted for Obama in 2008 and 2012, but in 2016 - feeling abandoned by the elites of both parties - they cast their ballot for the man who promised to "drain the swamp."

Featuring journalists including Chris Hedges, Phillip Martin, Sarah Jaffe, Matt Taibbi and Lee Fang, and thinkers John Ralston Saul and Cornel West, The Corporate Coup d'État is directed by Fred Peabody and produced by Peter Raymont, the team behind All Governments Lie: Truth, Deception, and the Spirit of I.F. Stone.

"Powerful...a horror film of the most realistic kind. Fred Peabody's documentary examines the ways in which corporate interests increasingly control society. The title announces what the viewer is in for: taken from a 1995 lecture by Canadian philosopher John Ralston Saul, it refers to the ever-growing control of our democratic institutions by companies looking out solely for their own interests. Saul had described it as happening in 'slow motion,' but as the film vividly illustrates, the phenomenon has increased rapidly in the age of Trump. The film certainly doesn't pull its punches. " - THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

"The Corporate Coup d'État isn't a horror doc, but it methodically builds a sense of impending doom...zeroing in on people damaged by what is, in effect, an oligarchy." - POV MAGAZINE

"Fred Peabody's film persuasively shows how capitalist interests have been actively subverting the levers of democracy for a long time."- NOW TORONTO

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