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The Corporate Coup d'État
A documentary by Fred Peabody

90 minutes, color, 2018

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Synopsis

This investigative documentary exposes how corporations and billionaires have taken control of the American political process, and in doing so have brought economic hardship and ruin to vast swaths of the country. The film combines insights from political thinkers and journalists with the experiences of citizens in the "sacrifice zones" of Camden, NJ and Youngstown, OH, where factory closures and outsourcing have created a grim landscape of desolation and human suffering.

Provocative and revealing, The Corporate Coup d'État shows how our democracy first began selling its soul to big corporations, which opened the door for lobbyists and business-friendly politicians to take control in Washington and undermine the will of the people. Featuring journalists Chris Hedges, Phillip Martin, Sarah Jaffe, Matt Taibbi and Lee Fang, and thinkers John Ralston Saul, Maude Barlow and Cornel West, The Corporate Coup d'État was made by the team behind All Governments Lie: Truth, Deception, and the Spirit of I.F. Stone.


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Reviews

"An insightful, philosophical, and highly critical work that lets no one off the hook and paints capitalism as the biggest roadblock to a true democracy. It outlines in great detail the ways that American leaders have made democracy something that works almost exclusively for corporations, landowners, and the financially powerful and influential." - The Gate

"Powerful...a horror film of the most realistic kind, examining the ways in which corporate interests increasingly control society. The film certainly doesn't pull its punches."- The Hollywood Reporter

"The explicit message of the film, presented with a necessary blue-in-the-face urgency, is that Donald Trump isn't an aberration, but the continuation and inevitable result of a political system overcome by total corporate capture." - The Georgia Straight


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