[act-ma] Thursday 1/21: "Let's Make Money" - Free UPandOUT film screening
pfsoto at mynas.com
Sun Jan 3 13:26:33 PST 2016
"/These capitalists generally act harmoniously and in concert, to fleece
the people/." ~Abraham Lincoln
*<http://rule19.org/films-2016/160121-LetsMakeMoney.pdf>**Let's Make Money**
[see trailer <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aRQ2mJdg4no>]
Showing Thursday, Dec17, in Cambridge
[please download & distribute flyer
Most of us don't know where our money is. One thing is for certain, it's
is not in the bank we entrusted it to.
More than ever before, it has become clear that the markets affect us
all. Produced by Erwin Wagenhofer ("/We Feed the World/") /*/*LET'S MAKE
MONEY*/,*/ is an incredible odyssey that tracks our money through the
worldwide finance system. It exposes the seamy underside of investment
where the gain of the rich comes at the expense of everyone else; it
graphically shows the human cost of high finance for its many victims
around the globe.
"/In settings ranging from India to Austria, from Burkina Faso to
Washington, D.C., the legacies of decades of relaxed credit,
deregulation of markets, and privatization of public facilities are
illustrated by concrete examples so bizarre, outsized, and chilling that
you'd expect to find them in a science-fiction movie rather than a
documentary. The testimonies of economic theorists, proponents of
offshore tax havens, and even one 'economic hit man' combine to create a
portrait of high stakes and shortsightedness, with war, mass migration,
and ecological disaster as only a few of the downsides./" ~Sundance Film
The film starts at the Ahafo mine in Ghana, West Africa, where vast
areas are being blasted open. Gold is extracted from the rock in a
tedious process, then smelted and flown directly to Switzerland. The
spoils are divided up proportionally: 3% for Africa, 97% for the West.
The mine was opened with the assistance of the World Bank.
"/The best time to buy is when there is blood on the streets./" ~Dr.
"/It's estimated that currently 11.5 trillion dollars of private wealth
is held offshore, managed from offshore, and avoids tax from offshore./"
"/An in-depth examination of the global economic and financial system in
the age of neo-liberalism. Beautifully filmed...Wagenhofer seeks to
illuminate the global economy for those of us who are kept in the dark;
and yet suffer the consequences...Shown are the efforts of investors to
make money, and with no consideration of ethics, much less the impact on
human lives...An excellent film that will get audiences to raise many
provocative questions. It's clear that we must join together to change
this system...It deserves wide distribution./"
~Dr. Kim Scipes, Department of Sociology, Purdue University North Central
"/Let's Make Money is a dramatic and visual feast depicting the high
flyers of global finance that fueled the economic meltdown juxtaposed
powerfully with those around the planet who pay the price--the world's
poor and struggling middle classes. The film follows the money--our
money--as it travels through the global casino of financial markets and
reckless speculation. Essential viewing for anyone who wants to
understand the roots of the global financial crisis./"
~Chuck Collins, Senior Scholar, Institute for Policy Studies, co-Author,
The Moral Measure of the Economy
"/The film presents, quite literally, a factory floor peek into thought
processes of executives for growth, emerging markets, and
efficiency....Outstanding content...A resounding enterprise. Highly
~Michael Coffta, Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania, Educational
Media Reviews Online
"/It is a film of overwhelming power. It resembles an art film such as
Koyaanisqatsi, Godfrey Reggio's haunting, wordless indictment of the
frenzy of modern life/".
~Christopher Caldwell, Financial Times
"/A disturbing exploration of the 'new' global capitalism...This
economic horror film is both shocking and revelatory. Highly recommended."/
"/How does money grow? This is the main question Erwin Wagenhofer tries
to answer with this movie...This documentary is must-see for everybody
willing to be responsible for his actions. It simply opens our eyes./"
~J. Epstein, The Incomplete News Project
"/Through simple, educative words and pictures of overwhelming intensity
it explains how the tax haven of Jersey works, why there are 600,000 new
houses in Spain not meant for anyone to live in and other details of the
worldwide market that have led to our present financial crisis./"
~Andrea Dittgen, Sight and Sound
"/Dissects the philosophies and practices of the neo-liberal system to
lay out the direct causes and contributing factors of the ravenous
consumption that has led to global economic collapse. What might have
seemed merely informative a year ago now takes on the character and
significance of an autopsy report. A remarkable degree of access to
central players in international finance, economic theory, and
government policy...makes for many fascinating insights, particularly in
light of the recent seismic shifts in the global economy. Lucid and
cogent, with an important environmental undercurrent that runs
throughout the film, *Let's Make Money* serves as a kind of time capsule
for a failed economic model./"
~HotDocs Festival Program
"/[A] probing, penetrating and deeply critical look at the economic
foundations of neo-liberalism./"
"/The most impressive cinematic work on the issue...crucial, devastating
and inspired by rare intelligence in this era of political
propaganda,*Let's Make Money *is a must-see./"
Some of the characters you'll meet:
* *Mark Mobius*, president of Templeton Emerging Markets, manages
funds with a volume of about 12 billion dollars. He invests in
"/I don't think the investor should be responsible for the ethics,
the pollution or anything the company in which he has invested
produces. That's not his job. His job is to invest and' ' ' earn
money for his clients./"
* *Mirko Kovats* is an investor and among the 15 richest Austrians. In
the film he inspects an Indian firm.
* *Terry Le Sueur* is the finance minister of Jersey and explains the
development of the island from agriculture and tourism to
international financial center and tax haven.
* *Hermann Scheer*, winner of the alternative Nobel Prize and a member
of German Parliament:
/"In the end it's always the so-called man or woman on the street
who's left paying the bills/."
* *John Perkins* ("Economic Hitman)" describes US politics in
developing countries based on economic interests.
/"Deprive a capitalist of his God-given right to lie and cheat and
steal, and the poor sap stands a better than even chance of becoming one
of the abominable wards of the state/" ~Lewis H. Lapham
doors open 6:40; film starts promptly 7pm
243 Broadway, Cambridge - corner of Broadway and Windsor,
entrance on Windsor
Please join us for a stimulating night out; bring your friends!
*free film & free door prizes
****[donations are encouraged]
*feel free to bring your own snacks and soft drinks - no alcohol allowed
"/You can't legislate good will - that comes through education/." ~
*UPandOUT film series* - see rule19.org/videos <http://rule19.org/videos>
Why should YOU care? It's YOUR money that pays for US/Israeli wars - on
Iraq, Afghanistan, Iran, Palestine, Libya. Syria, Iran, So America, etc
etc - for billionaire bailouts, for ever more ubiquitous US prisons, for
the loss of liberty and civil rights...
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