A lot of jewels have come out of the Sundance Film Festival, and one of them is a documentary from directors Michael Winterbottom and Mat Whitecross. This year, Winterbottom’s name has become synonymous with the controversy surrounding his feature film, The Killer Inside Me, but we’re talking about his other film, The Shock Doctrine. Its release date has just been announced so for those of you who weren’t lucky enough to see it at the festival, here’s your chance…
The Shock Doctrine takes the central idea of Naomi Klein’s bestselling book of the same name. Both the film and the book argue that governments of the world over exploit natural disasters, economic crises and wars with the very aim of pushing through radical free market policies. Naomi Klein calls this “disaster capitalism.”
Political leaders have turned to brutality and repression in order to crush protests against their own agendas of privatization, deregulation and tax cuts. The consequence is often catastrophic for ordinary people and hugely beneficial to big corporations. It’s a gripping and incisive deconstruction of how America’s “free market” policies have come to dominate the world: through the exploitation of disaster-shocked people and countries.
The film will be available starting January 28th after its Sundance premiere On Demand with BrightHouse, Cablevision, Charter, Comcast, Cox, DIRECTV, and Time Warner Cable.
Are you interested in seeing The Shock Doctrine?