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The Shock Doctrine

The Shock Doctrine

Michael Winterbottom / Mat Whitecross

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Festival year: 2010

The documentary 'The Shock Doctrine' is adapted from the manifesto by Canadian journalist and activist Naomi Klein (well-known from No Logo). Klein argues that the rise of capitalism in various countries can always be traced back to a disaster, revolution or war, much like the shock therapy that psychiatric patients had to undergo in the 1960s. Michael Winterbottom and Mat Whitecross, who also directed 'The Road to Guantánamo', turned Klein’s controversial book, which provides an alarming and alternative vision of historic events such as the Pinochet putsch and the fall of Soviet Union, into a film. Klein argues that the free market economy, one of the United States’ main export products, has never been introduced on a voluntary basis in countries like Russia, Poland, Chile, South Africa and the Middle East, but always followed a disaster, whether or not political in nature. As a doctor administering in this economic shock therapy, she designates economist Milton Friedman as the main culprit. Through a reconstruction full of archive images and interviews with protagonists at the time, Winterbottom and Whitecross show that every time capitalism was introduced a small group of people achieved great wealth, whereas the masses were left increasingly impoverished.

Credits

United Kingdom 2009, 79 min.

Documentary,

Spoken language: English

Subtitles: Dutch

Productions:

Revolution Films

email@revolution-films.com

+44 (0) 20 7566 0700

www.revolution-films.com

Dutch distribution:

Paradiso Filmed Entertainment

info@paradisofilms.nl

+31 206159222

www.paradisofilms.eu

World sales:

E1 Entertainment International

protz@e1ent.com

+1 4166462400

www.entonegroup.com

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  • Friday, March 26, 2010 - 17:00

    Filmhuis Den Haag zaal 1

  • Monday, March 29, 2010 - 17:45

    Filmhuis Den Haag zaal 4

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