For your alternative festive viewing pleasure:
The Yes Men Fix The World is a screwball true story about two culture jamming gonzo political activists who, posing as top executives of giant corporations, lie their way into big business conferences to highlight the injustice of the modern political landscape.
Life & Debt examines the impact of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank on the Jamaican economy. Loans to the country from these institutions came with special terms, including lifting restrictions on trade, deregulation and privatisation. Instead of improving the social and economic situation in Jamaica, production moved overseas leading to increased unemployment and reduced infrastructure. In the name of globalisation and free trade we witness the destruction that came with these unsuccessful reforms. Click on the image below, then click ‘continue to file’ to watch the full movie:
N.B. If the link doesn’t work try here. Or you can rent the movie from iTunes or Google Play for a few pounds.
Seeing as we are on the topic of documentaries, here is another of my favourites:
An unusual study of human behaviour. An old mother and her middle-aged daughter, the aunt and cousin of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, live their eccentric lives in a filthy, decaying mansion in East Hampton.
“No sooner than you walk out of the institution, you are actually only equipped to remain in it. And when you are alone, what was once a very bright mind, can actually become your enemy.”
Michael ‘Mini’ Cooper
Really interesting documentary about an 11-year-old serial arsonist Michael ‘Mini’ Cooper. Shot in 1975, it lets us into Mini’s world and the consequences of choices that were made for him by the authorities.
The film is followed up with an interview with Cooper as he is now, and the film’s director Franc Roddam.