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Capitalism: A love story

Capitalism: A Love Story examines the impact of corporate dominance on the everyday lives of Americans (and by default, the rest of the world). The film moves from Middle America, to the halls of power in Washington, to the global financial epicentre in Manhattan. With both humor and outrage, the film explores the question: What is the price that America pays for its love of capitalism? Families pay the price with their jobs, their homes and their savings.

Moore goes into the homes of ordinary people whose lives have been turned upside down; and he goes looking for explanations in Washington, DC and elsewhere. What he finds are the all-too-familiar symptoms of a love affair gone astray: lies, abuse, betrayal…and 14,000 jobs being lost every day. Capitalism: A Love Story also presents what a more hopeful future could look like. Who are we and why do we behave the way that we do?

 We’re screening Capitalism Tuesday May 1st at 5pm as part of our Language of Protest day, book your free tickets here. Why not stick around after the screening for a live acoustic set of blues and folk protest songs! 

Reviews for Capitalism:

Michael Moore’s latest documentary drew tumultuous applause at the Venice Film Festival today, suggesting that the veteran tub-thumper has lost none of his power to whip up a response. If the film finally lacks the clean, hard punch provided by the record-breaking Fahrenheit 9/11, that can only be because the crime scene is so vast and the culprits so numerous.The Guardian 

 

If Capitalism: A Love Story helps advance the notion that the financial industry must be regulated in order to be effective, that wealth should indeed be spread around, and that people must come before profits, then it’s part of the (long, slow, inevitably imperfect) solution. But if all it does is allow liberals and the disenfranchised to tell themselves that everything would be better if only all those rich white guys weren’t running things, then it’s just another Hollywood escape from reality.Vanity Fair

 

On the 20-year anniversary of his groundbreaking masterpiece “Roger & Me,” Michael Moore’s “Capitalism: A Love Story” comes home to the issue he’s been examining throughout his career: the disastrous impact of corporate dominance on the everyday lives of Americans. But this time the culprit is much bigger than General Motors, and the crime scene is far wider than Flint, Michigan.Michael Moore.com

 

“Capitalism: A Love Story,” Michael Moore’s eighth movie, hews to his signature torches-and-pitchforks style that combines personal essay, damning clip-jobs, creative collage and satirical provocation, this time to examine last year’s economic meltdown and subsequent government bailout.Washington Post

 

 

Biography

Michael Moore was born in Flint, Michigan April 23, 1954, but was not raised there. Contrary to popular belief, he was actually raised in Davison, Michigan. He studied journalism at the University of Michigan-Flint, and also pursued other hobbies such as gun shooting, for which he even won a competition. Michael began his journalistic career writing for the school newspaper “The Michigan Times,” and after dropping out of college briefly worked as editor for “Mother Jones.”He then turned to filmmaking, and to earn the money for the budget of his first film Roger and Me (1989) he ran neighborhood bingo games. The success of this film launched his career as one of America’s best-known and most controversial documentarians. He has produced a string of documentary films and TV series predominantly about the same subject: attacks on corrupt politicians and greedy business corporations. He landed his first big hit with Bowling for Columbine  (2002) about the bad points of the right to bear arms in America, which earned him an Oscar and a big reputation. He then shook the world with his even bigger hit Farenheit 9/11(2004), making fun of President George W.Bush This is the highest-grossing documentary of all time. Michael is known for having the guts to give his opinion in public, which not many people are courageous enough to do, and for that is respected by many.