Tag Archives | Documentaries

What Is Money, How Is It Created, And What Are The Consequences?

USCurrency_Federal_ReserveWhen money drives almost all activity on the planet, it's essential that we understand it. Yet simple questions often get overlooked, questions like: Where does money come from? Who creates it? Who decides how it gets used? And what does this mean for the millions of ordinary people who suffer when the monetary, and financial system, breaks down? We have yet to see an election fought on these grounds and as political philosopher John Gray, commented, “We’re not moving to a world in which crises will never happen or will happen less and less. We are in a world in which they happen several times during a given human lifetime and I think that will continue to be the case” People are waking up to this fact: the Occupy movement and the European indignados have erupted as a response to the current status quo. The media and ‘myth makers’, however, have found it much to easy to pigeonhole these movements into a “spiritual malaise” that provides no meaning or direction for our modern world. This is the response expected from a dominant neo-conservative economical world. This ever-adaptive financial system has been as such for centuries and those who can control it see no reason to steer a course elsewhere. Indeed the economics of emancipation can impart to us an interesting insight to the cyclical and prevailing nature of this economic paradigm...
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Mayans and Extra-Terrestrials

Stone Head in Guatemala offered as proof of alien contact by filmmakers.

Stone Head in Guatemala offered as proof of alien contact by filmmakers.

Having produced a documentary about the Maya and their famous calendars, as well as published a related book, I feel I know the topic reasonably well. We certainly covered a massive range of theories and ideas. One area we didn’t cover in our film, however, were speculative links between the Maya and alien races. Our general feeling was that the Maya were being accused of needing alien help to achieve their incredible feats of architecture and astronomy solely because, the theory goes, an indigenous people could not have developed these skills and knowledge alone.

Not everyone agrees with us: a new doc going into production claims to reveal the missing extraterrestrial link that makes sense of the Mayan mysteries and recommends that we move to outer space, just like the Maya (oh, so that’s what happened…). Steve Pond reports for The Wrap:

Mayan writings do not predict the end of the world when the calendar cycle ends in December.

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President Obama’s Propaganda Video

Academy Award®-winning director Davis Guggenheim (An Inconvenient Truth) has created a documentary short film for President Obama, entitled "The Road We've Traveled." It's really a masterful piece of propaganda, but is it dignified for a sitting president to commission something like this?
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‘We Are Legion’ Explains Anonymous

"Anonymous kind of was like the strong, buff kid who had low self esteem and then all of a sudden punched somebody in the face and was like, 'Holy Shit, I'm really strong!'" This was just one great quote from We Are Legion: The Story of the Hacktivists, which premiered last night at Austin's South By South West festival in a jammed Vimeo Theater. Brian Knappenberger's documentary is a revealing look at the culture of 4Chan and Anonymous, showing the world just how much power this loose but large group really has. In addition to Knappenberger, Internet activist and sometime Anon Gregg Housh led a fascinating Q&A session following the movie, demonstrating how the filmmakers have been able to gain the trust of, and therefore access to, many of the individuals who "are" Anonymous. This movie is going to be huge and I'm hoping to see it released generally soon. Until then, here's the trailer:
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Ellen Page On The Vanishing Of The Bees

The documentary film Vanishing of the Bees, narrated by Ellen Page, takes a piercing investigative look at the economic, political and ecological implications of the worldwide disappearance of the honeybee. Directors George Langworthy and Maryam Henein present not just a story about the mysterious phenomenon known as Colony Collapse Disorder, but a platform of solutions, encouraging audiences to be the change they want to see in the world. In the video below, Ellen talks about the film:
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The Economics Of Happiness (Video)

I recently had a chance to attend a showing of the documentary The Economics of Happiness. It has a very strong message about the fiscal and social problems of globalization, especially its impact beyond the western world. As a solution, the film suggests a movement towards focusing on communities and localization. Here's the trailer and a plot synopsis:
Economic globalization has led to a massive expansion in the scale and power of big business and banking. It has also worsened nearly every problem we face: fundamentalism and ethnic conflict; climate chaos and species extinction; financial instability and unemployment. There are personal costs too. For the majority of people on the planet, life is becoming increasingly stressful. We have less time for friends and family and we face mounting pressures at work.
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Ellen Page Talks Vanishing Bees With Bill Maher (Video)

At last month's SXSW film festival in Austin one of the highlights was Ellen Page's superb performance in the new comics superhero indie movie Super. Not stopping for a moment to bask in the stellar reviews, Page is now promoting the documentary Vanishing of the Bees and went on Bill Maher's HBO show last week to alert people to the serious problems that Colony Collapse Disorder creates for our food supply:
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