The Corporate Coup D'État


Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema Mon, Apr 29, 2019 9:30 PM
Isabel Bader Theatre Tue, Apr 30, 2019 10:00 AM
Hart House Theatre Fri, May 3, 2019 12:00 PM
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Film Info
Country Listing:Canada
Premiere Status:Canadian Premiere
Festival Info
Festival Year:2019
Program Category:Special Presentations
Film Subjects:America
Capitalism & Big Business
Politics & Political Intrigue
Cast/Crew Info
Director(s):Fred Peabody
Producer(s):Peter Raymont
Executive Producer(s):Jeff Cohen
Hans Robert Eisenhauer
Fred Peabody
Peter Raymont
Steve Ord
Editor(s):James Yates
Cinematography:John Westheuser
Composer:Michelle Osis
Sound:Ben Chesneau
Johnathan Fuhrer


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If you think Amazon and Apple are controlling your life, you may sadly be right. Canadian philosopher John Ralston Saul coined the term "corporate coup d'état" in his 1995 CBC Massey Lecture The Unconscious Civilization. Applied to the United States, his theory has gained credence over the last two decades and four presidencies, especially given the sense of dread inspired by the current commander-in-chief.. In the words of Pulitzer-winning journalist Chris Hedges, "Donald Trump is not an anomaly. He is the grotesque visage of a collapsed democracy"—and the creeping takeover that began 45 years ago is now complete. As the income gap widens and corporations gain increasing control over public policy, director Fred Peabody challenges the media, government and citizens to wake up and take action before the coup d'état erases the individual rights our democracy defends. Alexander Rogalski

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