Finding the Money


Alice Gill-Sheldon Theatre Sat, May 25 3:30 PM
Alice Gill-Sheldon Theatre Sun, May 26 6:30 PM
Alice Gill-Sheldon Theatre Mon, May 27 6:30 PM
Alice Gill-Sheldon Theatre Tue, May 28 3:30 PM
Alice Gill-Sheldon Theatre Wed, May 29 3:30 PM
Alice Gill-Sheldon Theatre Thu, May 30 6:30 PM
Film Info
Event Type:Documentary Feature
Release Year:2023
Run Time:95 minutes
Production Country:United States
Original Language:English
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Maren Poitras


There’s another side to the national debt.

An intrepid group of economists is on a mission to instigate a paradigm shift by flipping our understanding of the national debt — and the nature of money — upside down.

“Finding the Money” follows American economist Stephanie Kelton on a journey through Modern Money Theory or “MMT”. Kelton provocatively asserts the National Debt Clock that ticks ominously upwards in New York City is not actually a debt for us taxpayers at all, nor a burden for our grandchildren to pay back. Instead, Kelton describes the national debt as simply a historical record of the number of dollars created by the US federal government currently being held in pockets, as assets, by the rest of us.

MMT bursts into the mainstream media, with journalists asking, “Have we been thinking about how the government spends money, all wrong?”

But top economists and politicians from across the political spectrum condemn the theory as “voodoo economics”, “crazy” and “a crackpot theory”.

“Finding the Money” traces the conflict all the way back to the story we tell about money, injecting new hope and empowering countries around the world to tackle the biggest challenges of the 21st century: from climate change to inequality.