The Corporate Coup d'Etat


Landmark’s E Street Cinema Theater 3 Fri, Apr 26, 2019 6:15 PM
Landmark’s E Street Cinema Theater 3 Sat, Apr 27, 2019 8:30 PM
Film Info
Release Year:2018
Genre:Justice Matters
Production Country:Canada/USA
Original Language:English
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Fred Peabody


In 1995, philosopher John Ralston Saul argued that corporations were slowly taking over democracy. Today, Saul amends that statement, deleting the word “slowly.” The coup has occurred: U.S. democracy has sold out its ideals to corporations and lobbyists whose goal it is to undermine the will of the people. From the makers of All Governments Lie: Truth, Deception, and the Spirit of I.F. Stone (FFDC 2017), this trenchant film takes us into “sacrifice zones” like Camden, New Jersey, and Youngstown, Ohio, to really listen to the people forgotten by corporatized infrastructure and NAFTA. forgot. It blends their insights with those of philosophers, writers, and journalists, from the passionate investigator Chris Hedges to the poetic historian Cornell West, to lay out a compelling case history dating to the early postwar years and continuing (not ending) with Donald Trump in the White House.—Judy Bloch