By Humphrey Carter

TWO of most influential and controversial film makers of the past decade have recently released their latest productions and they are both going to be screening in English at the Renoir complex in Palma.

Michael Moore, who hit the headlines for Fahrenheit 9/11, his is an award-winning and controversial 2004 documentary film which takes a critical look at the presidency of George W. Bush, the War on Terrorism, and its coverage in the news media. The film holds the record for highest box office receipts by a general release political film. It is, to date, the highest grossing documentary of all time but Capitalism: A Love Story, could beat that.

People either love or hate Moore, on one of the few times President Bush ever spoke to him he famously told Moore “to get a proper job”. I watched Fahrenheit for the fourth time only the other night and it never ceases to raise new issues and angles and Capitalism: A Love Story is certainly going to be as equally revealing and thought provoking.

The documentary centres on the financial crisis of 2007–2009 and the recovery stimulus, while putting forward an indictment of the current economic order in the United States and capitalism in general. Topics covered include Wall Street's “casino mentality”, for-profit prisons, Goldman Sachs' influence in Washington, DC, the poverty-level of many airline pilots, the large wave of home foreclosures, and the consequences of “runaway greed”. The film also features a religious component where Moore examines whether or not capitalism is a sin and if Jesus would be a capitalist. Food for thought indeed.


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