THE SHOCK DOCTRINE
The shock doctrine began in the theories of Milton Friedman at the
University of Chicago, and it’s been implemented over the past forty
years, in countries and situation as disparate as Pinochet’s Chile,
Thatcher’s Britain and the neo-con invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq.
The archive material is inter-cut with new footage following Naomi
Klein interviewing key figures such as Janine Huard, a victim of Ewen
Cameron’s mental health experiments, the results of which formed
the basis of the CIA’s torture manuals.
“This desire for godlike powers of creation is precisely why free-market
ideologues are so drawn to crises and disasters. Non-apocalyptic reality
is simply not hospitable to their ambitions. For thirtyfive years, what
has animated Friedman’s counter-revolution is an attraction to a kind
of freedom available only in times of cataclysmic change – when
people, with their insistent demands, are blasted out of the way –
moments when democracy seems a practical impossibility.”
THE SHOCK DOCTRINE
Michael Winterbottom (Blackburn, United Kingdom, 1961) studied film at Bristol and London. His first feature was Butterfly Kiss, selected for Competition at Berlin Film Festival in 1995, followed by Jude in 1996. In This World won the Golden Bear at the Berlinale in 2003 and in 2007 he directed A Mighty Heart. He is actually working on Seven Days, which will be filmed over five years.
Butterfly Kiss (id., 1994), Jude (id., 1996), Welcome to Sarajevo (id., 1997),
Wonderland (1999), 24 Hour Party People (id., 2002), In This World (Cose
di questo mondo, 2002), A Mighty Heart (Un cuore grande, 2007), Genova (id., 2008).
The Road to Guantanamo (id., 2006),
The Shock Doctrine (doc., 2009).
Mat Whitecross (Oxford, United Kingdom, 1977) codirected with Winterbottom The Road to Guantanamo, awarded with the Silver Bear at the Berlinale in 2006. He has
directed music videos for Coldplay, Jay-Z and The Magic Numbers and he’s due
to shoot a biopic of the singer Ian Dury, followed by a documentary for Coldplay.
The Road to Guantanamo (id., 2006), The Shock Doctrine (doc., 2009).
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based on the book of the
same title by Naomi Klein
Ronald Plante, Rich Ball
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