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Power Trip

Paul Devlin's 2003 feature documents the sundry problems encountered by the U.S.-based AES Corporation, the largest power supplier in the world, after it acquired the electricity infrastructure of the former Soviet republic of Georgia. It's an unlikely topic, but the struggle between AES and the impoverished people of Tbilisi, Georgia's capital, provides an alternately sober and comic metaphor for the arduous transition from communism to free enterprise. Devlin focuses on Piers Lewis, an energetic project director for AES who wants to clamp down on the widespread theft of electricity, though the film also shows how AES is willing to narrow its profit margin in order to quell the chaos. In English and Georgian with subtitles. 86 min.

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