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The Shock Doctrine

Rated NR 84 minutes 2007

Naomi Klein adapts her best-selling book, which argues that followers of free-market guru Milton Friedman have exploited various political crises and natural disasters around the world to install capitalist regimes and privatize public assets and services. Klein begins with the CIA's cold-war use of electroshock to brainwash subjects, a simplistic but undeniably powerful metaphor for the erasure of public ownership in times of social chaos. Her historical survey begins with the 1973 military coup in Chile (whose economic restructuring was mapped out by economists from Friedman's Chicago School) and continues with epic money grabs in Great Britain (Margaret Thatcher's privatizing of utilities after the Falklands war), Russia (Boris Yeltsin's creation of a new oligarchy as the Soviet Union dissolved), and the U.S. (the boom in private security contracts after 9/11, both at home and in Iraq). Michael Winterbottom and Mat Whitecross directed.

Film Credits

Director: Alfonso Cuarón, Jonás Cuarón and Naomi Klein

Writer: Naomi Klein and Alfonso Cuarón

Producer: Alex Cooke, Alfonso Cuarón, Alan Hayling and Naomi Klein

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