Canada / 2018 / 90 minutes / Documentary Feature
Director: Fred Peabody
Producer: Peter Raymont
Featuring: Chris Hedges, John Ralston Saul, Cornel West, Sarah Jaffe, Lee Fang, Maude Barlow, Phillip Martin
Official Selection, International Documentary Festival Amsterdam
“Frightening … compelling.” – Global Comment
Donald Trump and right-wing populist movements around the world are the logical result of a creeping, corporate coup d’état that has taken over established political parties, both “liberal” and “conservative”. This investigative and persuasive documentary tells the story of how the coup happened and shows its disastrous effects on society’s most vulnerable citizens. The corporate coup d’état has been devastating for people in “sacrifice zones” like the U.S. Rust Belt and Camden, New Jersey, where the film captures heart-breaking stories of citizens suffering from the effects of corporatist, globalist, and neo-liberal ideologies and policies. Journalist Naomi Klein recently described Donald Trump’s administration as a “corporate coup d’état”. In this film by White Pine Pictures and Ventana-Film, Pulitzer-Prize winning journalist Chris Hedges and philosopher John Ralston Saul argue that the real coup took place long before. Producer Peter Raymont will attend the festival and participate in an audience Q and A following the screening.