Fascism Inc. (2014)

Fascism Inc is a crowdfunded documentary on the rise of neo-fascism in Greece and Europe and the role of the economic elites.

This time we will present to you unknown short stories from the past, the present and the future of fascism and its relation to the economic interests of each era. We will travel from Mussolini’s Italy to Greece under the Nazi occupation, the civil war and the dictatorship; and from Hitler’s Germany to the modern European and Greek fascism.

The new documentary follows in the footsteps of Debtocracy and Catastroika, which described the causes of the debt crisis, the impact of the austerity measures, the erosion of democracy and the sell-out of the country’s assets.

Več na: http://infowarproductions.com/fasismosae/

Money & Life (2013)

MONEY & LIFE is a passionate and inspirational essay-style documentary that that asks a provocative question: can we see the economic crisis not as a disaster, but as a tremendous opportunity?  This cinematic odyssey connects the dots on our current economic pains and offers a new story of money based on an emerging paradigm of planetary well-being that understands all of life as profoundly interconnected.

This cinematic odyssey takes us on a journey, from the origins of money to connecting the systemic dots on the current global financial crisis and how we got here. Most importantly, MONEY & LIFE says that we owe it to ourselves to understand the fundamentals of this technology called money in order to be effective participants in the economic transformation that is happening around us, a shift more rapid and as profound as the Industrial Revolution.

The film is a tapestry of beautifully shot expert interviews woven with compelling vignettes of individuals and businesses consciously transforming their relationship with money.  Together with dynamic animation, an original music score and an elegant voice of narration, the film tells a new story of money, but more broadly it tells a new story of humanity.  MONEY & LIFE aspires to be a part of bringing a new consciousness to our understanding and practices in the world of money, bringing a touch of humor and a lot of heart to a matter that concerns us all.

An optimistic film steeped in appreciation for human ingenuity, MONEY & LIFE does not dictate answers. It is a respectful invitation to consider questions critical to all our well-being: How can we move beyond being merely consumers, debtors and creditors, and put money in service to what we really care about as citizens, as human beings? Can we design a monetary circulation system that fosters democratic equality? What responsibilities should a corporate charter convey? What does it really mean to make a living? The film itself demonstrates how to approach these questions with both clarity and compassion.  MONEY & LIFE empowers each of us to respond to the fundamental issues of our time and participate in the emerging new economy.

Vir: http://moneyandlifemovie.com/

The Brussels Business (2012)

In Brüssel sind rund 2.500 Lobby-Organisationen angesiedelt und bilden die zweitgrößte Lobby-Industrie der Welt; nur die in Washington DC ist größer. Rund 15.000 Lobbyisten scheuen weder Kosten noch Mühen, um die Kommission und die Parlamentarier intensiv über die Bedürfnisse der Interessenverbände zu informieren. Rund 80 Prozent der gesamten Gesetzgebung, die direkten Einfluss auf den Alltag der Europäischen Bürger hat, wird hier initiiert.

“Die EU-Gesetzgebung ist kompliziert, sie durchläuft viele Stufen”, erklärt Olivier Hoedeman, Gründer von Corporate Europe Observatory. “Alles beginnt mit der Europäischen Kommission. Dort werden neue Anträge für Gesetze und Richtlinien entworfen, welche dann die Institutionen durchlaufen – das Parlament und den EU-Ministerrat. Vom Moment an, in dem die Europäische Kommission erste Schritte zu neuen Gesetzen und Richtlinien unternimmt, ist die Industrie vor Ort um sie zu beeinflussen.”

Die Bemühungen, den Lobbyismus in der EU zu regulieren, stießen zunächst auf wenig Resonanz. Dann geschah im Winter 2004/2005 etwas Unerwartetes: Siim Kallas, EU-Kommissar aus Estland, zuständig für Verwaltung, griff das Thema auf. Im Zuge der Europäischen Transparenzinitiative sollte der Lobbyismus in Brüssel streng reguliert werden – ein Pflichtregister, Auskunftspflicht, Offenlegung der Geldflüsse. Nach drei Jahren politischer Streitereien und Bemühungen stellte Siim Kallas schließlich im Sommer 2008 das Lobby-Register vor. Doch die Enttäuschung war groß: Das Lobby-Register war freiwillig – und damit völlig zahnlos.

Im Oktober 2008, einen Monat nach Ausbruch der weltweiten Finanzkrise, ernannte Kommissionspräsident José Manuel Barroso eine unabhängige hochrangige Gruppe zur Aufsicht der Finanzmärkte. Ihre Aufgabe ist die Regulierung dieser Märkte, um einen Weg aus der Krise zu finden. Doch bei näherem Hinsehen entpuppt sich diese Gruppe von acht “EU-Weisen” als gar nicht so unabhängig: drei der acht Weisen sind direkt mit jenen US-Banken verbandelt, die die Krise ausgelöst haben. Der Kopf der Gruppe ist Vorsitzender einer großen Finanzlobby. Steht nach 20 Jahren Deregulierung und Liberalisierung die Europäische Union selbst plötzlich am Rande des Zusammenbruchs? Und steht nicht vielmehr die Demokratie selbst auf dem Spiel, und mit ihr jene Werte, die uns teuer sind?

Vir: http://videos.arte.tv/de/videos/the-brussels-business–7307822.html


Confessions of an Economic Hit Man aka Apologies Of An Economic Hitman (2007)

Confessions of an Economic Hit Man is a book written by John Perkins and published in 2004. It provides Perkins’ account of his career with consulting firm Chas. T. Main in Boston. Before employment with the firm, he interviewed for a job with the National Security Agency (NSA). Perkins claims that this interview effectively constituted an independent screening which led to his subsequent hiring by Einar Greve, a member of the firm (and alleged NSA liaison) to become a self-described “economic hit man”. The book was allegedly referred to in an audio tape released by Osama Bin Laden in September 2009.

According to Perkins, he began writing Confessions of an Economic Hit Man in the 1980s, but “threats or bribes always convinced me to stop.”

According to his book, Perkins’ function was to convince the political and financial leadership of underdeveloped countries to accept enormous development loans from institutions like the World Bank and USAID. Saddled with debts they could not hope to pay, those countries were forced to acquiesce to political pressure from the United States on a variety of issues. Perkins argues in his book that developing nations were effectively neutralized politically, had their wealth gaps driven wider and economies crippled in the long run. In this capacity Perkins recounts his meetings with some prominent individuals, including Graham Greene and Omar Torrijos.

Perkins describes the role of an EHM as follows: Economic hit men (EHMs) are highly-paid professionals who cheat countries around the globe out of trillions of dollars. They funnel money from the World Bank, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), and other foreign “aid” organizations into the coffers of huge corporations and the pockets of a few wealthy families who control the planet’s natural resources. Their tools included fraudulent financial reports, rigged elections, payoffs, extortion, sex, and murder. They play a game as old as empire, but one that has taken on new and terrifying dimensions during this time of globalization.

Schooling the World (2011)

If you wanted to change an ancient culture in a generation, how would you do it?

You would change the way it educates its children.

The U.S. Government knew this in the 19th century when it forced Native American children into government boarding schools. Today, volunteers build schools in traditional societies around the world, convinced that school is the only way to a ‘better’ life for indigenous children.

But is this true?  What really happens when we replace a traditional culture’s canon of knowledge with our own?  Does life really get better for its people?

SCHOOLING THE WORLD takes a challenging, sometimes funny, ultimately deeply troubling look at the role played by modern education in the destruction of the world’s last sustainable indigenous cultures.

Beautifully shot on location in the Buddhist culture of Ladakh in the northern Indian Himalayas, the film weaves the voices of Ladakhi people through a conversation between four carefully chosen original thinkers; anthropologist and ethnobotanist Wade Davis,  a National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence; Helena Norberg-Hodge and Vandana Shiva, both recipients of the Right Livelihood Award for their work with traditional peoples in India; and Manish Jain, a former architect of education programs with UNESCO,  USAID, and the World Bank.

It  examines the hidden assumption of cultural superiority behind education aid projects, which overtly aim to help children “escape” to a “better life.”

It looks at the failure of institutional education to deliver on its promise of a way out of poverty – here in the United States as well as in the so-called “developing” world.

And it questions our very definitions of wealth and poverty – and of knowledge and ignorance – as it uncovers the role of schools in the destruction of traditional sustainable agricultural and ecological knowledge, in the breakup of extended families and communities, and in the devaluation of ancient spiritual traditions.

Finally, SCHOOLING THE WORLD calls for a “deeper dialogue” between cultures, suggesting that we have at least as much to learn as we have to teach, and that these ancient sustainable societies may harbor knowledge which is vital for our own survival in the coming millenia.

Vir:  http://schoolingtheworld.org/