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Post 21 Mar 2012, 06:52
From the makers of "Debtocracy" comes "Catastroika" about the pillage that comes from neoliberal privatization and the harm it does in the long term:

From Prensa Latina (my own translation):
With their first documentary they reached over a million viewers through the internet and hundreds of thousands after its showing in several local television stations. Today, the makers of Debtocracy gave Prensa Laina details on their next work "Catastroika."

After their success last year, Katerina Kitidi, Aris Hatzistefanou and Leonidas Vatikiotis focused on the creation of a new work through which they could show "the failure of privatizing capitalism." Its result will be presented in Athens by the end of March.

Catastroika is a reasoned denounciation of the failure of neoliberal policies applied in the West for the past two decades, in a tour through seven countries and a long line of interviews, they analize the results of these measures.

"We wanted to make patent the fallacy of neoliberalism," explained Leonidas Vatikiotis, science and economy consultant of the full-length film, "for that, we chose examples in rich countries, when their own market laws were fulfilled."

The result is conclusive and certifies the disastrous result of the privatization of electrical energy in California (USA) in 1998, the disrepair and increase of deadly accidents in British railways after their sale in 1994, or the result of an entire nation, Democratic Germany, among others.

The information provided is complemented with the analysis of renowned intellectuals such as activist Naomi Klein, British filmaker Ken Loach, Marxist thinker Alex Callinicos or Chilean writer Luis Sepulveda.

The name of the documentary came from the fusion of the terms catastrophe and troika (European Commision, Central European Bank and the International Monetary Fund) that is bringing so much harm to Greece, clarified the creators, "but it also reminds us of the name of the process that put an end to the Soviet Union."

As was the case of their first production, the makers once again turned to collective financing, through multiple, small donations raised mainly through the internet, which were carried out with the help of non-profits, unions, and hundreds of individual persons.

This way they raised practically the entirety of their budget, and were very satisfied both by the response of so many, as well as in the liberty this gives them in regards to their work.

They remembered that their previous full-length film was made with only 8 thousand euros and was defined by British newspaper The Guardian as "the best historical Marxist analysis film ever made."
Post 21 Mar 2012, 07:37
thank you for posting this. I'll watch it tomorrow
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