Requiem for the American dream

In 1988 Noam Chomsky was the subject of the highly regarded documentary Manufacturing consent: The political economy of the mass media. 28 Years later, here comes Requiem for the American dream. We are seeing Chomsky in what we are told is his ‘final long-form documentary interviews’. It took several years for the film to be finalized. For those who don’t know, Noam Chomsky is a left-leaning political analyst, activist and writer. He is also a master communicator, as I can attest after seeing this film. The topic? How financial inequalities has eroded democracy in the US. Can you even call it democracy? What happened is what Chomsky calls ‘10 Principles of concentration of wealth and power’. For instance, one of the principle is ‘Run the regulators’. Chomsky explain that the same bankers who caused the financial crisis of 2008 were asked to draft the new rules and regulations by the Federal government. So instead of being prosecuted for their reckless behavior and filling their pockets, while the US economy (heck, the whole world’s economy) was destroyed – those bankers got cushy appointments so that they could help their banker friends do it again. The American constitution that was supposed to protect the people, Chomsky tells us, has been misused by politicians and their friends in high places to deny them democracy. The three director use of archival footage is effective. And the titles, based on the American dollar and its image of George Washington, are simple, fun and never overwhelming. But what is important here is Noam Chomsky who is 87 years old. He is so precise and knowing in the details of his analysis it is jarring, scary and I have no doubt it will be hard to change things. This is why we have to listen now.

Rémi-Serge Gratton

Requiem for the American dream

Directed by:

Peter D. Hutchinson

Kelly Nyks

Jared P. Scott

Screenplay by:

Peter D. Hutchinson

Kelly Nyks

Jared P. Scott

Starring:

Noam Chomsky

73 min.

Rated Parental Guidance

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