This amazing film is a must-see for anyone who cares about independent media. The Corporation's Mark Achbar describes the film as "taking up where Manufacturing Consent Left off" and "the best films on this topic so far."
Filmmaker Jean-Philippe Tremblay takes a journey through the darker corridors of the US media, where global conglomerates call the shots. For decades, their overwhelming influence has distorted news journalism and compromised its values. The film reveals ugly truths about the news media: censorship, cover-ups and corporate control.
Tracing the story of media manipulation through the years, Shadows of Liberty poses a crucial question: why have we let a handful of powerful corporations write the news? Media reform is urgent and freedom of the press is fundamental.
Check out the Democracy Now! interview with Director Jean-Philippe Tremblay.
"We decided to do this film with DocFactory and the Bertha Foundation because we’re dedicated to independent media. The goal was really to make films that change the world. And it became obvious to us that the media is one of the most, if not the most, important subject that we need to deal with today."
~ Jean-Philippe Tremblay (from the Democracy Now! segment)
Katherine Dodds AKA "Kat" is the founder of HelloCoolWorld.com, the grassroots team behind The Corporation, and is featured in a "Grassroots Marketing" segment on The Corporation DVD set. She is dedicated to harnessing the power of the film to rein in corporate abuse through the development of the Campaign 4 Corporate Harm Reduction. |
“The Corporation inspired me NOT to pursue a business career.”
- Student from Windermere Secondary School in Vancouver, BC, Canada after watching The Corporation
For the release of the new, shorter version of The Corporation that we're crowdfunding to give away free to 1,000 schools, we held a focus test screening with a group of 24 high school students in Vancouver, BC, Canada. They ranged from grades 8-10, and they had extremely positive reactions with all but one liking or loving the film (the single holdout said it was okay).
“Corporations are all around us yet we are unaware how they control or manipulate us. We have to do SOMETHING (like educate others) in order to change our futures.”
Surprised, inspired and moved to find out the “behind-the-scenes” or inner workings of the corporation, they were excited to learn something new and eager to share with their friends and families. We asked if they would be interested in starting or joining Corporation Student Clubs to meet with others interested in the issues, and almost half said they would!
“Makes me want to scream and tell everybody about what is happening.”
It's not the first time we've seen the film have this kind of effect on our youth. In 2007, the filmmakers journeyed to Essex, Ontario to film a group of grade 8 students who were similarly impacted by the film. Check out video below!
All in all, it was an amazing session, and we were left with a renewed sense of purpose on the importance of The Corporation reaching the next generation and engaging with them to 'occupy their future.'
Sandy is part of The Corporation's grassroots team and has been working on the film's outreach efforts since 2003.|
The Corporation film is officially 10 years old! What a great decade it has been, and it has been especially fun connecting with people all over the world who are interested in transforming the role of corporations in the world.
On January 16th, 2014 - on the 10th birthday of the theatrical premiere and release of the film - we had a small party in Vancouver with some Corporation Film friends and fans to start a dialogue about how we might be able connect with movements around the world who are interested in collaborating to do some work together. We'll be cutting more 'micro-docs' from the interviews we did, including more about Corporation co-creator and author Joel Bakan's new project! Stay tuned...
We are interested in connecting with all Corporation fans who want to join in on our year of organizing, dialogue, and actions! Check out our vlog about why the film is still relevant, and send in your own comments or videos!
Sign up to volunteer, and we will be in touch with you about how you can help. We can also help you organize a screening in your community - send us an email (firstname.lastname@example.org)!
We're not done yet, but we need your help to make this anniversary year a game-changer.
|David Ng is a Hello Cool World veteran with experience going back a decade. David first worked with us when he was just 14 years old as a participant in the youth advisory group for the sexual health education program Condomania. Now an accomplished videographer passionate about the issues of gender and power, he is currently on sabbatical in South Africa while he pursues a Masters in Gender Studies with a focus on international developme|
Photo credit: Ossie Michelin, APTN reporter
Elsipogtog, New Brunswick has been in the international spotlight recently, due to the increasing tensions between police and protestors who are resisting the seismic testing for natural gas extraction in the area by SWN Resources Canada. The brutal treatment of protesters by the police, comes coincidentally days after the Throne Speech, where Governer General David Johnston stated that "[Pioneers] forged an independent country where none would have otherwise existed.”, and emphasized the importance of exploiting Canada's "vast natural resources".
The Corporation volunteer and guest blogger, Srinidhi, from India, writes about "The Escaper Principle" and how corporations tried to get away with the Bhopal disaster
As the tremors of economic instability continue worldwide, I often wonder: How did we get here? How is it that the so called intellectual "leaders" can't wrap their heads around the truth every layperson I meet seems to have figured out? Why is it that the same conventional wisdom that drove our economies off a cliff continues to proliferate? So I had to ask what the people in a MBA school, at the root of our financial institutions, are taught in the most famous and mandatory ‘Risk Management’ course.
The Escaper Principle, is the answer I found.
A few weeks ago, I learnt that risk management quite actually means ‘escaping’ the risk of getting the name of a corporation tainted. This is where the disconnect and, frankly, the delusional recipe for the modern day pandemic of corporate caused economic/environmental/social disasters stem from. 'Risk Management' certainly doesn’t mean reducing the risk the activities of a corporation pose on our Nations, our planet, or the health and welfare of our fellow human beings. It is the economic equivalent of Survival of the fittest. It's dehumanizing Social Darwinism as policy. Get yours and the consequences are someone else's problem. Displace the damage from your responsibility, never admit your crime, and deny any negative results from your company's actions.