Tomorrow, April 13th, The Disinformation Company will release the gritty thriller Plunder: The Crime of Our Time, which is unfortunately ripped from today’s headlines. With mind-numbing phrases such as “collateralized debt obligation” and “credit default swaps” still in the headlines – along with exorbitant Wall Street bonuses and Michael Lewis’ latest book, The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine climbing up best-seller lists, Wall Street Fraud will continue to be a hot-button topic in America until financial institutions are properly regulated and reformed. The investigative doc Plunder addresses this situation like no other film.
To celebrate the release of Plunder on DVD, FilmFetish is giving away three copies to readers.
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More about Plunder: The Crime of Our Time
In 2006, acclaimed filmmaker, author and Emmy Award-winning former broadcast news producer Danny Schechter was widely denounced as an “alarmist” for his film In Debt We Trust, which warned of the coming U.S. credit crisis. He was labeled a “doom and gloomer,” until the economy later melted down, ultimately vindicating his warnings. Schechter’s newest documentary, Plunder: The Crime of Our Time on DVD, is a hard-hitting investigative film that explores how the current financial crisis was built on a foundation of criminal activity. As the economy and various banking scandals continue to make headlines, this compelling feature-length documentary makes its DVD debut on April 13, 2010.
America’s financial crisis has become a global catastrophe. Everyone is still debating how to fix it, what caused it and who is to blame for the loss of trillions in personal wealth and shareholder value. While politicians and some experts superficially blame “mistakes” and “errors” driven by greed or poor business models – often concluding that “everyone is to blame” – veteran journalist Schechter has probed more deeply into a complex web of fraud and crime that he shows played a major, if largely unreported, role in bringing the economy down.
Plunder: The Crime of Our Time looks into how the crisis developed, from the mysterious collapse of Bear Stearns to the shadowy world of trillion dollar hedge funds. Insiders who work in the industry and know it well tell both of these stories. Plunder also shows how hastily arranged government bailouts did not revive the economy and may have lost billions. To tell this eye-opening story, Schechter spoke with bankers involved in these activities, respected economists, insider experts, top journalists including Paul Krugman, and even a convicted white-collar criminal, Sam Antar, who blows the whistle on intentionally dishonest practices. Ultimately, the film calls for a full investigation and structural reforms of financial institutions to insure accountability by the white-collar perpetrators who profited from the misery of their victims.
Schechter, known as the “News Dissector”, spent a year and half on this investigation, following up on his book, Plunder, that predicted the widespread financial crisis. Although his initial findings were greeted with denial, his early works are now seen as prophetic despite understating the full impact of an ongoing crisis which has not yet ended. “This is a story that must be told if economic justice is to have any meaning,” says Schechter, “Plunder demands a full investigation into who is responsible for the crisis and an appropriate punishment – a “jail out” – for the wrongdoers at a time when the debate about the crisis and what to do about it is treated so superficially on every media outlet. This crisis is not about the unintentional mistakes of a greedy few but a crime that affects us all.”
About Danny Schechter
Schechter is a veteran journalist who writes and speaks about economic and media issues. He is a multiple Emmy Award winner, having been a producer for ABC News, CNN and other major networks. His daily blog ‘News Dissector’ appears on MediaChannel.org, the website he edits, with weekly online commentaries on Huffington Post, Buzzflash, Alternet, Global Research, ZNet, Creative-I and many others. He has directed numerous films including In Debt We Trust. Schechter has written ten books and directed more than 20 documentaries. He attended Cornell, The London School of Economics and was a Nieman Fellow in Journalism at Harvard University.