The Documentary Film Group will be gathering one afternoon each month to discuss a documentary film. The documentaries are all available on Netflix unless noted otherwise and participants should watch the documentary selection before coming to the meeting where we will discuss the film. Our schedule for the next few months will be available shortly.
THE APRIL FILM IS "Requiem for the American Dream",
Directed by Noam Chomsky
"Noam Chomsky, widely regarded as the most important intellectual alive, discusses in critical detail the defining characteristic of our time — the deliberate concentration of wealth and power in the hands of a select few. Through interviews filmed over four years, Chomsky reveals the principles that have brought us to the crossroads of historically unprecedented inequality. Profoundly personal and thought-provoking, Chomsky gives penetrating insight into what may well be the lasting legacy of our time — the death of the middle class and the idea of a functioning democracy in America. "Requiem for the American Dream" is a potent reminder that power ultimately rests in the hands of the governed. This film is required viewing for all who want to maintain hope in the future." Amazon.com
“Requiem for the American Dream” is a timely 75-minute teach-in by Noam Chomsky, the M.I.T. linguistics professor who has been a leading leftist political analyst, critic and writer for six decades. Mr. Chomsky, already the subject of several documentaries, focuses here on an election-season theme: financial inequality in America and what he calls its corrosive effect on democracy. Assembling “10 Principles of Concentration of Wealth and Power,” he lays out rules like “Run the Regulators,” “Marginalize the Population” and “Manufacture Consent.” --- NYT Critic’s Pick
"Noam Chomsky’s new book, Requiem for the American Dream: The Ten Principles of Concentration of Wealth and Power, based on the film of the same name, is a primer in Chomsky’s analysis of the faults of the American political and economic system. Taking as its backbone the idea that “a significant part of the American Dream is class mobility: You’re born poor, you work hard, you get rich,” Chomsky systematically documents the many ways the system is rigged from top to bottom to ensure that corporations always win'''."---Moyers & Company
Questions: This month, Contact Norma Gindes at 919-237-1504 or 201-951-5140. If you would like to nominate a documentary film for discussion, please send your suggestions to Norma Gindes at email@example.com.