Monday, October 10, 2011

Library Video of the Week, October 10, 2011.

Inside Job, produced, written & directed by Charles Ferguson; co-written by Chad Beck & Adam Bolt. Library Call Number: HB3717 2008 .I57 2011.
          Back in 2008, when the dust cleared, over $20 TRILLION dollars had been lost in the bursting real estate bubble and the ensuing global financial meltdown.  Iceland, Greece, Spain, Portugal and several other European countries now hover on the brink of collapse.  America is in the grip of the worst unemployment and consumer money woes since the Great Depression.
          Among the only people the Great Recession has barely touched were the bankers who caused it.  Rounding up the information on what burst the bubble,  this film exposes an entire industry gone rogue, one that has corrupted politics, the regulations that were designed to keep it honest and even academia.  Not a good film to watch if you’re already outraged over the financial industry, this film won the following prizes:
Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature, 2010 ; Winner, Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Documentary (Charles Ferguson), 2011 Directors Guild of America Awards ; Winner, Best Non-fiction Film, 2011 National Society of Film Critics Awards (USA) ; Winner, Best Documentary Screenplay (Charles Ferguson, Adam Bolt, Chad Beck), 2011 Writers Guild of America Awards.

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