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Requiem for the American Dream

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REQUIEM FOR THE AMERICAN DREAM is the definitive discourse with Noam Chomsky, widely regarded as the most important intellectual alive, on 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 unpacks the principles that have brought us to the crossroads of historically unprecedented inequality - tracing a half-century of policies designed to favor the most wealthy at the expense of the majority - while also looking back on his own life of activism and political participation. Profoundly personal and thought provoking, Chomsky provides penetrating insight into what may well be ...

  • DirectorJared P. Scott,Kelly Nyks
  • Runtime: 1 hr 12 min
  • StudioGRAVITAS VENTURES
  • QualityHD

Reviews about Requiem for the American Dream

L.A. Weekly
Amy Brady
L.A. Weekly

The film lacks visual ingenuity, but the point isn't to show us something new - it's to tell us something we might not have heard. And what Chomsky says is as unsettling as it is persuasive.

Hollywood Reporter
John DeFore
Hollywood Reporter

As one expects, Chomsky again proves to know more about his targets than they seem to know about themselves, calling on bits of history that damn not only the business-boosting right wing, but those on the supposed left side of American politics.

Variety
Dennis Harvey
Variety

A very useful addition to public discourse at any time. But it's particularly so during this election year ...

Los Angeles Times
Martin Tsai
Los Angeles Times

The film isn't necessarily pegged to the upcoming election per se, but the logic presented within helps make sense of current affairs.

Chicago Reader
J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader

This feature by Peter Hutchison, Kelly Nyks, and Jared P. Scott presents a cogent and incisive lesson in how the superwealthy control the federal government.

San Francisco Chronicle
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle

Few will agree with every word spoken, but Chomsky's vision of history is worth encountering and considering.

Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Brian Gibson
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)

The directors bring to filmic life Chomsky's calm, composed talking-points--his measured, reasonable long-view of history and polic--with inventive framing of archival footage and coolly sharp images. A potent Panama Papers-era dissection of power.

Flavorwire
Jason Bailey
Flavorwire

It's a swirling, upsetting picture that gets bigger and scarier the more he talks.

Flick Filosopher
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher

[E]ye-opening, consciousness-expanding, and - ho boy yes indeedy - angry-making stuff.

Missoula Independent
Molly Laich
Missoula Independent

If you're looking for intellectual entertainment combined with political outrage, Requiem for the American Dream fulfills the contract.

SF Weekly
Sherilyn Connelly
SF Weekly

Requiem for the American Dream is valuable as a document of Chomsky while we still have him, but the people he's inspired may be his true legacy.

Common Sense Media
S. Jhoanna Robledo
Common Sense Media

Noam Chomsky's theories of inequality are important but dry.

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