The secret history of the “free market” and its exploitation of global conflicts and natural disasters for profit are examined in The Shock Doctrine, January’s Conscientious Projector presentation screening on Thursday, January 12, 2012 at 7 p.m. at The Armory Center for the Arts. The Michael Winterbottom/Mat Whitecross documentary features globalization critic and social activist Naomi Klein and is based on her provocative best-selling bookof the same name. The 2010 Sundance Film Festival selection traces the origins of neoliberal ideology in the U.S. and its implementation around the world to the theories of Milton Friedman and the “Chicago school of economics.” The filmmakers employ “shock therapy” as a metaphor for Ms. Klein’s central thesis of “disaster capitalism,” where countries struck by catastrophe are subjected to “remedies” benefitting powerful corporate concerns over the public interest.
Sonali Kolhatkar, founder and host of KPFK’s Uprising, will address issues raised by the film and lead a community discussion. Admission is free and the facility is accessible to disabled persons.