Don’t Miss this Mind-Blowing Master Class on Inequality
A remarkable piece of cinema and an extraordinary teaching tool, ideal for classroom use and community organizing.
If you’re planning courses or campus events to help students think critically about the political, social, and environmental impacts of growing economic inequality, don’t miss the acclaimed documentary Requiem for the American Dream, featuring legendary author and activist Noam Chomsky.
Through profoundly personal, accessible, and thought-provoking interviews filmed over four years, Chomsky lays bare how the concentration of wealth and corporate power in fewer and fewer hands has corrupted our political system and produced policies that have eroded the middle class and undermined democracy.
You can stream Requiem for the American Dream through your university or public library on the Kanopy streaming platform, or purchase a 7-day streaming rental or DVD through MEF. Click here to see if your university subscribes to Kanopy. And click here for information about hosting a screening.
Requiem for the American Dream could very well be embraced as the final word on economic inequality in the United States. The vicious cycle of wealth influencing power and therefore influencing legislation is effectively illustrated in a series of episodic, easily digestible vignettes.”
[Chomsky] melds history, philosophy and ideology into a sobering vision of a society in an accelerating decline.”
— The New York Times
Brilliant. Chomsky is a master of distilling complex histories and powers into their most essential elements.”
— Dr. Wendy Brown | Author, In the Ruins of Neoliberalism: The Rise of Anti-Democratic Politics in the West
Chomsky tells this compelling horror story with moral authority and charismatic calm. The camera seems to speak his mind, moving back and forth between his memorable face, historical footage, vivid images, and collages cut from the currency of greed.”
— Dr. Nancy Folbre | Author, Greed, Lust and Gender: A History of Economic Ideas
This short, sharp, smart film serves as one of the best entry points to the discussion of inequality.”
— The Hollywood Reporter
Chomsky’s critique extends beyond left and right, resulting in a lucid analysis that’s breathtaking in its simplicity, and all the more scary for it.”
If you want to understand neoliberalism in the U.S. over the past 40 years, you must watch Requiem for the American Dream.”
— Dr. Robert Pollin | Distinguished University Professor of Economics, University of Massachusetts Amherst