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  • Kevin McDermott
    For all those who missed the movie The Corporation when OPCTJ showed it in Oak Park in October, here is another opportunity. ... Subject: [ccclr] Fwd:
    Message 1 of 1 , Dec 5, 2005
      For all those who missed the movie "The Corporation" when OPCTJ showed
      it in Oak Park in October, here is another opportunity.

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      Subject: [ccclr] Fwd: [oulchicago] OUL Presents: "The Corporation,"
      Saturday, Dec. 17
      Date: Mon, 5 Dec 2005 07:51:07 -0800 (PST)
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      (From the description, I would think that this would be an excellent
      piece for understanding why Capital is an "ism." "They" want all of your
      time and all of your money. The piece is long, but 2 hours and 25
      minutes probably is not long enough to get the point completely
      across. It looks like a good start.....dd)


      Profitable Pathologies: A Showing of "The Corporation"

      "The Corporation" is a meditation on the history, nature and future
      of the dominant institution of our time, whose influence extends
      from the halls of government to the most intimate details of our
      lives. The documentary puts this "legal person" on the couch,
      seeking to unlock the inner life of an entity whose only goal is to
      maximize shareholder wealth. It concludes that the typical limited
      liability corporation meets the diagnostic criteria of a psychopath.

      Filmmakers Mark Achbar, Jennifer Abbott and Joel Bakan
      interview observers and players ranging from Milton Friedman to
      Michael Moore, interspersing these conversations with case studies,
      confessions and anecdotes. They show how corporate aspirations
      continue to grow, as governments permit them to infiltrate every
      conceivable niche. In a bid to own it all, corporations are now
      patenting animals, plants, even your DNA.

      Witty, provocative and insightful, "The Corporation" shows how
      hostile corporate power is to meaningful democracy. With its
      single-minded focus on profits, the corporation uses every
      instrument, from bribery to brainwashing, to shape public and
      political opinion. When everything (including consciousness) is in
      private hands, who will stand for the public good? Only by
      re-invigorating the concept of citizenship can we strip the
      corporation of its seeming omnipotence, and restore rights, dignity
      and personhood to genuine people.

      Released in 2004, "The Corporation" is the winner of 24
      international awards, including the Sundance Film Festival's
      Audience Award for Documentary in World Cinema. It will be shown via
      projected DVD; discussion will follow. (Color, 145 minutes)

      WHEN & WHERE:
      Saturday, December 17, 2:00 PM at Acme Art Works, 1741 N. Western
      Ave. at St. Paul Street, Chicago, two blocks south of the CTA Blue
      Line's Western-Armitage stop. Refreshments will be available at the
      Acme cafe.

      HOW MUCH:
      $5 donation if you have it; more if you're willing; no one turned away.

      Call the OUL office at (773) 384-5797 if you have a question or
      would like to lead an OUL session. Please feel free to forward this
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