Socialist Worker

The Flaw: What happens when the rich get richer?

by Sarah Creagh
Issue No. 2254

Old cartoons are exploited to get the message across

Old cartoons are exploited to get the message across


This new documentary attempts to explain what caused the sudden and devastating collapse of the US financial system in 2008.

It paints a picture of the chaos at the heart of a system that puts all its faith in the market.

The film’s testimony comes from economists, bankers and victims of the crash.

It follows the antics of Wall Street, of sub‑prime mortgages, short-selling and toxic assets.

You’ll be shocked that anyone could have thought this system was not bound to end up in crisis.

Interviews are interspersed with archive cartoons and

“info-mercials” promoting the American dream and celebrating capitalism as a system that provides for all.

This is contrasted with a series of graphs illustrating the astounding amounts of wealth transferred into the hands of the few over the last 50 years.

It’s a shame The Flaw wasn’t released two years ago as that’s where it finishes.

And, to be honest if the film makers want to make documentaries to be Michael Moore they need to inject a bit more humour.

If we don’t laugh at this crazy system we will only start to cry.

The Flaw: What happens when the rich get richer?
Directed by David Sington
Out 3 June

Go to www.theflawmovie.com


Click here to subscribe to our daily morning email newsletter 'Breakfast in red'

Article information

Reviews
Tue 31 May 2011, 18:33 BST
Issue No. 2254
Share this article


Mobile users! Don't forget to add Socialist Worker to your home screen.