A horror film of the most realistic kind.
— Frank Scheck, The Hollywood Reporter
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THE CORPORATE
COUP D’ÉTAT

Director Fred Peabody
Producers Peter Raymont
Executive Producers Peter Raymont, Fred Peabody, Steve Ord, Jeff Cohen, Hans Robert Eisenhauer

2019 • 90min & 60min


A democracy should protect its citizens, especially the most vulnerable among them, but increasingly the United States is failing to do so. This investigative and persuasive documentary blends the insights of philosophers, authors and journalists with the experiences of citizens of the Rust Belt in the U.S. Midwest, where the steel industry once flourished, but where closures and outsourcing have left urban areas desolate and hopeless. It’s here that Donald Trump finds some of his most fervent supporters, as he’s not considered part of the hated Washington establishment.

Journalist Chris Hedges, argues that the crisis predates Donald Trump’s election by many years. Like his source of inspiration, the Canadian philosopher John Ralston Saul, Hedges regards Trump as the symptom rather than the disease. Decades ago, U.S. democracy began selling its soul to big corporations. Lobbyists and corporatism took control in Washington, gradually undermining the will of the people. Journalist Naomi Klein recently described Trump’s administration as a “corporate coup d’état”. Hedges and Ralston Saul argue that the real coup took place long before.

Featuring: Chris Hedges, John Ralston Saul, Cornel West, Sarah Jaffe, Lee Fang, Maude Barlow, Phillip Martin

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IDFA, Amsterdam, Netherlands
HUMAN International Documentary Film Festival, Oslo, Norway
Thessaloniki International Film Festival, Thessaloniki, Greece
Bermuda International Film Festival, Hamilton, Bermuda
DOCVILLE, Leuven, Belgium

FilmFestDC, Washington, DC
Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival, Toronto, ON
Cineplex Yonge-Dundas, Toronto, ON
Cineplex Cinema Eau-Claire, Calgary, AB
Cineplex International Village, Vancouver, BC
TED ROGERS HOT DOCS CINEMA, TORONTO, ON


Director: Fred Peabody
Producers: Peter Raymont Executive Producers: Peter Raymont, Fred Peabody, Steve Ord, Jeff Cohen, Hans Robert Eisenhauer

Produced by White Pine Pictures and Ventana-Film in association with Super ChannelZDF/ARTE, and YLE
with the participation of Ontario CreatesTelefilm Canada and the Rogers Group of Funds through the
Theatrical Documentary Program
 and with the assistance of The Park Foundation and the Governments of Canada

International Sales Agent: Films Transit


Frightening . . . Compelling
— Lauren Wissot, Global Comment
Fred Peabody’s film persuasively shows how capitalist interests have been actively subverting the levers of democracy for a long time.
— Norman Wilner, Now Magazine

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