The documentary “Requiem for the American Dream” is a timely and essential film for anyone who isn’t part of the 1 percent in the U.S. The film premiered at Tribeca Film Festival in 2015 and is opening today in theatres in limited release.
“Requiem for the American Dream” is academic and political activist, Noam Chomsky’s discourse on the inequality of wealth and the collapse of the American Dream. The filmmakers document interviews with Chomsky over a four-year period and capture his observations on the widening of the gap between the 99% and the 1% laid out in his “10 principles of concentration of Wealth and Power” and how it has led to the break down in democracy. Chomsky has a strong following that is use to hearing him speak on the topic of inequality, but the film is really a ‘must see’ for anyone who felt the ‘Occupy’ movement struck a cord and fueled a national conversation regarding the growing income inequality gap and the deterioration of the middle class.
With the upcoming 2016 presidential elections, Chomsky helps frame the history and ideology that has led to this current state of inequality and is a call to action for those of us who want to actively participate in a free democratic society.
Check out the trailer for “Requiem for the American Dream” below.