A film about money and debt, how they are used to control us, and what people across Europe are doing about it.
Money Puzzles is about money and debt, austerity and solidarity, and alternative economics. Filmed in 2015 in the UK, Greece, Spain, Belgium and Argentina, with contributors ranging from children in the first to two erstwhile Ministers of Economy in the last, it questions the myriad forms of money in modern times, and the intimate link between money and debt. Alongside the crushing effects of austerity and the neoliberal agenda of finance capitalism which holds Europe in its grip, the film reports on grassroots solidarity networks and ground-level anti-austerity initiatives which aim to construct an alternative social economics.
The film unfolds a historically informed map of the way neoliberal capitalism works: how money is created by banks, the invention of new financial instruments like derivatives, the shadow banking system, the function of tax havens. Set against this, the solidarity and social movements present alternative ways of thinking about money, including complementary currencies, and especially the worldwide movement for citizens debt audits and the repudiation of illegitimate debt. We are running out of time to address the catastrophic problems facing our world, and the money puzzle must be solved before it’s too late.
This event will include the screening of the ‘Money Puzzles’ documentary (130mins) followed by a Question and Answer session with Director Michael Chanan. Watch the trailer online at www.moneypuzzles.net
Michael Chanan is Professor of Film & Video at Roehampton University, London. Documentary film-maker since 1971, erstwhile music critic, and author, editor and translator of books and articles on film and media, on subjects including early cinema and Cuban cinema, the social history of music, and the history of recording.
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