The trailer above is for a new documentary funded through Kickstarter, billed by its makers as being ‘the discussion-of-a-lifetime with Noam Chomsky’. From watching the trailer I’d say that’s an accurate description. Born in 1928, Chomsky has lived through a lot, and in the film he will discuss his knowledge, thoughts and observations on the workings of American society – from its revolutionary period until today. Its Kickstarter page states:
REQUIEM FOR THE AMERICAN DREAM is the riveting discussion-of-a-lifetime with Noam Chomsky – “the most important intellectual alive” – on America’s staggering concentration of wealth, unprecedented inequality, and the corrosion of democracy.
Through candid conversation, Chomsky sketches an unvarnished portrait of our country today and how the orchestrated efforts of a financial aristocracy, from the ’70s to the present, have reshaped social and economic policy to serve their own interests.
Reminiscent of Errol Morris’ Fog of War in its personal and intimate approach, REQUIEM FOR THE AMERICAN DREAM is the cautionary tale of what may prove to be the lasting legacy of our time – the death of the middle class.
As one of the world’s most important intellectuals and voices of dissent, Requiem for the American Dream is likely to be a must-watch for anyone concerned with the problems mentioned above. In fact, as wealth inequality continues to grow at a staggering rate, the film really should be watched by anyone who has the chance to see it.
The documentary will premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival later this month.