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Best economic documentaries

Streaming services like Netflix and Amazon Prime have been on the rise for years

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In times of social distancing, movies and streaming series are especially popular. You can find the documentation for the business topic here

flow can be formed. While many people stay within their four walls to protect themselves from infection with the coronavirus, it is also a welcome pastime for many. These are some of the best budget movies and documentaries on Netflix and Amazon. Disney+ also has something to contribute.

#1 “Dirty Money”, Netflix

Alex Gibney is the hard truth man in Hollywood. In “Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room” (2005) he showed how one of the largest bankruptcies in US history could occur. Gibney won an Oscar for his documentary Taxi to the Dark Side (2007) about US torture practices in the Afghan war. In the Netflix series “Dirty Money” he produced, he now exposes the greed of major corporations for profit and corruption. Season one was about the Volkswagen diesel scandal or the questionable business practices of Donald Trump.

US President’s son-in-law and adviser Jared Kushner is the anti-hero of the second season, which has been available on Netflix since March 11. Terrible conditions are said to reign at his rental properties, according to the “Slumlord Millionaire” episode description. Other topics include Wells Fargo and the dirty gold trade.

#2 “Fire: The Greatest Party That Never Happened”, Netflix

Fyre premiered on Netflix on January 18, 2019 and is truly a classic among documentaries. Because this story is so crazy that it really had to be invented. But the start-up obsession and fun principle of Instagram made that possible. Fyre was supposed to be Coachella on steroids. Organizers have promised Billy MacFarland and rapper Ja Roll a luxury music festival on a private island. Models such as Kendall Jenner and Bella Hadid have been hired as advertising figures.

Influencers and wealthy guests expected glamor in the style of “The Great Gatsby.” They’ve got Lord of the Flies. Because nothing on the site is prepared for the mass attack. For all the glee on the couch, Emmy-nominated director Chris Smith’s documentary is a valuable reminder not to let go of common sense amid all the glamor on Instagram.

#3 “The Thirteenth”, Netflix

The legacy of slavery continues to shape the economic system of the United States today. And not just there. Economic mechanisms were developed and purified on the cotton plantations of the southern states, which are still used today in bookkeeping and in the credit system. The barbarian oppression of the people also laid the foundation for the economic progress of the former crown colony.

Social inequality persists to this day. Privately run prisons in the United States are disproportionately populated by African Americans, making their owners filthy rich. Director Ava DuVernay (“Selma”) explores the legacy of slavery in America today in her 13th Academy Award-nominated documentary.

#4 “Save Capitalism!” Netflix

Robert Reich was Secretary of Labor under US President Bill Clinton. In his book Save Capitalism! The economist warned in 2015: for everyone, not the one per cent: capitalism will destroy itself if it depends on the profits of the few. Director Jacob Kornbluth investigates why the gap between the rich and poor is widening in the United States, how this threatens democracy and how citizens can defend themselves.

#5 “Inside Job”, Amazon Prime Video (paid)

Amazon Prime customers also have to pay for these documents. But if you missed out on the 2011 Academy Award winner, that’s money well spent. In the original Inside Job, Matt Damon as narrator leads the true story of the 2008 financial crisis. Director Charles Ferguson explains in broad terms how the bubble emerged in the real estate market – and why the global economy was not immune to a repeat.

#6 “Goldman Sachs – A Bank That Runs the World,” Amazon Prime Video

Can capitalism still be saved? The documentary Goldman Sachs – A Bank That Runs the World raises this question. His thesis: In recent years, the US investment bank has become a symbol of excessive and rampant speculation in the financial sector, which, thanks to its political connections, was rescued from a possibly deserved end. “Goldman Sachs is more than a bank. It is an invisible empire with a fortune of 700 billion euros which is twice the budget of the French state. The French documentary was shown to Arte at the time.

#7 Star Wars: Episode 1 – The Phantom Menace, Disney+

Speaking of Empire: Back in 1999, fans wondered if George Lucas was serious about tariff wars when he said “Star Wars.” Many viewers were disturbed by parliamentary debates on intergalactic trade when the popular science fiction epic returned. However, in retrospect, The Washington Post recognized the current troubling similarities. In 2018, the newspaper concluded, “Star Wars 1 is actually about President Trump.”

Those who made it through the first trilogy chronologically can still devote themselves to the dark events of the Trade Federation in “Star Wars: The Clone Wars” on the new streaming service. Or puzzled with other fans in the face of the new “Star Wars” movies, how an empire that doesn’t collect taxes can actually build Death Stars.

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