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The Corporation

Airs Monday, March 2, 2015 at 9:30 p.m. on KPBS TV

Credit: Courtesy of Nancy Bleck

Above: "The Corporation" explores the nature and spectacular rise of the dominant institution of our time. Part film and part movement, "The Corporation" is transforming audiences and dazzling critics with its insightful and compelling analysis. Taking its status as a legal "person" to the logical conclusion, the film puts the corporation on the psychiatrist's couch to ask "What kind of person is it?"

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The documentary’s co-creator, Joel Bakan, will be joining us in studio during the broadcast to talk about the program and his new book, "Childhood Under Siege: How Big Business Targets Children."

Photo credit: Courtesy of Nancy Bleck

Film still of girl with barcode mask.

Photo credit: Courtesy of Nancy Bleck

Filmmaker Mark Achbar

Film Reviews

"Move over, Michael Moore! Securing the participation of so many kings of capitalism was one of the filmmakers' most vital accomplishments." - Sheelah Kolhatkar, The New York Observer

"This vivid and often mesmerizing film lifts the veil from one of the most important and least understood features of modern age: the extraordinary powers that have been bestowed on virtually unaccountable private tyrannies, required by law to act in ways that severely undermine democracy and the most elementary human rights, and that pose a serious threat even to survival." - Noam Chomsky, Renowned political commentator

One hundred and fifty years ago, the corporation was a relatively insignificant entity. Today, it is a vivid, dramatic and pervasive presence in all our lives. Like the Church, the Monarchy and the Communist Party in other times and places, the corporation is today’s dominant institution.

But history humbles dominant institutions. All have been crushed, belittled or absorbed into some new order. The corporation is unlikely to be the first to defy history.

In this complex, exhaustive and highly entertaining documentary, Mark Achbar, co-director of the influential and inventive "Manufacturing Consent: Noam Chomsky And The Media," teams up with co-director Jennifer Abbott and writer Joel Bakan to examine the far-reaching repercussions of the corporation’s increasing preeminence.

Based on Bakan’s book "The Corporation: The Pathological Pursuit Of Profit And Power," the film is a timely, critical inquiry that invites CEOs, whistle-blowers, brokers, gurus, spies, players, pawns and pundits on a graphic and engaging quest to reveal the corporation’s inner workings, curious history, controversial impacts and possible futures.

Featuring illuminating interviews with Noam Chomsky, Michael Moore, Howard Zinn and many others, "The Corporation" charts the spectacular rise of an institution aimed at achieving specific economic goals as it also recounts victories against this apparently invincible force.

"The Corporation" is on Facebook, and you can follow @CorporationFilm on Twitter.

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