VIFF Film Review - The New Corporation: The Unfortunately Necessary Sequel (2020)

The New Corporation

I’ll be honest, I don’t know much about Economics and how large corporations affect our daily lives but I have seen small businesses struggle to compete with the big box stores. I also recently learned, from Ava DuVernay’s documentary 13th, that in the United States many of their correctional facilities are run by large corporations which employ the prisoners for very little income and in turn make profit off of their labour.  Makes sense why they would want to make sure those prisons are filled so they can guarantee their high profits. So what about the rest of the corporations in North America? Is there more insidious behaviours that we are unaware of? The documentary ‘The New Corporation: The Unfortunately Necessary Sequel’ answers many of the questions I have about big business and it doesn’t look good.

From fluffing up their public image to tax evasions to knowingly causing harm to the environment, many corporations are more focused on profits over the planet. This doc is a must see if you want to learn more about the big beast of big business. That old adage that the rich keep getting richer and the poor keep getting poorer is sadly just as relevant today. Did we ever escape feudalism? The common worker is just another peasant busting their back to make money for the man at the top.

“You don’t need a phD in Economics to know that your life sucks under capitalism,” – Kshama Sawant.

The future isn’t hopeless though and this doc shows how we can fight for change in our society. One example began in Seattle with the win of a $15 an hour minimum wage. And we do have choice when it comes to our vote in elections and you vote every day with your money with where you choose to spend it. If we want to make a better future for our children we need to make corporations accountable for their actions now and take away the power they yield over decision makers in our lives. This doc gives you a lot of information in just under two hours but it is worth your time.

The 39th annual Vancouver International Film Festival runs Sept 24 – Oct 7.

Tickets and info visit viff.org