Shock Waves – Naomi Klein and Alfonso Cuarón

A few weeks ago my father emailed me emphatically suggesting that I buy, borrow or steal a copy of the book, The Shock Doctrine, The Rise of Disaster Capitalism by Naomi Klein. He just happened on it when he was at the library and could not put it down. So, I went to Amazon.com to look for the book and found a very short but interesting video clip. Then yesterday, my friend Sean sent a link to YouTube to a longer short film of the Shock Doctrine… and here it is.

“When I finished The Shock Doctrine, I sent it to Alfonso Cuarón because I adore his films and felt that the future he created for Children of Men was very close to the present I was seeing in disaster zones. I was hoping he would send me a quote for the book jacket and instead he pulled together this amazing team of artists — including Jonás Cuarón who directed and edited — to make The Shock Doctrine short film. It was one of those blessed projects where everything felt fated.” – Naomi Klein

Canadian journalist Klein released The Shock Doctrine in September 2007 to waves of hype, riding the tide of her previous best selling book, No Logo.

2 Responses

  1. Redroom Studios says:

    very powerful short film, summarizing the themes of the book! A great choice to include this on your website.

    I wonder if you are familiar with one of her previous documentaries she made called “The Take” with her husband Avi Lewis. It chronicles the economic collapse in Argetina several years ago when capitalists fled the country and left average people to pick up the pieces…

  2. shapeshift says:

    thanks for sending the link to this film in the first place, Sean. I have not seen “The Take.” I just saw the trailer from your link and it looks interesting, will have to check it out.

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