I’ve written about books and movies on money, but how about when you’re in the mood for something more statistical? A documentary would hit just the right spot, wouldn’t it? Here’s a list of really interesting documentaries on money and finances:
1. The Money Masters
The documentary directed by William T. Still is a very detailed account of the history of money from ancient Rome to current times and how concepts of money, debt, and taxes came to be what they are now in our society. The documentary depicts the truth about the US Federal Reserve and what leaders like Jefferson and Lincoln thought about it. It uncovers a lot of machinations going on in the banking system and suggests solutions for our current monetary problems. It is a long documentary (3 and a half hours), but it’s totally worth watching. Here’s a small piece of the documentary:
2. Global Shopping Village
Directed by Ulli Gladik, the Austrian documentary “Global Shopping Village” gives a detailed description of the practices of European shopping center developers. We follow successful businessman all around Europe as they realize shopping centers and sell them and find out about the humongous profits that can arise from this business, as well as its effects on the financial system worldwide.
The documentary has a very high rating in the International Movie Database:
3. Fixing the Future
In “Fixing the Future” directed by Ellen Spiro, David Brancaccio interviews people and organizations that are trying to revolutionize and reinvent the American economy. These people and organizations are using ingenious approaches to build the communities around them and create new jobs. This documentary gives hope and ideas on how we can build a more sustainable future, so I think it’s worth watching.
4. In Debt We Trust: America Before the Bubble Bursts
The documentary directed by Danny Schechter illustrates very well how America is addicted to credit cards and how people live way out of their means, in constant need of loans. And who is at fault? Is it the common people who let themselves get carried away and dragged into situations they can’t handle or is it the government and big corporations that encourage this kind of behavior so they can get as much profit as possible?
5. Money as Debt
Question: How can America be in so much debt? Where does all the money come from? This animated documentary, which is actually a trilogy created by Paul Grignon, aims to answer such questions and put the concept of debt into perspective. Watching this will feel like a slap on the face. No school will ever teach you what this documentary can.