Money & Life
Dir. Katie Teague
USA, 2012, 86 mins
Money & Life is a passionate and inspirational documentary that asks viewers to see the economic crisis not as a disaster but as a tremendous opportunity for positive change. This cinematic odyssey takes us on a journey from the origins of money to the current global financial crisis. The film helps us to see that we owe it to ourselves to understand the fundamentals of this technology called money in order to be effective participants in the economic transformation that is happening around us - a shift more rapid but just as profound as the Industrial Revolution.
An optimistic film steeped in appreciation for human ingenuity, Money & Life does not dictate answers. It is a respectful invitation to consider questions critical to our global well-being: how can we move beyond being merely consumers, debtors, and creditors so that our monetary system serves us as citizens and human beings? Can we design a monetary circulation system that fosters democratic equality? What responsibilities should a corporate charter convey? What does it really mean to make a living? The film itself approaches these questions with both clarity and compassion. Money & Life empowers each of us to respond to the issues of our time and participate in the emerging new economy. 7:30pm. Panel discussion after film. $12, $7 mbrs.
Featured in the film:
John Perkins, author of Confessions of an Economic Hitman, a former Chief Economist who once advised the World Bank, UN, IMF, heads of state and Fortune 500 companies, Perkins left that position after an epiphany and dedicated his life to righting the wrongs of the system with which he had been entwined.
Lynne Twist of the Soul of Money Institute, a former fundraiser and global leader in eradicating hunger and supporting social justice and environmental sustainability.
Philosophy professor Jacob Needleman, author of Money and the Meaning of Life.
Vicki Robin, co-author of Your Money or Your Life and co-founder of financial sustainability initiatives such as The New Road Map Foundation’s Financial Integrity Program.
Currency expert Bernard Lietaur, author of The Future of Money.
Financial reformist John Fullerton, founder of Capital Institute and former JP Morgan managing director.
Futurist and sustainability consultant Hazel Henderson, author of Ethical Markets: Growing the Green Economy.
Degrowth activist Charles Eisenstein, author of Sacred Economics.
Jack Arnold, moderator: lifelong environmentalist and advocate for rebuilding society through focusing on our local community, local economy, and local environment.
Jeff Dicken, Founder of Baltimore Green Currency Association
Ian Schlakman, Founder of Civilization Systems IT, a worker-owned business
John Shea, Founder and head librarian at Station North Tool Library
Meg Horst, founder of 34 to the Front Door.
Here’s what the press has to say:
"Money & Life does offer an engrossing history of the very concept of currency, and it raises some very salient points about our relationship with money, and the treadmill we constantly run on to acquire it..." – SF Weekly
"Money is one of the most powerful forces in our lives, both in our psyches and in our physical realities. Money makes the world go around. Life as we know it would grind to a halt without it. Yet it remains something of an enigma, largely unexamined." — Partner4Prosperity