Robert Greenwald

Greenwald has produced a half dozen on to it documentaries over the past few years, and largely pioneered a direct to DVD internet based distribution system for them.

I’ve seen about three of the docos in the last little while. Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price, Outfoxed: Rupert Murdoch’s War on Journalism, and Uncovered: The War on Iraq

They’ve all been really good. His technique is interview based. Get lots of people who know what they are talking about from the inside on and have them talk to the camera. Edit it together with stock footage into a narrative. The results are information dense and powerful.

The guts of the Wal Mart one is “Wal Mart screw their employees incredibly, expecting free overtime, paying so little that full time workers qualify for state health benefits and can’t afford the insurance offered by Wal Mart, and will do anything to prevent workers getting together and fighting for better conditions. And let’s not even talk about the sweatshops where all the products come from. Meanwhile, they use corrupt practices to come in to small towns wherein they swiftly destroy all local competiton, gutting community. Luckily, this can be prevented by dedicated community resistance to the oncoming behemoth.” Well, there’s more. Easily the freakiest section was the rapid response team flown in three hours to take over the situation after a store manager reported that an employee had raised the notion of a union. So yes. Big and evil.

The guts of Outfoxed was “Fox has a massive right wing bias that comes down from the top. There is no difference between propaganda, opinion and news as presented on the channel. The extent of the bias is kind of mind-blowing if you have any notion of objectivity in reporting. Horrifically, they are getting viewers and are dragging the rest of the media in their direction to compete.”

The guts of Uncovered was “The Bush administration lied, lied, lied in the leadup to the war in Iraq and throughout the “war on terror”. Watch as we contrast their statements with the comments of vastly experienced intelligence insiders. Simultaneously broad and detailed. Boomcha!”

So yeah. Go that guy. Inspiring stuff on many levels. The library seems to have most of them. Yay the library. (Man, am I an ad for the library.)

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  1.   Administrator
    October 7th, 2006 | 4:21 pm

    Good Guardian article about his latest and the general phenomenon of his films