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The East

Directed by Zal Batmanglij

Written by Brit Marling and Zal Batmanglij

2013, USA 

A taut thriller invested in its characters’ complex moral decisions, The East demands we see how easily white-collar crime escapes culpability and provocatively questions how a people’s revolution can better civilization without resorting to explosive ends. The ruthless, money-hungry businesses in director Zal Batmanglij’s second feature operate without repercussion and turn a blind eye to the suffering they create. Are humiliation and violence the only methods that can effectively encourage accountability in such companies? Can society be compelled to make the well-being of civilians a priority over corporate profit? Brit Marling (Another Earth, Arbitrage) plays a bright undercover operative contracted to protect corporations and their CEOs from sabotage, embarrassment or physical harm. She infiltrates The East, a shadowy cult that’s hell bent on exposing large-scale corruption. Marling’s character Jane becomes a drifter »

- Lane Scarberry

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