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Ethos (2011)

Not Rated | | Documentary | 10 February 2011 (USA)
Hosted by twice Oscar nominated actor Woody Harrelson, Ethos explores the mechanisms in our systems that work against democracy, the environment and our own personal liberty.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Woody Harrelson ... Himself - Host
Justin Lewis Justin Lewis ... Himself - Author, Constructing Public Opinion
Bill Hogan Bill Hogan ... Himself - The Center for Public Integrity
Noam Chomsky ... Himself - Professor, MIT
Tony Benn Tony Benn ... Himself - Veteran British Parliament
Howard Zinn ... Himself - Author & Historian
Ray Anderson Ray Anderson ... Himself - CEO Interface
Samuel Epstein Samuel Epstein ... Himself - Professor of Environmental Medicine
Jane Akre Jane Akre ... Herself - Investigative Reporter
Robert Monks Robert Monks ... Himself - Corporate Governance Advisor
Sam Gibara Sam Gibara ... Himself - Chairman, Former CEO Goodyear
Ira Jackson Ira Jackson ... Himself - Director, Center for Business and Government, Harvard University
Pat Jackson Pat Jackson ... Himself - Colleague of Edward Bernays
Peter Levy Peter Levy ... Himself - Employee of Edward Bernays
Ann Bernays Ann Bernays ... Herself - Daughter of Edward Bernays (as Anne Bernays)
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Storyline

This documentary examines the flaws in our systems, and the mechanisms that work against democracy and the environment. From conflicts of interests in politics and unregulated corporate power, to a news media that serves the interests of powerful elites; ETHOS explores the systems that lead us into over consumption and warfare. Too often the media celebrates aspects of our society that belong in the dark ages, while at the same time ignoring or ridiculing progressive thinking or ideas. Many aspects of the way our systems work almost guarantee our destruction as a society and that's what this film is about. Fractured societies, poverty, disparity, pollution, warfare. Is there something inherently wrong with the human race? Is that what we should think of ourselves? We have tried to set up forms of law and government that safeguard the public good. But, if the majority of people want to live in peace and justice in a clean environment and we look around at the world and see that isn't ... Written by Media For Action

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Political Documentary, Woody Harrelson, Ethos

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Documentary

Certificate:

Not Rated
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 February 2011 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Budget:

$500,000 (estimated)
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1.78 : 1
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At 43:50, Daniel Ellsberg appears with the text "Former US Military Anylist". It should be correctly spelled "analyst. See more »

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[first lines]
Woody Harrelson - Host: Every day we turn on the TV and there's more bad news. Another environmental catastrophe somewhere, or more starving refugees, or innocent victims in war zones. And most of us are busy trying to make ends meet in our own lives, and we see these images and we feel helpless to do anything about it. I think the deep shame we feel about that is paralyzing. Certainly one of the reasons we turn away.
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Important stuff we've seen before
16 August 2012 | by targa9See all my reviews

After about 20 minutes of watching, I realize I've seen much of this stuff before. If you've seen "The Corporation" or "Zeitgeist" or other documentaries, then this film seems like a hodge-podge of them. I was disappointed and shut it off 60% through because I honestly thought I had seen it before. Then I come to IMDb and others are saying the same thing: it's an important, yet unoriginal and incomplete documentary. The part about the Federal Reserve and the central bank does enough to just pique your interest, but doesn't tell us who these guys are (Woody himself says "we don't know who these guys are" and we don't find out in the film, either). It just leaves us at the Great Depression, how the Warburgs, JPMorgan, Rothschilds, and Rockefellers had a hand in creating an international debt system. Yet there was no modern-day examples. I didn't get to the part where they talk about how we can change society, however, in a "simple yet effective way". I wonder what they proposed?


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