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Creating Freedom: The Lottery of Birth (2013)

Not Rated | | Documentary, History | 21 June 2013 (USA)
THE LOTTERY OF BIRTH is the first in a three-part documentary series entitled 'Creating Freedom' exploring the relationship between freedom, power and control in Western democracies. The ... See full summary »


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Credited cast:
Michael Albert Michael Albert ... Himself
Stanley Aronowitz Stanley Aronowitz ... Himself
Tony Benn Tony Benn ... Himself
Nick Davies Nick Davies ... Himself
Daniel C. Dennett Daniel C. Dennett ... Himself (as Daniel Dennett)
Bill Fletcher Jr. Bill Fletcher Jr. ... Himself
George Monbiot George Monbiot ... Himself
Steven Pinker ... Himself
Jeff Schmidt Jeff Schmidt ... Himself
Vandana Shiva ... Herself
Kathleen Taylor Kathleen Taylor ... Herself
Nicholas Woodeson ... Narrator (voice)
Howard Zinn ... Himself


THE LOTTERY OF BIRTH is the first in a three-part documentary series entitled 'Creating Freedom' exploring the relationship between freedom, power and control in Western democracies. The series draws together interviews with some of the world's leading intellectuals, journalists and activists to offer an alternative perspective on today's society and the future we're creating. We do not choose to exist, or the environment we grow up in. Our starting point in life is one of passive reliance on forces over which we have no control. THE LOTTERY OF BIRTH shows that from birth onwards our minds are a battleground of competing forces: familial, educational, cultural, and professional. The outcome of this battle not only determines who we become, but the society that we create. Written by Anonymous

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10 September 2014 | by mohancraigSee all my reviews

I am not a hippie conformist and in fact I think they are wrong most of the time but I can admit that the window through which most of us us view the world is very narrow and I think it would benefit us all to expand our understanding of the world, this movie poses some very enlightened concepts that in my mind should be part of the regular college curricula as it is in many of the more enlightened countries around the world.

After I watched the film (for free on Hulu) I decided to leave a comment but they only accept comments from face-book or yahoo although while I was reviewing the comments some guy was calling fans of the film "pinkos" which doesn't make any sense since the film expressly calls for free thought and damns closed cultures that dictate preconceived dictates. I would have argued the stupidity of his argument but I don't have a face-book account.

I encourage everyone to watch this film at least once as it revolves around the quote of the once great Mahatma Gandhi "You must be the change you wish to see in the world". Nuff said.

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