The Corporate Coup d’État

  • Fred Peabody
  • Canada, United States
  • 2018
  • 90 min
  • World Premiere
  • Frontlight
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A democracy should protect its citizens, especially the most vulnerable among them, but increasingly the United States is failing to do so. This investigative and persuasive documentary blends the insights of philosophers, writers and journalists with the experiences of citizens of the Rust Belt in the U.S. Midwest, where the steel industry once flourished, but where closures and outsourcing have left urban areas desolate and hopeless. It’s here that Donald Trump finds some of his most fervent supporters, as he’s not considered part of the hated Washington establishment.

Journalist Chris Hedges argues that the crisis predates Donald Trump’s election by many years. Like his source of inspiration, the Canadian philosopher John Ralston Saul, Hedges regards Trump as the symptom rather than the disease. Decades ago, U.S. democracy began selling its soul to big corporations. Lobbyists and corporatism took control in Washington, gradually undermining the will of the people. Journalist Naomi Klein recently described Trump’s administration as a “corporate coup d’état.” Hedges and Ralston Saul argue that the real coup took place long before.


  • 90 min
  • color
  • DCP
  • Spoken languages: English
Fred Peabody
Executive producer
Peter Raymont for White Pine Pictures, Fred Peabody for White Pine Pictures, Steve Ord for White Pine Pictures, Jeff Cohen for White Pine Pictures, Hans Robert Eisenhauer for Ventana Film
Ventana Film
John Westheuser
James Yates
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