Skip to main content

CORPORATION, THE

Canada, 2004 (MIFF 2004, Documentaries)

Director: Mark Achbar

The Corporation Canada

The CEO of Interface, a massive global manufacturing conglomerate, thinks this planet can support life for 30 to 50 more years and then it's lights out! Mark Achbar (Manufacturing Consent: Noam Chomsky and the Media) and Jennifer Abbott's scathing new work combines humour, investigative journalism and commentary from the experts best placed to unmask the most insidious, destructive institution operating on the planet today: the corporation.

Luminaries such as Noam Chomsky and Michael Moore, as well as a cast of corporate criminals, dissect a legal entity that has been responsible for excesses worse than the combined efforts of every warlord, dictator or natural disaster. As a linking comic device between 'chapters', the filmmmkers apply a psychiatric test that reveals that everyday corporate 'serial behaviors''lying, manipulation, inability to relate to others' safety'are on par with the most antisocial, psychopathic individual. If corporations were people we would lock them up and throw away the key. Winner of Audience Awards at Sundance, Toronto and Vancouver Film Festivals.

Mark Achbar is a guest of the Festival.

D Mark Achbar, Jennifer Abbott P Bart Simpson, Mark Achbar S Harold Crooks, Joel Bakan, Mark Achbar WS Films Transit International L English, Spanish w/English subtitles TD 35m/Col/2003/145mins

Mark Achbar was born in Ottawa, Canada in 1955. Films include: Two Brides and a Scalpel: Diary of a Lesbian Marriage (1999).

Jennifer Abbott was born in Canada in 1965. Films: A Cow at My Table (1998).

See also...

GO FURTHER

Go Further Canada'Dubbed 'The next Bowling For Columbine' at last year's Toronto Film Festival. A much needed dose of levity for the eco-movement, Ron Mann's (Twist, MIFF 1993; Grass MIFF 2000) road ... More »

Casuistry: the art of killing a cat

[Casuistry: The Art of Killing a Cat], which premiered at last year's Toronto Film Festival, is an examination into one of Canada's most notorious, abhorrent animal cruelty cases. This challenging ... More »

shipbreakers

[Shipbreakers] is a portrait of the vast and polluted Indian port of Alang, Gujurat, where some of the largest ships afloat come to die. About 40,000 people live and work in Alang, dismembering by ... More »

The Take

"Occupy. Resist. Produce." The catchcry of Movement of Recovered Companies fuels Argentina's out-of-work employees in their efforts to re-start the factories following the country's spectacular ... More »

STORIES WE TELL

"A joy. Polley has a gripping tale to tell: a portrait of a marriage that is full of enormous richness, tenderness and emotional complexity. Fascinating and poignant, it's a great pleasure to watch." ... More »

SONGOLOLO VOICES OF CHANGE

Filmed in South Africa in late 1989, Songololo offers an exciting glimpse of the changes now taking place in that country. Avoiding the temptation to rehearse once again stories of the horrors of ... More »

Select a festival
Search The Film Archive
Browse By Director