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Billionaires’ Tea Party: How Corporate America is Faking a Grassroots Revolution

Synopsis
In the summer of 2009, shortly after Barack Obama and a Democratic Congress swept to power promising a new era of hope and change, a citizens protest movement emerged out of nowhere threatening to derail their agenda. Some said this uprising was the epitome of grassroots democracy. Others said it was a classic example of ‘astroturfing’ -- an elaborate corporate public relations effort designed to create the impression of a spontaneous uprising. Curious to find out for himself, Australian filmmaker Taki Oldham goes undercover into the heart of the movement. He visits raucous healthcare town hall meetings where irate voters parrot insurance industry PR; learns that home-grown "citizen groups" challenging the science behind climate change are funded by big oil companies; and infiltrates a tea party movement whose anti-government rage turns out to be less the product of populist rage than of corporate strategy. in the end, THE BILLIONAIRE’S TEAPARTY offers a terrifying look at how corporate elites are exploiting the anxieties of ordinary Americans -- capitalizing on anger, resentment, and paranoia to advance a narrow, often anti-democratic, agenda.
Language
English
Country
Australia
Year of release
2011
Year of production
2011
Subjects
Social Studies; Politics & government
Keywords
multinational corporations; political campaigns; political movements; United States of America; tea-party movement

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Delivery
Streamed

Credits

Director
Taki Oldham

Distribution Formats

Type
DVD
Format
Region 1 NTSC
Price
$250.00 (MEF)
Availability
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Duration/Size
54 minutes
Year
2011

Production Company

Name

Larrikin Films

Distributor

Name

Media Education Foundation

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