It's the Economy, Stupid!

It's the Economy, Stupid!

OVID is proud to have assembled a preeminent collection of films and documentary series on labor, economic injustice (and efforts towards justice), capitalism, economic history, political economy and related issues. Some of our films are didactic, others quietly observational.

Michael Apted’s 56 UP is of course a classic of class consciousness, and an X-ray of British society, and Ilan Ziv’s CAPITALISM is a monumental series on the history of economic ideas, and of our economic system. You will find here films from around the world, from China and South Africa, and others made close to home in Muncie, Indiana, and Washington, DC. Some are biting critiques of current conflicts, others point the way towards a more hopeful and fair future.

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It's the Economy, Stupid!
  • Capitalism: A six-part series

    1 season

    Capitalism has been the engine of unprecedented economic growth and social transformation. With the fall of the communist states and the triumph of "neo- liberalism," capitalism is by far the world's dominant ideology. But how much do we understand about how it originated, and what makes it work?...

  • Domestic Labor

    3 videos

    Three films on domestic labor and the complicated relationships that follow.

  • The Forgotten Space

    Directed by Allan Sekula & Noel Burch • Documentary • 2010 • 112 minutes

    The 'forgotten space' of Allan Sekula and Noel Burch's essay film is the sea, the oceans through which 90% of the world's cargo now passes. At the heart of this space is the container box, which, since its invention in the ...

  • Profit and Nothing But!

    Directed by Raoul Peck • Documentary • 2001 • 52 minutes

    Who said that the economy serves mankind? What is this world where one third of the population, in the rich countries, or more precisely the wealthiest two percent in these countries, control everything? A world where the economy is law, w...

  • The Corporate Coup d'État

    Directed by Fred Peabody • Documentary • With Chris Hedges, Phillip Martin, Sarah Jaffe, Matt Taibbi, Lee Fang, John Ralston Saul • 2018 • 90 minutes

    This investigative documentary exposes how corporations and billionaires have taken control of the American political process, and in doing so hav...

  • Chicago Boys

    Directed by Carola Fuentes and Rafael Valdeavellano • Documentary • 2015 • 85 minutes

    In the middle of the Cold War, the University of Chicago gave scholarships to a group of Chilean students to study economics under the teachings of Milton Friedman. Twenty years later, during Pinochet's dictato...

  • Time Thieves

    Directed by Cosima Dannoritzer • Documentary • 2018 • 85 minutes

    Who hasn’t come across the situation where an airline has us printing our own boarding passes and checking in our own luggage, saving the company a fortune in working hours? Who hasn’t spent hours assembling a piece of furniture, o...

  • Dying for Gold

    Directed by Catherine Meyburgh & Richard Pakleppa • Documentary • 2019 • 98 minutes

    In the biggest class action law suit the country had ever seen, South Africa’s largest gold mining companies were accused of knowingly exposing miners to deadly dust and disease.

    Now, harrowing underground foota...

  • Xmas Without China

    Directed by Alicia Dwyer • Documentary • 2013 • 63 minutes

    Exploring the intersection of consumerism and immigration in American culture, XMAS WITHOUT CHINA is an intimate portrait of families wrestling with our drive to consume cheap products, but also with our desire for human connection and a...

  • The Clearstream Affair

    Directed by Vincent Garenq • Drama • With Gilles Lellouche, Charles Berling, Laurent Capelluto, Florence Loiret Caille, Grégoire Bonnet • 2016 • 102 minutes

    In this ripped-from-the-headlines French thriller, journalist Denis Robert (Point Blank's Gilles Lellouche) sets the world of finance ablaz...

  • System Error

    Directed by Florian Opitz • Documentary • 2017 • 96 minutes

    SYSTEM ERROR takes us from to the roots of the expectation of unlimited growth, particularly in the post-World War II years, to the financial crash of 2008 and beyond. Does the subsequent decade of simultaneous inequality, austerity, an...

  • No Gods, No Masters: A History of Anarchism

    3 videos

    The Russian Revolution. The Spanish Republic. The Paris Commune. The Ukrainian revolution. The Mexican Revolution. From the late 19th century until World War II, anarchists played a key role in these events and in social movements that would shape the world we live in.

    Yet these contributions a...

  • 56 UP

    Directed by Michael Apted • Documentary • With Bruce Balden, Jacqueline Basset, Symon Basterfield, Andrew Brackfield, John Brisby, Suzanne Dewey, Nicholas Hitchon, Neil Hughes, Lynn Johnson, Paul Kligerman, Susan Sullivan, Tony Walker, Charles Furneaux • 2012 • 138 minutes

    ”Give me the child ...

  • Bitter Money

    Directed by Wang Bing • Documentary • 2016 • 152 minutes

    The people in Wang Bing's BITTER MONEY lie in filthy, cramped apartments, stare at their phones for far too long, spend time on their balconies overlooking drab streets in which all the buildings look the same, and work long hours for litt...

  • Cafe

    Directed by Hatuey Viveros Lavielle • Documentary • 2014 • 80 minutes

    Jorge is preparing to graduate from law school-the first person from his mountain village in Mexico ever to do so. Chayo, his pregnant 16-year-old sister, faces the most difficult decision of her young life. Meanwhile their qu...

  • Company Town

    Directed by Deborah Kaufman, Alan Snitow • Documentary • 2017 • 77 minutes

    The once free-spirited city of San Francisco is now a 'Company Town,' a playground for tech moguls of the 'sharing economy.' Airbnb is the biggest hotel, Uber privatizes transit. And now these companies want political pow...

  • Company Town

    Directed by Natalie Kottke-Masocco & Erica Sardarian • Documentary • 2017 • 90 minutes

    Crossett, Arkansas is home to about 5,500 people, one Georgia-Pacific paper and chemical plant owned by the billionaire Koch brothers, and a startling rate of cancer and illness. This documentary follows local...

  • The Cost of Living

    Directed by Sean Blacknell & Wayne Walsh • Documentary • With Annie Miller, David Graeber, Diane Coyle, George Monbiot, Guy Standing • 45 minutes

    THE COST OF LIVING is a documentary that explores the current socio-economic state of Britain and considers how the idea of a basic income could minim...

  • Dark Eden

    Directed by Jasmin Herold and Michael Beamish • Documentary • 2018 • 80 minutes

    On a journey for an answer to the question, "How high is the price for a better life?", the directors explore Fort McMurray in the far north of Canada, home of the largest industrial project and the third largest oil...

  • Downtown Dream

    Directed by Aaron Matthews • Documentary • 2013 • 45 minutes

    For decades, small town life in the United States has been quietly eroding. But there are overlooked stories amidst the talk of America's economic decline: the stories of individual men and women in the 'Rust Belt' community in Lewisto...

  • The Enemy Within

    Directed by Owen Gower • Documentary • 2015 • 112 minutes

    In 1984, a Conservative government under Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher declared war on Britain's unions, taking on the strongest in the country, the National Union of Mineworkers. Following a secret plan, the government began announcin...

  • Family Business

    Directed by Tom Cohen • Documentary • 1982 • 90 minutes

    Part of the acclaimed Middletown series.

    Howie Snyder is an archetype: a retired Marine colonel in his mid 40s, he is an American entrepreneur struggling to make his business succeed.

    Howie's Shakey's Pizza franchise in Muncie, Indiana em...

  • Fate of a Salesman

    Directed by Ben Crosbie and Tessa Moran • Documentary • 2013 • 27 minutes

    Fate of a Salesman is an intimate portrait of a way of life on the verge of disappearing. In its 60th year of business, Men's Fashion Center in Washington, DC has come to represent identity, legacy and redemption for sales...

  • Food Coop

    Directed by Tom Boothe • Documentary • 2017 • 97 minutes

    FOOD COOP takes us deep into the belly of the Park Slope Food Coop, one of America's oldest cooperative food supermarkets, with a healthy dose of insight and wit.

    Nestled deep in New York City, which, for many, exemplifies both the glory ...