Naomi Klein’s 2007 book, The Shock Doctrine, has been adapted into an eye-opening documentary, showcasing the devastating impacts of neo-liberal capitalism on individuals and nations alike. The film follows Klein’s investigation of what she calls “disaster capitalism,” wherein capitalist forces use natural disasters, war and terror to further their dominance.
The documentary paints a vivid picture of the human toll of this type of systemic oppression, and the struggles of people around the world to survive in spite of it. Through powerful interviews with activists and experts alike, viewers get a look at how these systems have impacted communities in various countries from Iraq to Sri Lanka. The filmmakers provide compelling evidence that such practices are used more frequently than one might think – whether through economic exploitation or military intervention – creating a host of problems for those affected by them.
The Shock Doctrine is not just an indictment of neo-liberal capitalism; it’s also a call to action. It encourages viewers to examine how they may be complicit in enabling disaster capitalism and how they can work actively towards dismantling it. By taking part in movements for social justice both locally and across borders, we can push back against oppressive systems like neo-liberalism and support those who are struggling under its weight.
For those looking for another way forward, The Shock Doctrine is a must-watch documentary that provides an unflinching look at how our current systems are failing us all. We strongly encourage viewers to take up the challenge posed by this powerful piece of filmmaking: let’s commit ourselves to building a better world where everyone can thrive without fear or exploitation.