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CAPITAL IN THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY

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A FILM BY JUSTIN PEMBERTON

Based on the international bestseller by rock-star economist Thomas Piketty (which sold over three million copies worldwide and landed Piketty on TIME Magazine’s list of most influential people), this captivating documentary is an eye-opening journey through wealth and power, a film that breaks the popular assumption that the accumulation of capital runs hand in hand with social progress, and shines a new light on today’s growing inequalities. Traveling through time, the film assembles accessible pop-culture references coupled with interviews of some of the world’s most influential experts delivering an insightful and empowering journey through the past and into our future.

NEW ZEALAND    2020    103 MINS.    KINO LORBER

Reviews

Based on “Thomas Piketty’s towering 2013 economic and historical survey of the dynamics of inequality… [Piketty] is not only a brilliant economist but also one with a gift for making complicated ideas accessible… (The film) keeps everything engaging and clear… Piketty ends the movie on an optimistic note. Creating a more equal society is possible from a technical standpoint, he says. The challenge is intellectual and political.”
– Ben Kenigsberg, The New York Times

“A fascinating and compelling way to look at the full sweep of the history of capitalism and its consequences in modern history.”
– Alissa Wilkinson, Vox

“A slick and engaging film that speeds through the history of modern capitalism.”
– John DeFore, The Hollywood Reporter

On the book Capital in the Twenty-First Century by Thomas Piketty:

“The most important economics book of the year—and maybe of the decade.”

– Paul Krugman, The New York Times

“A sweeping account of rising inequality... a book that nobody interested in a defining issue of our era can afford to ignore.”
– John Cassidy, The New Yorker

“[A] 700-page punch in the plutocracy’s pampered gut... It’s been half a century since a book of economic history broke out of its academic silo with such fireworks.”
– Giles Whittell, The Times (UK)

“An extraordinarily important book... an enthralling economic, social and political history.”
– Martin Wolf, Financial Times

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