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Ethos (2011)

Not Rated | | Documentary | 10 February 2011 (USA)
Hosted by twice Oscar nominated actor Woody Harrelson, Ethos explores the mechanisms in our systems that work against democracy, the environment and our own personal liberty.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Woody Harrelson ... Himself - Host
Justin Lewis Justin Lewis ... Himself - Author, Constructing Public Opinion
Bill Hogan Bill Hogan ... Himself - The Center for Public Integrity
Noam Chomsky ... Himself - Professor, MIT
Tony Benn Tony Benn ... Himself - Veteran British Parliament
Howard Zinn ... Himself - Author & Historian
Ray Anderson Ray Anderson ... Himself - CEO Interface
Samuel Epstein Samuel Epstein ... Himself - Professor of Environmental Medicine
Jane Akre Jane Akre ... Herself - Investigative Reporter
Robert Monks Robert Monks ... Himself - Corporate Governance Advisor
Sam Gibara Sam Gibara ... Himself - Chairman, Former CEO Goodyear
Ira Jackson Ira Jackson ... Himself - Director, Center for Business and Government, Harvard University
Pat Jackson Pat Jackson ... Himself - Colleague of Edward Bernays
Peter Levy Peter Levy ... Himself - Employee of Edward Bernays
Ann Bernays Ann Bernays ... Herself - Daughter of Edward Bernays (as Anne Bernays)
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This documentary examines the flaws in our systems, and the mechanisms that work against democracy and the environment. From conflicts of interests in politics and unregulated corporate power, to a news media that serves the interests of powerful elites; ETHOS explores the systems that lead us into over consumption and warfare. Too often the media celebrates aspects of our society that belong in the dark ages, while at the same time ignoring or ridiculing progressive thinking or ideas. Many aspects of the way our systems work almost guarantee our destruction as a society and that's what this film is about. Fractured societies, poverty, disparity, pollution, warfare. Is there something inherently wrong with the human race? Is that what we should think of ourselves? We have tried to set up forms of law and government that safeguard the public good. But, if the majority of people want to live in peace and justice in a clean environment and we look around at the world and see that isn't ... Written by Media For Action

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Political Documentary, Woody Harrelson, Ethos

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Not Rated
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 February 2011 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Budget:

$500,000 (estimated)
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1.78 : 1
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Woody Harrelson - Host: Every day we turn on the TV and there's more bad news. Another environmental catastrophe somewhere, or more starving refugees, or innocent victims in war zones. And most of us are busy trying to make ends meet in our own lives, and we see these images and we feel helpless to do anything about it. I think the deep shame we feel about that is paralyzing. Certainly one of the reasons we turn away.
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No new facts, but still important facts.
5 August 2018 | by deloudelouvainSee all my reviews

This documentary should be a mandatory watch, just to make people aware on how the world is in hands of a handful powerful families and that since centuries. Not that it will make any difference as the vast majority of this planet are sheep and will continue being sheep until their last breath. I don't think the powerful families like the Warburgs, JPMorgan, the Rothschilds, and the Rockefellers are scared that a documentary like this will change something in this corrupted system we all live. They perfectly understand, the normal human being is just a sheep you can simply control with consumerism, a handful of dollars, a creature that can be mold like they want it, by brainwashing them with fear and greed. The documentary is well done, with alot of fragments of other revealing documentaries like Zeitgeist. It's a very interesting documentary about how people have been manipulated since centuries, by the powerful families behind the scenes, using media, wars, politics and propaganda as their tools. With the narrating voice of Woody Harrelson, maybe not the best narrating voice but respect to him that he stands for his opinions and that he clearly is not a sheep. We, all together, could make a change, if like explained in this documentary we would boycot certain multi-nationals, by never buying anything from them. But that's just wishful thinking, we all know the vast majority of humans have difficulties for thinking by themselves. The flock is were they belong and nothing is going to change that, not even thousands of documentaries like this one. This planet is doomed and there is no escape from it.


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