Shock doctrine

Naomi Klein’s much-acclaimed book “The Shock Doctrine” is the starting point for this strong documentary short that premiered in grand style at the 2007 Venice Film Festival. A collaboration with Alfonso and Jonás Cuarón.

The book argues that the free market policies of Nobel Laureate Milton Friedman have risen to prominence in some countries because of a deliberate strategy of certain leaders to exploit crises by pushing through controversial, exploitative policies while citizens were too busy emotionally and physically reeling from disasters or upheavals to create an effective resistance. It is implied that some man-made crises, such as the Iraq war, may have been created with the intention of pushing through these unpopular reforms in their wake.