The U.S. Capitol building at twilight, against a purple sky

The Corporate Coup D’État

Hot Docs Film Festival

If you think Amazon and Apple are controlling your life, you may sadly be right. Canadian philosopher John Ralston Saul coined the term “corporate coup d’état” in his 1995 CBC Massey Lecture The Unconscious Civilization. Applied to the United States, his theory has gained credence over the last two decades and four presidencies, especially given the sense of dread inspired by the current commander-in-chief.. In the words of Pulitzer-winning journalist Chris Hedges, “Donald Trump is not an anomaly. He is the grotesque visage of a collapsed democracy”—and the creeping takeover that began 45 years ago is now complete. As the income gap widens and corporations gain increasing control over public policy, director Fred Peabody challenges the media, government and citizens to wake up and take action before the coup d’état erases the individual rights our democracy defends.

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April 29, 9:30 PM (closed captions)
Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema,

April 30, 10:00 AM (closed captions)
Isabel Bader Theatre, 93 Charles Street West

May 3, 12:00 PM (open captions)
Hart House Theatre, 7 Hart House Circle