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Netfa Freeman

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May 18, 2010
12:00 am to 2:00 am


Busboys & Poets
14th & V Street NW
Washington, DC, USA

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Film: 'PLUNDER: The Crime of Our Time'

A new documentary by Danny Schechter looking at the financial crisis, not as a business or a political story, but as a crime story.

Join IPS for this free screening, a culmination of the Showdown on K Street activities that includes a post screening discussion with the filmmaker and others. The film, by Danny Schechter (aka "The News Dissector"), explores how the financial crisis was built on a foundation of criminal activity uncovering the connection between the collapse of the housing market and the economic catastrophe that followed.

PLUNDER: The Cime of Our Time shows how certain firms created special securities to repackage and resell as dubious loans after they were re-rated as Triple A. The film exposes how these firms leveraged these investments to recklessly put trillions of dollars and the world economy at risk.

Post screening panel:

  • Erica Smiley, Southern Regional Organizer, Jobs with Justice.
  • Karen Dolan, IPS fellow and director of the Cities for Progress and Cities for Peace projects.
  • Danny Schechter, “The News Dissector,” an independent filmmaker and TV producer with the award-winning independent company, Globalvision.
  • Moderated by James Early, IPS Board Member and Director of Cultural Studies and Communications at the Smithsonian Center for Folklife & Culture

Space is limited so please RSVP to netfa@ips-dc.org.