Whether you have money, need money, or just want to keep up with what the government is doing with the money you pay in taxes, check out these 6 financial documentaries that every consumer should watch. Documentaries aren't what they used to be, with a narrator talking over boring stock footage. Instead, changes in technology have allowed many new and exciting films to be made, often replacing much of the television news that has been taken over by less important issues. However, don't expect to leave behind each of these films feeling super optimistic.
Capitalism: A Love Story
In this documentary, director Michael Moore dissects the ways in which consumers have lost financial power due to the strength of corporations. Unlike some documentaries that take on an issue from a broad perspective, Moore makes it very clear that he believes corporations need to be restricted in many of their actions for the county to succeed.
If you're looking for an overall picture of why the United States financial crisis happened, Charles Ferguson presents the story in this documentary, which is even narrated by Matt Damon. For less informed viewers, confusing terms are usually defined before being discussed, alongside graphs and charts to lead you through the financial downfall.
Maxed Out: Hard Times, Easy Credit and the Era of Predatory Lenders
As a consumer, there's a decent chance that you're doing much of your consuming with a credit card. The government is also going about much of its spending in the same way. This documentary, directed by James D. Scurlock, is a great tool for families concerned about their finances. On a more depressing note, it pretty much predicted the financial crisis in the United States before it happened.
Casino Jack and the United States Of Money
Gibney is probably going to scare your socks of with this film. It details the rise and fall of lobbyist Jack Abramoff, who used his skills to weasel into a position of power with government workers. The film demonstrates how the people you elect are sometimes a lot less concerned about the public's well-being than their own political success.
Director Patrick Creadon directed this film as an examination of how consumers and the public are often forced to go into debt to pay for the things they need. Once in debt, much of your power over a situation is lost, with the struggle to dig yourself out consuming your financial decisions. As a country, this bad financing can easily trickle down, causing citizens to use up much of their tax money to just pay off interest on loans.
Directed by Chris Smith, this documentary takes a look at a man named Michael Ruppert, an ex-cop who shared concerns about the financial disaster in the United States before it started moving downhill. Using Ruppert as the key example, Smith takes a look at how the extreme thinkers on both ends of the political spectrum often don't get the opportunity to share their insights on how the government is operating and about what kinds of problems loom ahead in the future.