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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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At 43:50, Daniel Ellsberg appears with the text "Former US Military Anylist". It should be correctly spelled "analyst. See more »

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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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Important lesson
22 April 2012 | by alantasSee all my reviews

Yes, we have seen these arguments, theories and facts before, yet it seems people are unable to learn them. They rather watch Discovery Channel which instead of showing documentaries of discoveries, is a day long automobile commercial (not to mention the much worse channels out there). So this kind of documentary can't be done too many times. It must be repeated until it sinks in and people starting to make their decisions with responsibility. And it also would help if more people see it. The most positive aspects of this film are:

-Its narrative isn't too complex and strictly sticks to the essentials -it hasn't got extra ideology in it like Zeitgeist (however its style is very similar).

-It offers at the end a very good solution since not much else you can do to affect things. But if you are not an obsessive consumer and have a common sense, you have probably already figured that out.

-Woody Harrelson is a great host

Looking forward to the day when a documentary like this will be broadcast on major prime time televisions. I know it's naive because they are all owned by corporations or the state (which is owned by corporations). So the best thing is to spread the word. Very good documentary, highly recommended.


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