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by The wanderer (subscribe)
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Published June 3rd 2015
Humorous and thought provoking documentary
Why as individuals and societies have we become so used to the words: inequality, unfairness, injustice, discrimination?

The Emperor's New Clothes, directed by Michael Winterbottom and starring actor/activist Russell Brand explores these very issues, focusing mainly on income and wealth inequality across the globe.

Throughout the film, Russell Brand conducts a few interviews with people in the banking and financial sectors, in order to give the audience and himself a better understanding of why the rich are becoming wealthier, while the poor keep struggling and facing the consequences of a corrupted banking system.

Large corporations of everyday products we all consume and services we all use, avoid taxes by simply changing an address, bankers give themselves disproportionate unjustified pay rises, while the average citizen still pays taxes, struggles with increased living costs and has no time or interest to keep up with these issues because of long working hours and little time to themselves and their families.

Brand raises the issue of how countries are going to maintain certain industries and employment if their young citizens are not going to university, because they simply cannot afford the sky high fees? Why should students have to worry about paying thousands in uni fees when they can't even be guaranteed employment or a fair wage?

Russell Brand explores all these topics with practical examples that even primary school kids understand. He provides in-depth information and many facts, numbers and statistics are mentioned, however little practical suggestions to fix these issues are brought forward.

So perhaps the intention of this documentary is not to tell us what we ought to do to change things, but to inform us and open our eyes to these issues that are affecting each one of us. From the things we do or can't do because of money to the time we lose trying to make ends meet and the size of the dreams we have and the money we earn to make them a reality or keep them an illusion.

It is thought provoking, full of sarcasm and slightly depressing, but funny… because it is all true, we trust too much in companies we don't know about with our money, our life savings, our time and our labour. Is it apathy? Is it the master minds of marketing shaping our brains to trust these capitalist monsters?

The Emperor's New Clothes will make you think, laugh and feel completely astonished at some of the money figures shown, it might also leave you feeling completely disheartened about our current banking system, after all, would you trust your life's savings to a guy with the name of Bob Diamond?

The Emperor's New Clothes will be released on June 11th at selected cinemas.
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