Films on Corporate Practices and Health

Feature Films

 Too Big to Fail (2011). This feature film maps the 2008 financial crisis with Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson as protagonist.

Fast Food Nation (2006). This fictionalized version of the book by the same title looks at the impact of fast food and corporate control over food production on health, society and the environment.

The Constant Gardener (2005) Based on the John Le Carre novel by the same title, The Constant Gardener explores how pharmaceutical companies knowingly test dangerous AIDs drugs on populations of developing countries.

Side Effects (2005). A film about a young pharmaceutical rep who is torn between earning a good living and living a good life.

Thank You for Smoking (2005). A satirical look at the practices of the tobacco, alcohol and gun industries and their impact on health.

The Runaway Jury (2003). Based on a John Grisham thriller about the tobacco industry’s efforts to manipulate juries, the film switches to the gun industry’s role in avoiding liability damages.

A Civil Action (1998). A slick lawyer takes on two giant chemical companies for their pollution of a town’s water.

Class Action (1991). Courtroom drama in which father and daughter represent opposite sides in a suit against a negligent auto company.

 

Documentaries

Fed Up (2014). An examination of how the food industry contributes to America’s obesity epidemic

Food Chains (2014). A look at food workers in America and the challenges they face at the hand of corporations- in this case, supermarkets.

Inside Job (2011). Feature-length documentary about the 2008 financial crisis

Corporate Fascism: The Destruction of America’s Middle Class (2010). How do corporates impact our political system?

Food Inc. (2008). An eye-opening look at how corporations control the food industry

Forks Over Knives (2008). Investigates how the major diseases of our time- chronic diseases related to lifestyle, can be combatted by a diet that rejects processed and animal-based foods.

Poultrygeist (2007) “Poultrygeist” is a satirical look at the fast food industry, examining what happens when “American Chicken Bunker,” a military-themed fried-chicken chain, builds a restaurant on the site of an ancient Indian burial ground. The film was written by a fast-food employee, produced with the support of PETA, and shot almost entirely through volunteer effort.

Bad Seed: the Truth about our Food (2006). An examination of the hidden costs of genetic engineering of food told through the perspectives of farmers, victims of genetically-engineered products, leading scientists, food safety advocates and more.

Big Bucks, Big Pharma: Marketing Disease & Pushing Drugs. This documentary examines how pharmaceutical companies profit through the creation, definition, and redefintion of disease, direct marketing of pharmaceutical products to consumers, and the increasing medicalization of mental and physical health.

The Future of Food (2004) Looking at the effects of genetic engineering in Mexico, the United States and Canada, this film explores the health impact of genetically engineered food and the dangers of increased corporate control over the food system.

Supersize me (2004) Filmmaker Morgan Spurlock examines the impact of fast food consumption by eating nothing but McDonalds food for 30 days and by looking at the impact of the fast food industry on health and society.

The Corporation (2003) Using case studies, this documentary examines corporations through a psychological lens, argues that corporations fit the criteria for psychopathy, and highlights the dangers that corporate practices can have on the environment and society.

Deadly Deception (1991). This academy-award winning documentary bringing to light the side effects caused by the General Electric Company’s production of nuclear materials.

 

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