Disaster Capitalism, Dir. Thor Neureiter, Australia, 2018, 52 mins, English / Arabic / Haitian / Tok Pisin with English subtitles
This documentary reveals the underbelly of the global aid and investment industry, a complex web of interests that encompasses powerful nations, multinational corporations and village leaders. Disaster Capitalism offers unique insights into a multi-billion dollar world by investigating how aid dollars are spent.
Bestselling journalist and author Antony Loewenstein joins award-winning filmmaker Thor Neureiter on a six-year investigation into this world and the ramifications of disaster capitalism in Afghanistan, Haiti and Papua New Guinea. There are ideological, economic, political and corporate connections between all three states.
Told through Loewenstein’s eyes and with compelling characters, we weave them together to show viewers the dark side of Western aid. How did we get here? How can it change and who is leading it? What role and responsibility lies with Western governments? As the long-term journey unfolds, Disaster Capitalism will provide unique insight into one of the most challenging issues of our age.