What happens when a butterfly flutters its wings? Does the air around it rumble and seethe, creating a hurricane on the other side of the globe? And when blue chip stocks suddenly plummet one day, how many workers lose their jobs or their pensions? The global market is not a neutral territory, but an unprecedented state of interconnections and interdependence. Circling the globe, director Carole Poliquin meets squatters in Paris, families living on welfare in Québec, factory workers in Thailand, teachers in Ontario, fish processors in Senegal and debt-ridden Mexicans. She also interviews some of the market speculators and fund managers who help dictate economies worldwide and yet, for the most part, remain indifferent to the consequences of their actions. Irreverent, witty and fearless, Turbulences highlights the unprecedented power of the financial markets and the threat they pose to democracy.
1998, 52 min 01 s
Best Documentary Award - Category: Mid-Length (tied with L'Épreuve du feu by Bernard Émond)
Rendez-vous Québec Cinéma
February 16 to 28 1998, Montréal - Canada
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