Where Are We? How Did We Get Here?: Current Affair Videos

Where Are We? How Did We Get Here?: A Sampling of Current Affair Videos Currently Available at The Kansas City Public Library

 The Oil Crash

A Crude Awakening: The Oil Crash
An unforgettable and shocking wake-up call A Crude Awakening offers the rock-solid argument that the era of cheap oil is in the past. Relentless and clear-eyed this intensively-researched film drills deep into the uncomfortable realities of a world that is both addicted to fossil fuels and blissfully unaware of the looming "peak oil" crisis. Runtime: 85 min.

Hacking Democracy
The disturbingly shocking HBO documentary Hacking Democracy bravely tangles with our nation’s ills at the heart of democracy. Hacking Democracy takes a nonpartisan clear-eyed look at the secrecy cronyism and incompetence of elections in present-day America as it captures a citizen s movement intent on taking back elections--and democracy itself. It is hard to imagine a documentary this season that is more important to the civic life of the nation--let alone one that is so compelling and ultimately moving. Runtime: 81 min.

In Debt We Trust
While many Americans are "maxing out" on credit cards, there is a much deeper story: power is shifting into fewer hands...with frightening consequences. In Debt We Trust reveals a hitherto unknown cabal of credit card companies, lobbyists, media conglomerates and the Bush administration itself, which has colluded to deregulate the lending industry, ensuring that a culture of credit dependency can flourish. In the film, Schechter exposes the mechanisms and machinations behind the hidden financial and political complex that allows even the lowest wage earners to indebt themselves so heavily that house repossessions have become commonplace. One expert in the film goes so far as to dub this "21st-century serfdom." Runtime: 98 min.

Maxed Out

Maxed Out
Directed and written by James D. Scurlock, Maxed Out takes viewers on a journey deep inside the American style of debt where things seem fine as long as the minimum monthly payment arrives on time. Shocking and incisive Maxed Out paints a picture of a national nightmare which is all too real for most of us. Runtime: 87 min.

No End in Sight
The first film of its kind to chronicle the reasons behind Iraq’s descent into guerilla war, warlord rule, criminality and anarchy, No End in Sight is a jaw-dropping insider’s tale of wholesale incompetence, recklessness and venality. Runtime: 102 min.

…So Goes the Nation
Ohio proved to be a key state in the 2004 Presidential election and So Goes the Nation profiles exactly what happened there in the build-up to the big day. Runtime: 90 min.

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