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Ethos Genesis (2015) | Documentary

Ethos Genesis is a 2015 update of the highly acclaimed 2011 documentary film ETHOS directed by activist Pete McGrain and hosted by Woody Harrelson.

Pete McGrain teamed up with Woody Harrelson in order to reach a wider audience, but the film had to be cooled down for broadcast networks before it could be released.

This 2015 version of the film replaces Woody Harrelson with Pete McGrain’s hard hitting commentary from the unreleased original, but keeps the material produced for the final release, as well as adding new footage from The True Cost to support McGrain’s more frank and candid conclusion.

Pete McGrain takes us through the many different facets that make up today’s current capitalist system, including economics, media, politics and war, and presents the position that we need to re-evaluate our ethos – our fundamental beliefs and values – and consider the fact that the faith we have in the way the system works may be severely misguided. McGrain concludes that we need to change, and we can effectively begin by the way we choose to spend our money.

The documentary features interviews from some of the world’s most influential critical thinkers, including Noam Chomsky, Chalmers Johnson, Michael Moore and Howard Zinn (to name just a few), as well as footage from some of today’s most important and successful documentaries, including:

Hijacking Catastrophe (2004)
The Corporation (2003)
Manufacturing Consent (1992)
Zeitgeist (2007)
The Carlyle Connection (2009)
Why We Fight (2005)
The True Cost (2015)


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