Ethos Genesis was my first documentary film. It is a 2015 updated version of the highly acclaimed ETHOS (2011) by director Pete McGrain which was hosted by Woody Harrelson.
For the 2011 film, McGrain teamed up with Woody Harrelson in order to reach a wider audience, but this also meant that his original commentary had to be censored for broadcast networks before it was released.
With Pete McGrain’s blessing, this 2015 cut of the film replaces Woody Harrelson with McGrain’s original commentary from the unreleased original, but keeps the material produced for the final release, as well as adding new footage from the documentary The True Cost to support McGrain’s more frank and candid opinion.
McGrain takes us through the many different facets that make up today’s current 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 that the current way of doing things may be severely misguided.
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)
The Carlyle Connection (2009)
Why We Fight (2005)
The True Cost (2015)
McGrain concludes that we need a to create a different narrative – a different ethos, and we can effectively begin by the way we choose to spend our money.
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