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Encirclement: Neo-Liberalism Ensnares Democracy

Richard Brouillette / Canada / 2008 / 160 ' / French / S.T. English


Richard Brouillette
Richard Brouillette
Michel Lamothe
Simon Goulet
Alexandre Gravel
Éric Morin
Richard Brouillette & Esteban Bernatas
Kathleen Fleming
Anrà Médiatextes
Mixing: Éric Tessier & Studio Harmonie
NFB/ACIC Producers: Monique Létourneau & Pierre Lapointe

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Awards & Festivals

Official Selection: Rencontres internationales du documentaire de Montréal, 2008
Official Selection: Rendez-Vous du cinéma québecois, 2009
Official Selection: Berlinale, 2009
Official Selection: Buenos Aires Festival Internacional de Cine Independiente, 2009
Official Selection: Festival de cinéma des trois Amériques, 2009
Official Selection: Festival cinematográfico internacional del Uruguay, 2009
Official Selection: Documenta Madrid, 2009
Official Selection: Festival international de cinéma francophone en Acadie, 2009
Official Selection: Vancouver International Film Festival, 2009
Official Selection: Festival do Rio, 2009
Official Selection: Festival du film de Gand, 2009
Official Selection: International Film Festival Bratislava, 2009
Official Selection: Leeds International Film Festival, 2009
Official Selection: Oslo Internasjonale Filmfestival, 2009

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This doc sketches a portrait of neo-liberal ideology and examines the various mechanisms used to impose its dictates throughout the world.


Drawing upon the thinking and analyses of renowned intellectuals, this documentary sketches a portrait of neo-liberal ideology and examines the various mechanisms used to impose its dictates throughout the world.
Neo-liberalism’s one-size-fits-all dogmas are well known: deregulation, reducing the role of the State, privatization, limiting inflation rather than unemployment, etc. In other words, depoliticizing the economy and putting it into the hands of the financial class. And these dogmas are gradually settling into our consciousness because they’re being broadcast across a vast and pervasive network of propaganda. 

In fact, beginning with the founding in 1947 of the Mont Pèlerin Society, neo-liberal think tanks financed by multinational companies and big money have propagated neo-liberal ideas in universities, in the media, and in governments.

This ideology, convinced of its historical and scientific validity – as proven, in particular, by the fall of the Soviet Union – has intoxicated all governments, left and right alike. In fact, since the end of the Cold War, the rate of neo-liberal reforms has increased dramatically. Often imposed with force, either through the structural adjustment plans of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank, under the pressure of financial markets and multinationals, or even by outright war, the neo-liberal doctrine has now reached every corner of the planet.

But behind the ideological smokescreen, behind the neat concepts of natural order and the harmony of interests in a free market, beyond the panacea of the "invisible hand," what is really going on?


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