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First-time filmmaker Jamie Johnson, a 23-year-old heir to the Johnson & Johnson pharmaceutical fortune, captures the rituals, worries and social customs of the young Trumps, Vanderbilts, Newhouses and Bloombergs in the documentary special, BORN RICH, a 2003 Sundance Film Festival selection. Offering candid insights into the privileges and burdens of inheriting more money than most people will earn in a lifetime.

Narrated by Johnson, a history student at New York University, and filmed over a three-year period, BORN RICH spotlights ten young adults who came into the world knowing they would never have to work a day in their lives. These society-column names speak frankly about the one subject they all know is taboo: money.

With his unfettered access to this rarified subculture, Johnson explores topics such as the anxieties of being “cut off,” and the misconception that money can solve all problems. “Most wealthy people are told from a very young age not to talk about money,” notes Johnson. “Consequently, they are extremely reluctant to speak to people about their backgrounds. Also, many of the subjects in my film already have more public recognition than they may want, and have very little to gain by receiving more.” Among the peers Johnson interviews are: Josiah Hornblower, heir to the Vanderbilt and Whitney fortunes; S.I. Newhouse IV, of the Conde Nast Newhouses; Ivanka Trump, daughter of Donald Trump; and Georgianna Bloomberg, daughter of New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

The story begins with the advent of the filmmaker’s 21st birthday, and his mingled anticipation and fear of receiving his portion of the family inheritance. Unsure about the future direction of his own life, Johnson decides to document the experiences of his privileged peers in dealing with their family’s legacies. He explores their candid perspectives on subjects ranging from life philosophies and trust funds to prenuptial agreements and career choices, ultimately revealing their common struggle to discover their own identity.

^ I've seen this! Hectic the amount of money. It's worth a watch. Cannot fathom a life where the children are born with 4 billion dollars and inheriting 20+ billion dollar estates.
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Very good documentary about Warren Buffett

Becoming Warren Buffett 2017 (HBO Documentary Films)

With a net worth of more than $60 billion, Warren Buffett is truly a one-of-a-kind billionaire. Now 86, the legendary investor still lives in a modest home in Omaha, and continues to drive himself to the office every morning to manage Berkshire Hathaway, the fourth-largest public company in the world. But more surprising than his humble lifestyle and self-effacing personality are Buffett’s moral integrity and unique mind, which drove him not only to become the most successful businessman in the world, but also an unparalleled philanthropist. 

With unprecedented access to his day-to-day personal life, Becoming Warren Buffett tells the improbable story of how an ambitious, numbers-obsessed boy from Nebraska became one of the richest, most-respected men in the world. The definitive documentary on Buffett, this candid portrait sheds new light on a man who has helped shape the way Americans view capitalism and, more recently, philanthropy. Told primarily in Buffett’s own words, the film features never-before-released home videos, family photographs, archival footage and interviews with family and friends.

Buffett, along with partner Charlie Munger, would build his fortune at Berkshire Hathaway, a struggling textile company that he turned into a behemoth holding corporation with stakes in Coke, Heinz, Geico and other blue-chip companies. Tracing his ascent from first-time investor to business maven, the documentary delves into the highs and lows of Buffett’s career and personal life, from becoming a father of three and the world’s richest businessman, to weathering the Salomon Brothers treasury bond trading scandal, which threatened his sterling reputation, the loss of his wife and first love, Susie Thompson Buffett, and what led him to make the largest philanthropic donation in history.

Kunhardt Films’ HBO credits include the Emmy-nominated Nixon by Nixon: In His Own Words, the Emmy-nominated Gloria: In Her Own Words, the Emmy-winning Teddy: In His Own Words and the Emmy-winning Jim: The James Foley Story.

Becoming Warren Buffett is a co-production of HBO and Kunhardt Films; directed by Peter Kunhardt; produced by Teddy Kunhardt and George Kunhardt. For HBO: senior producer Jacqueline Glover; executive producer Sheila Nevins


This film, titled “Not Business As Usual,” takes a provocative look at capitalism and the price of success. According to Jay Coen Gilbert, co-founder of B Lab, twentieth century capitalism has one rule in its operating system which is that the purpose of the corporation is to maximize shareholder value exclusively, even if that means that there are significant unintended consequences.

It’s amazing how consumers have an unshakeable trust in the products they buy without bothering to check the ingredients or the manufacturer. History has taught us that on many occasions a product that was deemed “harmless for human consumption” turned out to be toxic or poisonous. Yet consumers continue to blindly buy whatever is placed out there and businesses make a whopping profit.

This happens because the mentality that “people who are successful have stuff” has shaped the minds of generations since WWII. And so people get into the habit of accumulating a lot of unnecessary items because big companies have consistently encouraged them to do so. Most people are convinced that in order to look and feel successful they have to have a lot of possessions. For businesses and manufacturing companies it has become all about making a profit. Never mind the effect of this on society or the environment.

The inevitable questions we need to analyze are: in today’s highly competitive market does it make sense to expect businesses to operate according to universal values? And is it realistic to expect a company to lose money just to accommodate business ethics?

Not Business as Usual intentionally exposes the changing landscape of businesses around the world due to the rising tide of conscious capitalism. Local entrepreneurs who have found inventive ways to bring humanity back into business, share their stories to prove that there is a better way. Watch this documentary now.


FRONTLINE correspondent Martin Smith goes inside the government’s ongoing, seven-year crackdown on insider trading, drawing on exclusively obtained video of hedge fund titan Steven A. Cohen, incriminating FBI wiretaps of other traders, and interviews with both Wall Street and Justice Department insiders.


The Fall of the British Empire

If MoneyWeek are to be believed, Britain's love affair with borrowing has put us on a collision course with complete economic, social and political collapse. Osborne cannot save us now. The Fall of the British Empire - End of UK

An apocalyptic documentary regarding the sorry state of the British Economy and it's colossal debt mountain. Warning: Unpleasant content.


We live in an age when technological innovation seems to be limitlessly soaring. But for all the satisfying speed with which our gadgets have improved, many of them share a frustrating weakness: the batteries. 

Though they have improved in last century, batteries remain finicky, bulky, expensive, toxic, and maddeningly short-lived. The quest is on for a “super battery,” and the stakes in this hunt are much higher than the phone in your pocket. With climate change looming, electric cars and renewable energy sources like wind and solar power could hold keys to a greener future...if we can engineer the perfect battery. 

Join host David Pogue as he explores the hidden world of energy storage, from the power—and danger—of the lithium-ion batteries we use today, to the bold innovations that could one day charge our world.


Divided States of America

Two days after the election, Donald Trump and Barack Obama, old antagonists met one another for the first time. There was something surreal about this moment due to the fact that the two had such a bumpy past with Trump publicly questioning the legitimacy of Barack’s presidency stating that he was not born in the United States and now here Barack was sat feet away from president-elect Trump.

This led to many asking themselves how in the world did this happen and what have we just gone through? For Trump this was the beginning of a new era and for Obama this moment marked the devastating end to an already difficult presidency. Donald Trump was a rejection of everything Barack Obama stood for, as a candidate, as a politician and ultimately as a president.

This 2 episode PBS special Divided States of America examines past events during President Barack Obama’s years in office that revealed deep divisions in the United States. The film itself offers a brilliant in-depth view of the partisan gridlock in Washington, the rise of populist anger on both sides of the aisle, and the racial tensions that erupted throughout the country.
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CHICK-FIL-A: A Chicken Empire documentary

A documentary about the origins of Chick-Fil-A and the story of its creator S. Truett Cathy.This documentary narrates the success story
of S Truett Cathy's amazing success story.

Chick-fil-A is an American fast food restaurant chain headquartered in the Atlanta suburb of College Park, Georgia, specializing in chicken sandwiches.Founded in 1946, it is associated with the Southern United States. Chick-fil-A has more than 1,850 restaurants in 41 U.S. states and the District of Columbia.

The company's culture is strongly influenced by its founder's Southern Baptist beliefs. All Chick-fil-A restaurants are closed for business on Sunday. In 2012, CEO Dan Cathy's public statements in opposition to same-sex marriage became the subject of public controversy.

The chain's origin can be traced to the Dwarf Grill (now the Dwarf House), a restaurant opened by S. Truett Cathy, the chain's former Chairman and CEO, in 1946. The restaurant is located in Hapeville, Georgia, a suburb of Atlanta,and is near the location of the now-demolished Ford Motor Company Atlanta Assembly Plant, for many years a source of many of the restaurant's patrons.

In 1961, after 15 years in the fast food business, Cathy found a pressure-fryer that could cook the chicken sandwich in the same amount of time it took to cook a fast-food hamburger.Following this discovery, he registered the name Chick-fil-A, Inc. The company's current trademarked slogan, "We Didn't Invent the Chicken, Just the Chicken Sandwich," refers to their flagship menu-item, the Chick-fil-A chicken sandwich.

Cathy initially called his creation a "chicken steak sandwich", but he wanted to create a more appealing name. Because the fillet is the best cut of beef, Cathy chose to call the chicken in his sandwiches a "fillet", hence the name "Chick-fil-A". The capital A is supposed to connote high quality.

The first Chick-fil-A opened in 1967, in the food court of the Greenbriar Mall, in a suburb of Atlanta.During the 1970s and early 1980s, the chain expanded by opening new franchises in suburban malls' food courts.The first freestanding franchise was opened in 1986, and the company began to focus more on this type of franchise than on the food court type. Although it has expanded outward from its original geographic base, most new restaurants are located in Southern suburban areas.As of 2012, the chain has approximately 1000 stand-alone locations.It also has 32 drive-through-only locations.Chick-fil-A also can be found at universities, hospitals, and airports through licensing agreements.

Since 1997, the Atlanta-based company has been the title sponsor of the Peach Bowl, an annual college football bowl game played in Atlanta on New Year's Eve. Chick-fil-A also is a key sponsor of the SEC and the ACC of college athletics.

The men who made us spend.


Paul Sykes: At Large

Paul Sykes was a heavyweight boxer and weightlifter from Wakefield in England, he had ten professional fights but his entire adult life was marred by alcohol abuse and both petty and violent crimes. All ten of his fights came during a period of rehabilitation and relative sobriety between 1978 to 1980, in his sixth fight he knocked American David Wilson out cold and continued to punch him. The American was put on a life support machine and spent a month in hospital.

Sykes spent 21 out of 26 years incarcerated in 18 different prisons – mostly for violent crimes – in a period spanning the 70’s, 80’s, and 90’s, and was considered one of the countries most difficult prisoners. Upon his release from Hull prison in 1990 producer Roger Greenwood followed him in order to make this documentary, Paul Sykes: At Large. The film reveals Sykes to be a very intelligent but clearly unhinged individual.

In the years which followed this documentary Sykes failed to control his drinking and his physical and mental health further declined, he was given an ASBO by Wakefield council at the turn of the century after a string of incidents of disorder whilst drunk. He died in 2007 from alcohol related liver disease. He was survived by two sons, both of whom are now serving life sentences for two separate murders.


Money and Speed: Inside the Black Box

Money & Speed: Inside the Black Box is a thriller based on actual events that takes you to the heart of our automated financial world. Based on interviews with those directly involved and data visualizations up to the millisecond, it reconstructs the fastest and deepest U.S. stock market plunge ever.

Money & Speed: Inside the Black Box is a TouchDoc developed by Marije Meerman from public broadcaster VPRO’s documentary series Backlight and design studio Catalogtree. This explorative documentary is a marriage of strong storytelling and meticulous visual analysis. The TouchDoc showcases the new possibilities opened up by the merger of the television with the computer screen.


Quants - The Alchemists of Wall Street

Quants are the math wizards and computer programmers in the engine room of our global financial system who designed the financial products that almost crashed Wall street. The credit crunch has shown how the global financial system has become increasingly dependent on mathematical models trying to quantify human (economic) behaviour. Now the quants are at the heart of yet another technological revolution in finance: trading at the speed of light. 

What are the risks of treating the economy and its markets as a complex machine? Will we be able to keep control of this model-based financial system, or have we created a monster? A story about greed, fear and randomness from the insides of Wall Street.

What new documentaries is out lately?

Is the Red Pill worth watching or just a bunch of garbage?
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Milk? (Food conspiracy documentary)

Milk is about a basic food in our diet, a food so fundamental that its value for our health often goes unquestioned. Using engaging storytelling through endearing characters and beautiful visuals, this documentary aims to investigate the case for milk as a nutritious food. Is milk good for us or not? We interview prominent and compelling figures in this debate, ranging from government officials, industry experts, biologists, anti-milk activists, raw milk advocates and an endearing milk-loving dairy farmer in our quest to elucidate the matter and illuminate lesser-known arguments about milk. As recent food documentaries such as Food Inc, King Corn and Fresh have shown, our society has a complex relationship with our food that often goes unexamined, perhaps to our own detriment.

The average person is increasingly socially and politically aware, hungry for knowledge and particularly eager to consume information that is presented in an entertaining manner and with a touch of humour. This documentary strives to deliver all of this and more, using strong characters to build a story. Key characters will be used to engage viewers in the human stories behind their views and for some, their extensive campaigns for change. The content will focus on Canada and North America, but will also make comparisons with other countries regarding attitudes towards milk consumption and dairy policies.
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