The New Corporation: the Unfortunately Necessary Sequel

November 29, 09.00 GMT to November 30, GMT 21.00 GMT

There is no such thing as corporate social responsibility

interviewee in The New Corporation

Following on from our screening of Jennifer Abbott’s The Magnitude of All Things during the Borrowed Time symposium we are now offering a screening of the very different but equally powerful The New Corporation: the unfortunately necessary sequel by Abbot and Joel Bakan.

From Film-makers Joel Bakan and Jennifer Abbott comes this hard-hitting and timely sequel to their 2003 film The Corporation.

The New Corporation r​eveals how the corporate takeover of society is being justified by the sly rebranding of corporations as socially conscious entities. From gatherings of corporate elites in Davos, to climate change and spiralling inequality; the rise of ultra-right leaders to Covid-19 and racial injustice, the film looks at corporations’ devastating power. Countering this is a groundswell of resistance worldwide as people take to the streets in pursuit of justice and the planet’s future.

In the face of increasing wealth disparity, climate change, and the hollowing-out of democracy ​The New Corporation​ is a cry for social justice, deeper democracy, and transformative solutions.

This film is unashamedly commercial: hard-hitting and Hollywood-documentary in style. But it still has the power to make you weep, to open our eyes to the extraordinary, unremitting power of the corporations that exist for one reason only: profit. ‘There is no such thing as corporate responsibility’ one of the speakers in the film tells us. Perhaps you already think you know everything about the downsides and harms of capitalism — this film will open your eyes very very wide.