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8 Sundance films for econ geeks

January 16, 2013: 3:22 PM ET

The Sundance Film Festival kicks off in Park City, Utah tomorrow, and for all the business or econ-minded cinephiles out there, this year's lineup is quite the treat. Films touch on topics ranging from income inequality and the Occupy Wall Street movement, to social struggle in China and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's standoff with unions.

Also, who could forget, Ashton Kutcher playing Steve Jobs?


Ashton Kutcher plays Apple visionary Steve Jobs, as he ascends from a college dropout to one of the most revered inventors of our time.


Inequality For All

Filmmaker Jacob Kornbluth is calling it the "Inconvenient Truth" for the economy, but this time the Al Gore-like character is Robert Reich, Berkeley economics professor and former U.S. Secretary of Labor under President Bill Clinton. Kornbluth and Reich dissect issues like wage stagnation, consolidated wealth, manufacturing, financial instruments, capital markets, globalization and election politics— breaking down these complex topics into a digestible form.

The filmmakers raised more than $80,000 in 28 days through a Kickstarter campaign to fund the completion of the documentary.


99% - The Occupy Wall Street Collaborative Film

This film about Occupy Wall Street activists sweeping the nation in 2011, mirrors the movement itself. Designed in part as an experiment modeled on Occupy's process, it was created by 99 filmmakers and artists.


The East

An anarchist collective (including characters played by Ellen Page and Alexander Skarsgård) attacks major corporate CEOs and forces them to consume the harmful products they manufacture. An intelligence operative goes undercover to infiltrate the group, but starts falling for the charismatic leader.


American Promise

This documentary follows the 12-year journey of two African-American families pursuing the promise of opportunity through the education of their sons. It deals with issues of college affordability and availability.

Citizen Koch

This film examines the struggle between money and democracy in Wisconsin, during Governor Scott Walker's standoff with unions.


Fallen City

This documentary spans four years, revealing how three families survived the 2008 Sichuan earthquake and rebuilt their lives in a new China torn between tradition and modernity.


Fire in the Blood

In the late 1990s and early 2000s, Western governments and pharmaceutical companies blocked low-cost antiretroviral drugs from reaching AIDS-stricken Africa, causing 10 million or more unnecessary deaths. An improbable group of people decided to fight back.


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