Based on Joel Bakan's book, "The Corporation: The Pathological Pursuit of Profit and Power", the documentary film by the same name is a strong film that breaks down the concept of ‘corporation’ comparing it to the profile of a psychopath. Using humor, factoids and interviews from an impressive panel that includes commentators, such as Michael Moore, Naomi Klein, Noam Chomsky, whistle-blowers, spies and CEOs from some of the world’s biggest companies, the film traces the history of corporations. It reveals to us how corporations managed to have arrived at a place where they may be compared to a psychopath.

From the film we learn that the corporation is, after all, a legal entity that has the same rights as a human being under the present law. However, unlike an actual human who has to answer to the people around him, the corporation is only accountable to its bottom line, suggests the film.

After exceptional success in the box office of its home base (Canada), the film has been rapidly expending world-wide, playing across select theatres in the US, often to sold out crowds. It is soon to open in Australia, the UK and Europe. The film has also been the recipient of the Audience’s Choice Award at Sundance, as well as numerous other accolades.

"The Corporation" was brought to life mainly through the efforts of three people. Mark Achbar ("Manufacturing Consent: Noam Chomsky and the Media"), who served as Producer, Executive Producer and Co-director along side Jennifer Abbott ("Two Brides and a Scalpel: Diary of a Lesbian Marriage," which she partnered on with Achbar) who also filled the demanding role of editor, and Joel Bakan (a UBC law professor), the scribe and Co-creator of the project.

MOVIEWEB has met with the filmmakers to discuss "The Corporation," its progress, intentions and implications:

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*BONUS* Michael Moore and Me: Mark Achbar Dishes on Michael Moore

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