Screening: THE PRICE WE PAY
October 26, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm| $6 – $30
Dir. Harold Crooks
Documentary / 2014 / Canada / 93 mins / English / PG
The Price We Pay is inspired by Brigitte Alepin’s book La Crise fiscale qui vient. Director Harold Crooks (who co-directed Surviving Progress with Mathieu Roy) blows the lid off the dirty world of corporate malfeasance with this incendiary documentary about the dark history and dire present-day reality of big-business tax avoidance, which has seen multinationals depriving governments of trillions of dollars in tax revenues by harboring profits in offshore havens. Tax havens, originally created by London bankers in the 50s, today put over half the world’s stock of money beyond reach of public treasuries.
This well-crafted documentary from director Harold Crooks offers a concise, engrossing and occasionally infuriating overview of the ways multinationals avoid taxes by stashing profits in offshore havens — and in the process, according to several onscreen interviewees, seriously undermine the ability of governments to provide services and safety nets for citizens. Full review here.
– Joe Leydon, Variety
Nation states are being reshaped by this offshoring of the world’s wealth. Tax avoidance by big corporations and the wealthy – citizens of nowhere for tax purposes – is paving the way to historic levels of inequality and placing the tax burden on the middle class and the poor. Crusading journalists, tax justice campaigners and former finance and technology industry insiders speak frankly about the accelerating trends that are carrying the Western world to an unsustainable future.
POST-SCREENING PANEL DISCUSSION
The screening will be followed by a panel discussion with industry experts, moderated by Prof. Sum Yee Loong.
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