Finding the Money
Director: Maren Poitras Run Time: 95 min. Format: DCP Release Year: 2023
New England Premiere
Can a new economic theory revolutionize our ability to tackle the climate crisis? An underdog group of economists is roiling economic academia, policymakers, and Wall Street as it attempts to flip our understanding of the national debt—and the nature of money—upside down. FINDING THE MONEY follows Stephanie Kelton on a journey through the controversial Modern Monetary Theory or “MMT”, as Kelton provocatively asserts the National Debt Clock that ticks ominously upwards is not actually a debt for us taxpayers at all, nor a burden for our grandchildren to pay back. FINDING THE MONEY brings a unique perspective that could potentially empower democracies around the world to tackle the biggest challenges of the 21st century: from climate change to inequality. In a time when debt ceiling votes and potential government shutdowns seem to occur with increasing regularity, FINDING THE MONEY injects new hope.
Post-Film Discussion with Filmmaker Maren Poitras, professor Stephanie Kelton, and professor Lua Yuille moderated by Boston Globe business columnist Shirley Leung
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