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The Yes Men Fix the World

February 12, 2010IASEvents0

With uncompromising intelligence and dry humor, renegades Andy Bichlbaum and Mike Bonanno devise elaborate schemes and pranks all in the name of exposing corporate greed and deception in the hilarious The Yes Men Fix the World. Using guerrilla tactics to impersonate corporate spokespersons, Bichlbaum and Bonanno say what these companies should admit to but too often don’t. Their Dow Chemical prank got a spokesperson to apologize for the largest industrial catastrophe in Bhopal, India.

On their journey, the Yes Men act as gonzo journalists, delving deep into the question of why we have given the market more power than any other institution to determine our direction as a society. They visit the twisted (and accidentally hilarious) underworld of the free-market think tanks, where they figure out a way to defeat the logic that’s destroying our planet. And as they appear on the BBC before 300 million viewers, or before 1000 New Orleans contractors alongside Mayor Ray Nagin, the layers of lies are peeled back to reveal the raw heart of truth – a truth that brings with it hope.

Yes Man and co-director Mike Bonanno will be present Friday Feb 12th with the Yes Men Survivaball Suit!

The Yes Men Fix the World (2009, 87 min) will be playing at the Oak Street Cinema from February 12 to February 16.  Screenings are Friday through Sunday at 1:30, 4:00, 7:00, 9:45; and Monday through Tuesday  at 4:00, 7:00, 9:45.  Visit Minnesota Film Arts for more information.

Sponsored by: Art, Collaborative Arts, Communication Studies, Institute for Advanced Study, Global Studies, Journalism and Mass Communication, Theatre Arts & Dance

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