Must-See TV – All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace

(“Must-see” is a relative term.  This 3-part documentary can be fairly hard-going.  I first saw the series along with several other works by Adam Curtis early this year, so I’ve had the chance to view them a few times; first to let them wash over and again to drill down deeper.)

Adam Curtis is a film-maker and journalist with particular interest in sociology, philosophy and political history.  It’s quite hard to describe his work.  All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace  joins together Ayn RandAlan Greenspan, the Asian miracle, the New Economy, the 1997 Asian Financial Crisis, China and stability.  And that’s just the first episode.

The first episode was shown on SBS TWO Thursday night at 8:30pm, however you can watch the first episode of three on SBS On Demand.

Did you know that the 1994 Rwandan Genocide had its origins in the Belgian colonisation in the 1930’s?

These are not conspiracy theory films.  Instead they show that interconnectedness and self-correction of systems is misunderstood and exaggerated.

Adam Curtis’ style of film-making is distinct too.  Lots of archival footage, interesting music (Pizzicato Five does the intro) and stark titles are his signature.

All three are worth watching.  My advice is to take them at face value and then do some research.  Sounds like homework.


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