TIFF World Premiere – The New Corporation: The Unfortunately Necessary Sequel. Directed by Joel Bakan and Jennifer Abbott

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The New Corporation: The Unfortunately Necessary Sequel
Directed by Joel Bakan and Jennifer Abbott

World Premiere

TIFF 2020

P & I – TIFF Digital Cinema Pro – starts Sept 12 to end of fest – 11:00am – WORLDWIDE, ACCREDITED MEDIA ONLY
Public – West Island Open Air Cinema at Ontario Place – Sept.13 – 9:00pm – 100 PERSON MAX
Public – TIFF Bell Lightbox, Cinema 1 – Sept. 16 – 11:30am – 50 PERSON MAX
Public – Bell Digital Cinema – starts Sept. 16 to end of fest – 6:00pm – CANADA ONLY


In 2003, the Canadian feature documentary The Corporation spectacularly unveiled the narcissistic global corporate mindset and took the world by storm, amassing 26 international awards, 10 of which were audience picks including the Sundance World Cinema Audience Award.

17 years later, original creators Jennifer Abbott and Joel Bakan return with a thrilling, terrifying, and oh-so timely follow-up with The New Corporation: The Unfortunately Necessary Sequel, world-premiering at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival.

Following two economic meltdowns, horrific environmental degradation, a pandemic, and protest movements seeking economic and racial justice, The New Corporation revisits the greedy world-dominating companies, and the billionaires behind them, who proclaim to offer themselves as the solutions to the very problems they have created. Meanwhile, social media – the capitalist’s new playground – is used to propagandize the anti-government messages the corporate world has sold to the public since the Reagan Administration.

With ample footage and the participation of numerous experts, including former U.S. Labour Secretary Robert Reich, and the Pulitzer Prize winning journalist and social commentator Christopher Hedges, The New Corporation takes us right to today as activists and politicians begin to push back in the name of fairness and our planet’s future.

The film was made with and presented by Telefilm Canada and the Rogers Group of Funds through The Theatrical Documentary Program, in association with Bell Media’s Crave. This is a Grant Street Production in association with Screen Siren Pictures. A film by Jennifer Abbott and Joel Bakan, Executive Produced by Joel Bakan, Produced by Betsy Carson and Trish Dolman. Narrated by Charles Officer. Written by Joel Bakan, based upon his book ‘The New Corporation: How “Good” Corporations Are Bad for Democracy’. Directed by Joel Bakan and Jennifer Abbott.

About Joel Bakan – Director
Joel Bakan teaches law at the University of British Columbia. His critically acclaimed book, The Corporation: The Pathological Pursuit of Profit and Power (2004) was an international bestseller published in over 20 languages. It inspired the award-winning feature documentary film, The Corporation (written by Bakan and directed by Mark Achbar and Jennifer Abbott). Bakan’s scholarly work includes Just Words: Constitutional Rights and Social Wrongs (1997), numerous articles in leading scholarly journals, and his award-winning and widely-translated, Childhood Under Siege: How Big Business Targets Children (2012). Also a professional jazz guitarist, Bakan lives in Vancouver, Canada with his wife, Rebecca Jenkins.
SFU (BA, 1981), Oxford (BA in law, 1983), Dalhousie University (LLB, 1984) Harvard (LLM, 1986)

About Jennifer Abbott – Director
Jennifer Abbott is a multi-award-winning filmmaker and media activist who for the last 25 years has been making films about some of the most urgent social, political and environmental issues of the day. Born in Montreal and with an education and dedication to radical political thought, women’s studies and deep ecology, she is best known as one of the Directors & Editor of The Corporation. Along with its sequel, in 2020 she’s also releasing The Magnitude of All Things, about ecological grief in the era of climate change.

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