Kiwi director Justin Pemberton’s documentary version of Thomas Piketty’s No. 1 New York Times Bestseller.
Adapting one of the most groundbreaking and powerful books of our time, CAPITAL IN THE 21st CENTURY is an eye-opening journey through wealth and power, that breaks the popular assumption that the accumulation of capital runs hand in hand with social progress, shining a new light on the world around us and its growing inequalities.
I wanted to present a long view, a wide shot of capital that spans 400 years – ending in the near future – and was keen to create the feeling of hovering above the world watching events play out … I was keen too for a film that embraced a vivid pop-cultural history, since tales of wealth and financial struggle have been core themes in popular stories for centuries.
– Writer/director Justin Pemberton
Traveling through time from the French Revolution and other huge global shifts, two world wars and through to the rise of new technologies today, the film assembles accessible pop-culture references coupled with interviews of some of the world’s most influential experts delivering an insightful and empowering journey through the past and into our future.
Official Selection: Sydney Film Festival 2019