Disaster Capitalism

March 04 2018

How aid can be used to keep nations deliberately poor

Antony Loewenstein was interviewed last week in Australian media outlet Crikey by Charlie Lewis about Disaster Capitalism:

The documentary Disaster Capitalism opens with the earthquake in Haiti, 2010. Through the ghostly fog of CCTV video, we see the ground furiously shake buildings into dust. Fronted by Australian journalist and writer Antony Loewenstein and shot over six years, in collaboration with director Thor Neureiter, Director of Video at Columbia University, the film visits and revisits three countries — Haiti, Afghanistan and Papua New Guinea —  riven by various crises and trapped in a cycle of dependence on Western aid. This cycle, Loewenstein tells Crikey, is no accident.

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March 02 2018

Triple R Breakfasters radio interview on Disaster Capitalism film

Antony Loewenstein was interviewed on one of Melbourne’s best breakfast radio programs, Triple R Breakfasters, about Disaster Capitalism (after a very successful public screening in Melbourne): You can listen here

February 26 2018

Public Q&A on Disaster Capitalism film and how aid is delivered

Last week in Sydney was the first public screening of my film, Disaster Capitalism. Director Thor Neureiter was in New York but co-producers Media Stockade were there along with a solid audience. There will be many more public screenings in Australia, the US and beyond soon. After the film, we held a Q&A around aid and development plus journalism in conflict zones. It was recorded by Sky News TV and broadcast last weekend. Here’s how they described the event:

The Walkley Foundation has held its first Walkley Talk for the year at the State Library of NSW. The event featured a screening of independent documentary film Disaster Capitalism by journalist Antony Loewenstein. The screening was followed by a robust discussion on aid in conflict zones, revealing how the supply of aid to those in need isn’t always as transparent and ethical as it seems. The panel included the filmmaker himself, along with head of journalism at Macleay College and former foreign correspondent Monica Attard, and journalists Hugh Riminton and Yaara Bou Melhem.
The conversation touched on the role of journalists in delivering accurate public interest news from war zones, and holding NGOs and aid organisations accountable when bringing the reporters on the ground in the first place. It explored the corruption and conflict rampant in countries such as Afghanistan, Haiti, Papua New Guinea, and Lebanon, and implications for the media and global community, who may all too often be switching off the television to avoid distressing news. The discussion also offered an insight into the world of freelancing and war reporting, while challenging the concepts of international assistance and development through the perspectives of investigative journalists.

February 22 2018

We need aid that helps locals, not multinationals and bloated NGOs - 

Antony Loewenstein in The Guardian

I investigated in Afghanistan, Haiti and PNG. Too often I heard stories of western governments swooping in and dictating terms

Read the full article here

February 11 2018

The disaster capitalists on Sunday Extra

with Hugh Rimington on Radio National ABC

When war or disaster strikes, we assume our aid contributions are life-saving, or at the very least will help rebuild countries and shattered communities. But some say trade works better than aid. Antony Loewenstein spent six years examining nations that have been pulled apart by conflict and disaster, and he's produced 'Disaster Capitalism', a documentary currently being shown on limited release.

The segment can be listened to here

February 01 2018

Well when things go wrong in the world - whether it be a devastating earthquake or war - foreign aid flows from the UN and big nations. Which seems good right? Well yes, and no. Journalist Antony Lowenstein has been tracking what happens in countries that have had problems long after the TV News cameras leave and is troubled by what he found. He spoke to Radio Australia's Seini Taumoepeau.

November 28 2017

After 6+ years, we've finished the film! It's been a long journey but we're rapt to have completed it.

Here's the just released trailer.

We will have more news soon about public screenings, film festivals and TV broadcasts around the world.

But in the meantime, enjoy the trailer and please follow us on social media.


October 7 2017

We're excited to announce that we're in the final stages of production and will finish the film in the coming month. After a 6-year journey, we're looking forward to presenting the film to audiences around the world. After continuing to follow our key characters in Afghanistan, Haiti and Papua New Guinea, and assessing the Trump administration's worldview, the documentary remains deeply relevant.

We're currently talking to our distributor about TV broadcaster opportunities in 2018 and we're also approaching film festivals across the globe.

Stay tuned.

August 30 2016

We're happy to announce that our recent fund-raising drive was successful and we garnered support from across the world. Thank you.

We are currently working on a rough cut of our film and hope to have more news soon. It's exciting watching the film come together and we're keen to show you the finished product.

May 13 2016

We recently returned from the Hot Docs film festival in Toronto, one of the biggest documentary film festivals in the world, after pitching our film to over 400 distributors, sales agents and broadcasters from around the globe. We had 30 meetings with many of them. There was huge interest in our project and we're currently working on a rough cut of the feature film.

This week, after five years, we finished principle photography after shooting in Washington DC. We'll soon be launching a large crowd-funding campaign to raise the required funds to complete the film.

Stay tuned for more news soon.

April 6 2016

The Sydney Morning Herald has written about the film and our inclusion in the Hot Docs film festival in May.

March 9 2016

We're excited to announce that we've just been selected for the prestigious Hot Docs film festival in Toronto in May, one of the leading documentary film festivals in the world. One of 19 films chosen (out of hundreds submitted), we'll be pitching our documentary for funding, distribution and recognition.

January 28, 2016

Afghanistan is a key focus of the film and Antony investigated the huge disappearance of US aid in The National newspaper.

December 14, 2015

Read about our reporting on Afghanistan in The Nation Magazine article written by Antony.

November 15, 2015

C-SPAN Book TV recorded Antony speaking with journalist and author Jeremy Scahill about the film and his new book, Disaster Capitalism, hosted by Housing Works in New York in October 2015.

October 26, 2015

Rolling Stone published a piece to mark the release of Antony's book, Disaster Capitalism, which frame's disaster capitalism around the current European refugee crisis.

October 9, 2015

Antony's interview with Amy Goodman on Democracy Now for his book "Disaster Capitalism: Make a Killing out of Catastrophe" and our film. Our teaser opens the segment.

October 8, 2015

Antony appeared on Huffpost Live October 6, 2015 to discuss the release of his book "Disaster Capitalism: Make a Killing out of Catastrophe" and our film.

September 30, 2015

This film remains a work in progress. We have filmed 90% of it, in Afghanistan, Haiti and Papua New Guinea, and are now searching for funds for post-production. If you're able to help, please email us to find out how you can show your support.