Directed by Lauren Greenfield
“A stunningly deeply resonant documentary about notions as seemingly obvious as the value of love over wealth itself.” – Nick Allen, RogerEbert.com
For the past 25 years acclaimed photographer and filmmaker Lauren Greenfield (The Queen of Versailles, Thin, kids+money, #likeagirl) has travelled the world, documenting a vast range of cultural movements and moments with ethnographic precision and an artist’s sensitivity. Yet, after so much searching, she realized that much of her work pointed at one uniting phenomenon: wealth culture.
With her new film, Generation Wealth, she puts the pieces of her life’s work together for an incendiary investigation into the pathologies that have created the richest society the world has ever seen. Spanning consumerism, beauty, gender, body commodification, aging, and more, Greenfield has created a comprehensive cautionary tale about a culture heading straight for the cliff’s edge. Generation Wealth, simultaneously a deeply personal journey, rigorous historical essay, and raucously entertaining exposé, bears witness to the global boom-bust economy, the corrupted American dream, and the human costs of capitalism, narcissism, and greed. 2018, U.S., DCP, 107 minutes. Rated R.