Legacy vs. Agency.
That is one of the key themes of Director Lauren Greenfield’s (QUEEN OF VERSAILLES) newest documentary work, GENERATION WEALTH. After decades of documenting modern culture’s obsession with wealth, and increasing greed, she saw these things becoming more and more extreme, and was driven to make a film that would examine its effects when intertwined with class, race and gender. Despite its seemingly bleak nature, Greenfield states that the focus was more about allowing the documentary’s subjects to learn from their experience speaking and sharing about these issues.
The Daily Beast says, GENERATION WEALTH “opens up into a larger conversation about, as Greenfield intones, ‘our collective greed, and its price.'”
Greenfield states that she wanted to show “the consequences of the commodification of the female body.” She documented women with eating disorders, sex workers, and examined the ’emptiness’ that some of them feel and are trying to fill in materialistic ways. She saw reflections of herself within each of them, and even decided to include herself and her family in the documentary. She elaborates on that here:
Film allows people to empathize and identify with those on screen, and Greenfield hopes that audiences are able to do that with GENERATION WEALTH. Though she hasn’t experienced such extremes as many of the film’s subjects, she says she’s definitely felt similar feelings of insecurity, hopelessness, etc., and believes that most all viewers will be able to relate in the same ways.
About the film:
For the past 25 years, acclaimed photographer and filmmaker Lauren Greenfield has traveled the world, documenting with ethnographic precision and an artist’s sensitivity a vast range of cultural movements and moments. With GENERATION WEALTH, she puts the pieces of her life’s work together for in an incendiary investigation spanning consumerism, beauty, gender, body commodification, aging and more, creating a comprehensive cautionary tale about a culture heading straight for the cliff’s edge, which ultimately becomes a deeply personal journey and raucously entertaining expose, bearing witness to the global boom-bust economy, the corrupted American Dream and the human costs of capitalism, narcissism and greed.
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