Betting on Zero

This outstanding documentary, reminiscent of the investigative journalistic style of 'Going Clear' and 'Citizenfour,' is an absolute must-see.

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Betting on Zero

From Darfur Now writer/director Ted Braun comes a riveting docu-thriller following controversial hedge fund titan Bill Ackman as he puts a billion dollars on the line in his crusade to expose Herbalife as the largest pyramid scheme in history. Herbalife claims Ackman is simply a market manipulator out to make a fortune from short-selling their stock, but Ackman insists Herbalife deliberately targets low-income and immigrant communities and robs them of their life savings. Herbalife is joined on the counterattack by longtime Ackman nemesis (and fellow Wall Street billionaire) Carl Icahn, while Ackman finds an unlikely ally in Chicago activist Julie Contreras, who rallies the Latino community to get the federal government to intervene. Blending tales of high-stakes corporate intrigue with working-class people caught in the crossfire, Braun paints a stirring picture of the American Dream gone wrong.
Genre
Documentary, Thriller
Runtime
96
Language
English
Director
Ted Braun
Producer
DEVIN ADAIR, Glen Zipper, Ted Braun
Cast
William Ackman

There should be a subgenre of documentaries solely defined by their capacity to incite righteous anger in the audience. Titles would include “Blackfish,” “Inside Job,” “The Act of Killing” and anything in Michael Moore’s filmography (as long as you agree with Moore). Side effects from viewing ...

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