We Have Met The “Frenemy” and IT IS US: A Review of Requiem for the American Dream Which Will Premiere At The 2015 Tribeca Film Festival


By:  Vernon Nickerson

The writing and directing team of Peter D. Hutchinson, Kelly Nyks, and Jared P. Scott have  struck pure gold with their new documentary featuring the fact – based reflections of Dr. Noam Chomsky, distinguished linguistics scholar, intellectual and participant observer in the epic history of the United States over the last half – century.  The four years spent filming Professor Chomsky, who is also the documentary’s star and narrator, have resulted in a 90 minute detailed and provocative assessment of America’s attempts to move towards ” a more perfect union”.

Requiem for the American Dream is premiering at the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival and is a must see film for every citizen of the United States of America.  I could only hope that someone would finance the project of translating the film into Spanish (37 million native speakers) and Chinese (2.8 million speakers) at a minimum.  I come to this conclusion because of Chomsky’s central argument which demands universal attention:

All for ourselves, and nothing for other people, seems, in every age of the world, to have been the vile maxim of the the masters of mankind”- (Adam Smith, Chapter 4, page 448, “The Wealth of Nations”).

Requiem is exquisitely constructed around 10 Principles that just so happen to advance Smith’s “vile maxim”. Chomsky thoroughly supports each principle with historical facts and the filmmakers underline each principle with eye-catching graphics and animation:

1)  Reduce Democracy
2)  Shape Ideology
3)  Redesign the Economy
4)  Shift the Burden
5)  Attack Solidarity ( or, as I like to call it, “Divide and Conquer”)
6)  Run the Regulators
7)  Engineer Elections
8)  Keep the rabble in line
9)  Manufacture Consent
10)  Marginalize the population

Chomsky cites significant examples of how the “One Percenter’s” at all points along the Liberal – Conservative spectrum have fully embraced and promoted his 10 Principles. On any given day, you can watch or read the news, any television commercial or print ad and see examples of one or more of the 10 Principles.  Nevertheless, as sure as Spring follows Winter, two of Chomsky’s insights give me ( and hopefully every one of us) reason to believe that the American Dream can become the American Reality:

1) 1960-1970 was the most significant period of democratization in our history because of the fights for civil rights for minorities and women,  the Vietnam War protests and the first Earth Day;

2) The recent increase in issues – based activism by America’s young people in the 21st Century.

All that being said, YOU SIMPLY MUST SEE THIS FILM.