My Mis-Education in 3 Graphics documents the filmmaker’s darkly humorous journey through the mind-boggling constructs of mainstream economics. Critics offer some clear-sighted alternatives to the dominating economists' beliefs.
Filmed introductory economics course lectures and interviews with economists reveal the enormous rift between the economic textbook models and the filmmaker’s and other critics’ understandings of economic reality. The first part of the film explores how mainstream economics (mis)represents markets, the next is a presentation of their befuddling model of the firm, and the final section, on macroeconomics, points to some of the major issues hidden by the models: financial debt’s contribution to inequality, and the unaccounted for destruction of the natural world.
I wanted to understand how the U.S. had become so unequal in my lifetime, and whether globalization was really helping raise living standards in the poorer countries. In the courses I audited as research for the film, I found an apology for the grotesque inequality and environmental destruction clearly in evidence all around us.
Mary Filippo has been making independent, experimental films for more than thirty years. She was a student of Marjorie Keller, B. Ruby Rich, P. Adams Sitney, and George Landow. "Her thoughtful and visually captivating films concern the intersection of the personal and political"--WMM. Her last short film, “The Trickle Down Theory of Sorrow,” was described by Yvonne Rainer as “a far reaching and riveting work ” and by Margarita De la Vega-Hurtado as “exceptional and original.” Her latest film, “My Mis-Education in 3 Graphics,” her first feature-length documentary, has been described as a devastating indictment of mainstream economics.
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