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NYC Premiere: The Price We Pay Opens @ Cinema Village 30 October 2015

NYC Premiere: The Price We Pay Opens @ Cinema Village 30 October 2015


(10/07/15) – Distributor Filmoption International is pleased to announce that the feature documentary The Price We Pay from award-winning director Harold Crooks will make its NYC premiere October 30th at the Cinema Village in New York.

This cinematic essay film exposes how “offshore” tax havens and Google, Amazon and other tech giants of the “cloud” economy are undermining the 20th century legacy of progressive taxation, the New Deal and the Great Society and pushing us into a post-democratic future.

Videos Related to The Price We Pay / Nos vidéos

Here’s a comprehensive list of all of the videos related to the documentary by Harold Crooks, The Price We Pay :
(vidéos en français ci-après)

Movie trailer – 2’48”
Movie teaser – 1’47”
Interview – Harold Crooks – CBC News – 9’08” : Director and Co Writer of The Price we Pay :
Interview – Harold Crooks – CBC News – 7’20”
Interview – Harold Crooks – Global News – 9’06”
Excerpts with Brigitte Alepin - 0’27” : Co writer of The Price we Pay, Harvard trained independent Canadian tax expert and policy advisor, author of La Crise fiscale qui vient
Excerpts with Alain Deneault – 0’20” : Researcher – Tax Justice Network; Professor of Sociology at UQAM, author of Canada, a New Tax Haven
Excerpts with James S. Henry - 0’25” : Former Chief Economist at McKinsey & Co, Tax Justice Network Advisor
Excerpts with Saskia Sassen – 0’20 : Renowned sociologist, author of The Global City, New-York, London, Tokyo
Excerpts with Thomas Piketty - 0’34” : Economist, Paris School of Economics, winner of Le Monde‘s prize for best young economist
Excerpts with Stuart Fraser – 0’23” : Former Deputy Policy Chairman at the City of London Corporation
Excerpts with Nicholas Shaxson - 0’17” : Author of Treasure Islands : Tax Havens and the Men Who Stole the World

Excerpts with Krishen Mehta - 0’25” : Senior Global Justice Fellow, Yale University :

Excerpts with Jaron Lanier – 0’37” : Microsoft computer scientist, Virtual reality pioneer, composer of classical music and author of Who Owns the Future?

Please also click on each participant’s picture under the PARTICIPANTS menu on this website to see an excerpt from the film with that participant.


Bande-annonce du film - 2’48”
Teaser du film - 1’41”
Échange avec Brigitte Alepin, co-scénariste du Prix à payer sur Europe 1 - 10’08”
Échange avec Alain Deneault, intervenant du Prix à payer sur RDI – – 6’58”
Entretien avec Thomas Piketty à propos du Prix à payer - On n’est pas couché – 7 février 2015France 2 – 47’06” (15 premières minutes)
Extrait de l’émission Le Grand Journal – Canal+ – 11’48” : Les invités sont Michel Sapin Le ministre français du Travail, de l’Emploi, de la Formation Professionnelle et du Dialogue social et Brigitte Alepin, fiscaliste et spécialiste des politiques fiscales, auteure du livre La Crise fiscale qui vient ayant inspiré le film Le Prix à payer.
Deux députés français discutent du film Le Prix à payer - France 3 – 2’30”

Le jeu en ligne “Le Prix à payer, quand l’impôt devient un jeu” – ICI.Radio-Canada

Our Panel @ Open City Documentary Festival in London, UK

Our Panel @ Open City Documentary Festival in London, UK

Our Open City Documentary Festival panel with Harold Crooks, moderator Joylon Maugham Q.C., Oxfam UK’s Head of Policy Nick Bryer, and William Taylor, the City of London councilor whom The Guardian’s George Monbiot dubbed “the turbulent priest.” How great it was to screen in the presence of many who contributed so greatly to our film including Tax Justice Network co-founder John Christensen, Offshore World author Ronen Palan, University of Leicester’s Angus Cameron and Lady Margaret Hodge, the parliamentary scourge of global corporate giants without fixed addresses.
– Harold Crooks, posted from London’s Open Docs Festival

The Price We Pay’s Director/Writer Harold Crooks & Writer Brigitte Alepin @ the OECD Forum in Paris

The Price We Pay’s Director/Writer Harold Crooks & Writer Brigitte Alepin @ the OECD Forum in Paris

Here’s a recount of the OECD Forum in Paris by director Harold Crooks:

The OECD Forum [six months in preparation and hosting about 2000 attendees in its Rue Andre Pascal HQ] arranged a high profile panel for the discussion devoted to TPWP. Along with Oxfam France’s Claire Fehrenbach, there were Public Services International General Secretaty Rosa Pavanelli, Columbia’s Minister of Finance and Public Credit, as well as Brigitte and myself. An hour before the event we began gathering in the VIP Lounge with our moderator, the Financial Time’s tax specialist, Vanessa Houlder, who had flown in from London that morning.

I accepted a request to contribute to an OECD Forum Highlights video by offering a few thoughts about the future role of multinationals. My answer went something like this: the multinational of the early 21st century and the end of the 21st century cannot be the same thing if humanity is to meet the challenges it faces in terms of inequality, climate change, species extinction, etc. In other words, the multinational must evolve and part of its evolution to a new form can be achieved by the fullest participation in adapting to a just rewriting of international tax rules.

President François Hollande was late for his session, thus delaying ours. OECD officials had – in anticipation of his arrival – removed from the magazine racks copies of this week’s Le Nouvel Obs lest its cover photo offend the visiting head of state. The photo was a Sphinx-faced Hollande hidden behind reflective sunglasses across which was printed in bold print: “Le PS est-il de droite?” I quipped to Rosa Pavanelli that our film is more socialist than the French socialists. She shot back that this would not be a difficult accomplishment.

When we entered the Pink Amphitheater every seat was taken. Vanessa Houlder brought Pascal Saint-Amans [the OECD’s point man on bringing international tax rules into the 21st Century] up on stage and he introduced the film calling it “brilliant” in its ability to present the complex subject in a manner accessible to the general public. He added that he was relieved to have been treated as respectfully as he was.

Rosa Pavanelli had to depart immediately after the screening but before she left she shook my hand and said she hoped the film could be shown in the Fall at a large public event linked to her confederation of public sector employees’ initiative: the International Commission for the Reform of International Corporate Taxation.

All the panel discussants echoed the same positive response about the important role the film would have in raising public awareness and an online poll taken of the audience asked whether or not it believed the OECD tax reform initiative known as BEPS [Base Erosion and Profit Shifting] was going to go far enough in assuring a level playing field in the international tax system. Pascal, seated in the front row, winced slightly when the poll result was announced by Houlder. Three quarters of the audience said: no, it would not.

Most gratifying for me was the message Brigitte and I received next day from Oxfam’s Claire Fehrenbach. She expressed great admiration for the film. She echoed the words of others about its accessibility and its treatment of the negative impact of corporate tax avoidance on the developing world. She also saw a direct link between the film and the Oxfam campaign “A Égalité / Even it up” launched in the spring.

Furthermore, Claire contacted Oxfam colleagues in UK about our June 19 UK premiere in London’s Regent Street Cinema at the Open City Doc Festival and they are already in contact with me regarding the possibility of participating on the 19th.

Why we Hate Taxes and why we Shouldn’t

Why we Hate Taxes and why we Shouldn’t

Perhaps the most troubling consequence of the neoliberal counter-revolution – the tax cuts, the austerity, the inequality – is that it has stunted the political imagination and undermined our sense of what’s possible. Recent Ekos research found that many Canadians are losing trust in the future, in the idea of progress, in our ability to tackle our big challenges, climate change, inequality, aboriginal justice, eroding democracy.

– Alex Himelfarb, director emeritus of the Glendon School of Public Policy

Read the full article on our friend’s site @ Canadians for Tax Fairness

If we can Detect the Universe’s Missing Matter, how About Secret Financial Trading?

If we can Detect the Universe’s Missing Matter, how About Secret Financial Trading?

2014 has seen funding in the US and Europe to build machines to detect dark matter, which accounts for up to 85% of the matter in the universe. “70% of financial trading happens in dark pools (the Federal Reserve and other public authorities have no idea what is exactly happening there)” – Saskia Sassen in The Price We Pay. How about we built a financial dark pool detector in 2015? Happy New Year to all our fans and to The Price We Pay!

New Particle Detector Could Reveal Universe’s Missing Antimatter