Historian Howard Zinn explains why we need to recognize how we have been shaped and limited by our circumstances

This a clip from the mangu.tv documentary The Lottery of Birth.

THE LOTTERY OF BIRTH is the first in a three-part documentary series entitled ‘Creating Freedom’ exploring the relationship between freedom, power and control in Western democracies. Drawing together interviews with some of the world’s leading intellectuals, journalists and activists the film offers an alternative perspective on today’s society and the future we’re creating. From birth onwards our minds are a battleground of competing forces: familial, educational, cultural, and professional. The outcome of this battle not only determines who we become, but the society that we create.

Reactions

“I was blown away” -Colin Firth

“Challenging, insightful, and timely. Unmissable.” -Alan Rickman

“Absolutely Wonderful….. beautifully made and utterly captivating” -BBC Documentaries

Awards & Prizes

Nominated – Best Documentary, Raindance Film Festival 2012.
Winner – Spirit Award, Artivist Film Festival 2012.

Cast

Directed by: Raoul Martinez & Joshua Van Praag
Starring: Howard Zinn, Steven Pinker, Vandana Shiva, Tony Benn, George Monboit, Daniel Dennett, Kathleen Taylor, Michael Albert, Nick Davies, Stanley Arnowitz, Jeff Schmidt, Bill Fletcher Jr.

The Lottery of Birth – Watch full film here
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