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Meltdown: The Secret History of the Global Financial Collapse

Meltdown: The Secret History of the Global Financial Collapse is a four-part CBC documentary series written and directed by Terence Mckenna. The series tells the story of the bankers who crashed the world, the leaders who struggled to save it and the ordinary families who got crushed. Meltdown begins in September 2008. In the days that followed, the world saw its largest company go bust, its largest bank failure ever, and the largest bankruptcy on record. Since the financial meltdown began, trillions of dollars have been spent rescuing banks and jumpstarting economies, yet recovery remains fragile. Fears abound of a "double-dip" return to recession. The millions around the world who lost homes and jobs are demanding answers: How did it all go so wrong? Who is to blame? They are angry because to date, only a few smalltime players have been held to account. No major banking, regulatory or government figures have yet been convicted of any wrongdoing. (from cbc.ca)

Episode 1 - The Man Who Crashed the World
Greed and recklessness by the titans of Wall Street triggers the largest financial crash since the Great Depression. It's left to US Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson, himself a former Wall Street banker, to try and avert further disaster.

Episode 2 - A Global Tsunami
The meltdown's devastation ripples around the world from California to Iceland and China. Facing economic ruin, desperate world leaders are at each other's throats.

Episode 3 - Paying the Price
The victims of the meltdown fight back. In Iceland, protestors force a government to fall. In Canada, ripped off autoworkers occupy their plant. And in France, furious union members kidnap their bosses.

Episode 4 - After the Fall
Investigators begin to sift through the meltdown's rubble. Shaken world leaders question the very foundations of modern capitalism while asking: could it all happen again?


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