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On this week’s Movies vs. Capitalism, hosts Rivka Rivera and Frank Cappello are joined by Max Epstein, the Head of Content for Means TV, a worker-owned streaming service, for an in-depth conversation about Dreamworks’ 1998 animated film Antz

According to a 2021 study, the United States trails behind nearly every country in the European Union for economic mobility and opportunity. For young people in modern America, it can feel impossible to transcend the class into which you were born.

Twenty-five years ago, Antz — an animated film about the caste systems within an ant colony — echoed this sentiment. As the lead character says, “What a bunch of mindless zombies capitulating to an oppressive system.” In today’s discussion, the MVC team unpack the film’s themes of class consciousness and revolution, individualism and collectivism, and question if the screenwriter read Marx. 

For next week’s movie, MVC will be watching The Wizard of Oz


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