On this week’s Movies vs. Capitalism, hosts Rivka Rivera and Frank Cappello are joined by musician, activist, screenwriter, and director Boots Riley for a discussion about his film debut — the 2018 dark satire set in the world of telemarketing, Sorry to Bother You.

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In today’s interview, Rivka and Frank ask Boots about the creative process of writing a surrealist anti-capitalist parable, including Boots’ personal experience working in the telemarketing industry. They also unpack Boots’ decision to center organized labor in the film, how the story of Sorry to Bother You feels even more relevant in 2023 than it did five years ago, and how we could see a resurgence of “company towns” like the one run by the film’s WorryFree Corporation.

For next week’s movie, we’ll be watching the 1995 teen comedy classic and consumerism satire Clueless.

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