In normal circumstances, you would be hard-pressed to find something in common between a small-farmer in Kansas. an ex-convict in Ohio, and a former mortgage administrator in Florida, apart from their common US citizenship. But in The Disrupted, directed by Sarah Colt and Josh Gleason, the impoverishing effects of globalisation on all walks of life are revealed in intimate detail.
It takes a few minutes to understand what Colt and Gleason’s film is about as the directors segue from small farmer Donn Teke feeding his cows, to Latin-American Peter Velez bidding farewell to his friends and co-workers after they are laid off, and then Uber driver Cheryl Long detailing her frustration as she waits – along with scores of other drivers – in a taxi lot as a gremlin-prone app orders them into a queue for customers.
Slowly it dawns on viewers that these three characters are all struggling to make ends meet in a country with the greatest wealth disparity of any in the industrialised world.
The Disrupted is a film about the logical consequences of a global neo-liberal economic order. As the rich get richer, money and jobs are sucked out of lower levels of society.
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