A hard-hitting documentary about the world’s largest retailer
The Productions du Rapide-Blanc will mark Black Friday fever in their own way by launching the documentary feature film The World According to Amazon, written by Adrien Pinon, Thomas Lafarge and Alexandre Sheldon, and directed by Adrien Pinon and Thomas Lafarge. The film, narrated by Richard Desjardins, will come out in Quebec (Montreal, Quebec, Trois-Rivieres, Sherbrooke) and in the United States (Seattle, Chicago, New York, Portland) in versions subtitled in English and in French.
The World according to Amazon is a documentary investigating the world’s leading online retailer. Every year, the company founded by Jeff Bezos sends 5 billion parcels to clients throughout the world. But its power has citizens and governments worried. What kind of future does Amazon have in store for us?
As the leader in online retail, Amazon is no simple multinational; it is a global empire. Who is this multinational corporation that holds more power than a State? How does this hidden empire work? Who is Jeff Bezos, its iconoclast and libertarian boss? What do we know about this corporation that, in the 21st century, is about to revolutionize capitalism, as Ford did in its era. The film paints a global portrait through a new point of view: Amazon’s own employees, from various countries, describe a model they experience from the inside. From Poland to India, to the English countryside, in Canadian warehouses and the Seattle Headquarters, this film presents a great social fresco, mixing portraits with investigation, and the intimate with the mega machine.
Cinematography by Adrien Pinon, Thomas Lafarge, Katerine Giguère and Suyash Shrivastava. Editing by Matthieu Lere and sound design by Daniel Toussaint. Medhat Hanbali composed the film’s original music.
The World according to Amazon was produced by Valérie Montmartin and Sylvie Van Brabant for Little Big Story and Productions du Rapide-Blanc, with the financial support of ROGERS Documentary Fund and SODEC Quebec. Support for marketing and promotion was provided by Telefilm Canada, Canada Media Fund, the Quebec film and television tax credit, Région Ile-de-France, Région Provence-Alpes-Côte-d’Azur, CNC, Procirep-Angoa, France Télévisions, RTBF, Public-Sénat, Radio-Canada and RDI.