“Sharp critique” – “Fascinating” – “Outstanding achievement”

“it is beautifully crafted and a very moving, unforgettable experience”

“I think it has an important contribution to make to what I see as a world-wide coming together of like-minded enquiring people who are realising that there is more to this money business than first meets the eye”

“I most liked the fact that it showed ‘real life’ images, for example the food bank organisers. I liked the open-ended message, that there was not one single conclusion fed to the audience, as in other documentaries, but instead it opened a space for people to think, raise their own questions and reflect on potential solutions”

“‘Money Puzzles’ does a fantastic job of marshalling, bringing together and moving to and fro between so many different contexts and languages while remaining coherent and without recourse to voiceover. Really impressive. I enjoyed it enormously and learnt a lot.” Michael Witt, University of Roehampton

“Sharp critique of the European financial crisis is on display in the aftermath of Brexit and in a country where austerity measures have hit hard. Michael Chanan’s ‘Money Puzzles’ uses the board game of Monopoly, played by young children, to introduce a Marxist critique of European debt, particularly in Greece and Spain. The film, divided into nine chapters, goes into bureaucratic offices and onto the streets; officials, the unemployed, and the barely-scraping-along describe and dramatize the inequalities of financial capitalism. Argentinians discuss the consequences of defaulting on their international debt. Ultimately, the children remind us of the remorseless behavior of the bankers.” Patricia Aufderheide, American University, Washington

“Debt is not only the funding mechanism of nations, companies and individuals, it has also become the invisible power that governs our lives and expectations. But to what principles, laws and institutions does this new unbreakable law respond? ‘Money Puzzles’ is a fascinating journey through lives and indebted States (from Argentina during the default to Spain during 15M) looking for something solid to fight the debt: how to understand it.” Chema González, Museo Reina Sofía, Madrid

“The outstanding achievement of the documentary is to construct a dialogical understanding with the viewer of the historical and contemporary nature of money and the problematic of debt in terms of transnational economic and geopolitical dynamics. Its visual content, interviews and structure effectively and clearly communicate crucial issues for citizens in today’s world which are simultaneously complex and reflective. I congratulate you for the magnificent job you have done, and as a teacher and researcher committed to the value of documentary cinema for the development of critical consciousness in the citizen and in our students, I thank you for the research and realisation of a film that without doubt will have a relevant impact.” Maria Luisa Ortega, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid