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FMTV - The Lottery of Birth

The Lottery of Birth

Runtime: 76m 26s | Release date: 2013

This film features: Vandana Shiva.

Do you shape the world or does the world shape you? Is freedom something we are born with or something we must work to attain? Offering a torrent of mind-expanding ideas and information, The Lottery of Birth is going to make you think again about what it means to be free.

From birth onwards, our minds are a battleground of competing forces. The outcome of this battle determines the society we create. This is a film about the cultural, educational, political, and commercial forces that shape our identities, often in ways that limit both our personal and political freedom. Whether you're into philosophy, economics, or simply being a better person than you were born to be, you can't afford to miss this film.

Michael Albert
Stanley Aronowitz
Tony Benn
Nick Davies
Daniel C. Dennett
Bill Fletcher Jr.
George Monbiot
Steven Pinker
Jeff Schmidt
Vandana Shiva
Kathleen Taylor
Nicholas Woodeson
Howard Zinn


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Caroline Jones | 3 weeks, 6 days ago
Yet another fantastic, thought-provoking film.
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Pauline Balidiong | FMTV | 3 weeks, 6 days ago
Indeed, Caroline! Thank you for this feedback :) ~ Pauline
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Kim Burton | 4 months, 1 week ago
Very profound and amazing film. Always ask Why! Always question!
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Karelle | FMTV | 4 months, 1 week ago
We appreciate your beautiful feedback, Kim! ~ Karelle
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Andrew Thomas | 11 months, 1 week ago
Where to start. This is excellent. I'm not a bright or educated man, and after 57 years on this planet and a mundane life restricted by disability, a life of disappointment is mine till the end.
This film explains much of what have seen throughout my life and even though I have questioned many things during my time, I've failed miserably.
If you are young or a parent, be honest with yourself, your kids, friends etc. Watch the film and find a path through the thorny bushes that cut you daily. If your going to bleed for your country, stop, bleed for something worthwhile. You will be important to a few people during your life and vice versa but it will take years to realise it (another very good reason to watch the film), and do not give you faith and support to those who will abuse you every step of the way.
So watch the film, I'm going to eat mince pie ice cream and them sleep.
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Joyce Ann Solomon | FMTV | 11 months, 1 week ago
Thank you for such a meaningful feedback, Andrew. We greatly appreciate it. Sending you positive vibes from FMTV :) ~ Joyce
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Teresa Schell | 10 months, 2 weeks ago
That was a beautiful post Andrew, from a unique perspective. I send you positive thoughts as well. The film itself left me in my chair, reflecting for an extended period of time. It makes you want to rise up and do something, but where to begin? Awareness is a good start. And I am beginning to see that awareness grow. I saved a quote a year or so ago as a screensaver on my laptop. I see it countless times each day. The author is unknown but the quote is: “ I kept asking myself - Why doesn’t somebody do something, say something? And then I realized, I AM SOMEBODY.”
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Valerie Farragher | 1 year ago
Amazing documentary xoxo
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Joyce Ann Solomon | FMTV | 1 year ago
Thank you for the feedback, Valerie :) ~ Joyce
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Sara Cromwell | 1 year, 8 months ago
Very, very powerful, thank you for this.

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