Films on Credit Cards

The Card Game

Documentary Frontline 2009 54 minutes. PBS’s award-winning investigative series “Frontline” examines how the banking and credit industries are reacting to new regulations guiding how Americans obtain the credit that so frequently turns out to be a curse rather than a blessing. How can credit card companies position themselves to continue making massive profits while encouraging fiscal responsibility and a stable U.S. economy? Politicians, lobbyists and consumer advocates respond.

In Debt We Trust

Documentary 2006 NR 98 minutes. Filmmaker and former journalist Danny Schechter (WMD: Weapons of Mass Deception) investigates Americans’ ongoing love affair with credit cards and the staggering level of personal debt it’s created, paying special attention to the relationship between Congress and the credit card industry. In a modern society that’s increasingly “financialized,” consumer debt is so common that extending credit has become highly lucrative.

Maxed Out

Documentary 2006 NR 87 minutes. With sobering facts, this thought-provoking documentary unveils the consequences of Americans’ collective addiction to plastic debt — including its contribution to the vanishing of a once-robust middle class. Investigating personal debt, the U.S. government’s out-of-control national debt and those who prey on the poor, this film explores the staggering financial burden people live with every day, which has driven some to extreme action.

Secret History of the Credit Card

Documentary Frontline 2004. The average American family today carries eight credit cards. Credit card debt and personal bankruptcies are now at an all time high. With no legal limit on the amount of interest or fees that can be charged, credit cards have become the most profitable sector of the American banking industry: more than $30 billion in profits last year alone. Frontline and The New York Times examine how the credit card industry became so pervasive, so lucrative, and so politically powerful.

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