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March 11–24, 2016

Chicago Premiere

Requiem for the American Dream

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"This well-paced and cogent seminar... [Noam Chomsky] seems at the height of his intellectual powers"
  —New York Times
"Potent... As one expects, Chomsky again proves to know more about his [right- and left-wing] targets than they seem to know about themselves"
  —Hollywood Reporter
"A lucid analysis that's breathtaking in its simplicity, and all the more scary for it"
  —TimeOut NY
"Requiem for the American Dream is sure to pack a much-needed punch in America's gut"
"Requiem for the American Dream could very well be embraced as the final word on economic inequality in the United States"
Recommended "Its release couldn't be more timely"
  —Chicago Reader

Requiem for the American Dream is the definitive discourse with Noam Chomsky, widely regarded as the most important intellectual alive, on the defining characteristic of our time—the deliberate concentration of wealth and power in the hands of a select few. Through interviews filmed over four years, Chomsky unpacks the principles that have brought us to the crossroads of historically unprecedented inequality—tracing a half-century of policies designed to favor the most wealthy at the expense of the majority—while also looking back on his own life of activism and political participation.

Profoundly personal and thought provoking, Chomsky provides penetrating insight into what may well be the lasting legacy of our time—the death of the Middle Class and the swan song of functioning democracy. A potent reminder that power ultimately rests in the hands of the governed, Requiem for the American Dream is required viewing for all who maintain hope in a shared stake in the future.

Directed by Peter D. Hutchison, Kelly Nyks & Jared P. Scott, USA, 2015, 73 min.


  • Fri., March 11 at 6:15 & 7:45 pm
  • Sat.–Sun., March 12–13 at 4:30, 6 & 8:30 pm
  • Mon.–Tues., March 14–15 at 6:15 & 7:45 p.m.
  • Thurs., March 17 at 6:15 & 7:45 p.m.
  • Fri., March 18 at 6:15 & 7:45 p.m.
  • Sat., March 19 at 6 & 8:30 p.m.
  • Sun., March 20 at 4:30, 6 & 8:30 p.m.
  • Mon–Thurs., March 21–24 at 6:15 & 7:45 p.m.
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$10 general admission

$5 for Facets Members

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  • John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
  • Artworks: National Endowment for the Arts
  • Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences
  • Comer Family Foundation
  • Bloomberg Philanthropies
  • Alphawood Foundation
  • Polk Bros. Foundation