The Lottery of Birth

The Lottery of Birth

DVD - 2013
Average Rating:
Rate this:
"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. Drawing on the best minds in philosophy, history, psychology, physics and economics, it employs decades of evidence to interrogate what we are, where we are and where we want to be. 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. THE LOTTERY OF BIRTH is the first film in a groundbreaking new three-part documentary series: CREATING FREEDOM. The series as a whole explores the most urgent questions of power, control and freedom in modern democracies ..."--Mangu.TV website.


From the critics

Community Activity


Add a Comment

Jul 03, 2016

If you have the courage to see how the "world" really must watch this. It deals with everything from the day you are born to the day you die....A MUST!!! 101 Stars!

Nov 16, 2015

The bonus features are interviews twenty to thirty minutes long. The documentary itself is interesting but is more like a piece of ideological expression rather than actually documenting something; argumentative and lacking any narrative.

xaipe Jan 28, 2015

"The Lottery of Birth" is the first in a projected series under the umbrella title "Creating Freedom." This independently produced documentary series explores the relationship between freedom and power in democratic society, drawing together interviews with some of the world's leading intellectuals, academics, journalists and activists. A wide-ranging analysis of the mechanisms and manifestations of power, "Creating Freedom" joins the dots between the education system, the media, PR, democracy, and economics to offer an alternative perspective on today's society and the future we are creating.
If art and activism are to be judged by their potential to trigger transformation, then the "Lottery of Birth" is a masterpiece on both counts. While following its own line of argument, the film draws together a remarkable collection of interviews from progressive academics across the world in both the social and natural sciences. Many are beloved and familiar faces on the left: Tony Benn, Vandana Shiva, Michael Albert and the late, great Howard Zinn. (Rumour has it, Chomsky's in the sequel.) The interviewees are intimately lit against cold black backdrops and skillful direction has them leaning into the lens like you're the only person in the room. In my opinion, this movie should be shown and discussed in high school and college history/sociology classes but I doubt is will be; it's too much of a boat-rocker for public schools nowadays. "The Lottery of Birth" is the first in this projected series and I look forward to the next chapter.

Sep 14, 2014

Very interesting video and part one of a series. Waiting for the next one.

Jun 22, 2014

I absolutely recommend this. I would go as far as saying this should be mandatory viewing for everyone, but that concept goes against the theme of this documentary. The ideas presented in this show must be seeked out by the curious and intellegent and not forced on people who aren't ready to be enlightened. You will be changed by this film. You will finally begin to understand why the world is what it is. And you should never be the same again.

ravenheart May 21, 2014

Great documentary. Be sure to watch the extended interviews in the extras. My greatest complaint is that the title was poorly chosen and as a result the film ultimately isn't going to reach the number of viewers it could have. At first glance of the cover, it appears as if this documentary deals with matters related to child birth (which it of course doesn't). I think, for the U.S release, this should have been called something more like, "Is this really a Democracy?". Other than my disapproval for the title, my only other major complaint is this should have been much longer, and could have easily come in at a 2 to 3 hour length --- and that's taking into consideration that this is part of a series.


Add Age Suitability

There are no ages for this title yet.


Add a Summary

There are no summaries for this title yet.


Add Notices

There are no notices for this title yet.


Add a Quote

There are no quotes for this title yet.

Explore Further

Browse by Call Number


Subject Headings


Find it at BPL

To Top