The Yes Men
Changing the world one prank at a time.
Official film description...
A comedic documentary which follows The Yes Men, a small group of prankster activists, as they gain world-wide notoriety for impersonating the World Trade Organization on television and at business conferences around the world. The film begins when two members of The Yes Men, Andy and Mike, set up a website that mimics the World Trade Organization's—and it's mistaken for the real thing. They play along with the ruse and soon find themselves invited to important functions as WTO representatives. Delighted to represent the organization they politically oppose, Andy and Mike don thrift-store suits and set out to shock unwitting audiences with darkly comic satire that highlights the worst aspects of global free trade.
“While being perhaps the funniest political documentary ever made, it sadly never goes beyond the jokes and pranks. Apart from a few facts, a commentary by Michael Moore on how the WTO has done nothing for Mexico and a statement at the end (which proves the point of how exploitive WTO is), it's only a recording of Bichlbaum and Bonanno preparing and executing the jokes. And that is the films weakness.
Still, it is disturbing to watch scholars and businessmen accept outrageous racist and immoral ideas, even applauding them. As such, “The Yes Men” is a great documentary and one hell of a laugh.” – Henrik Sylow, – DVD Beaver Reviews
Technical information and screening rights...
Director(s): Dan Ollman, Sarah Price, Chris Smith
Production: Yes Men Films LLC
Actors: Mike Bonanno, Andy Bichlbaum, Michael Moore
Shooting locations: London, New York, Paris, Sydney, Finland
Run Time: 83 minutes
Language (Audio): English