Bitcoin: The End of Money as We Know It

Synopsis: Bitcoin: The End Of Money As We Know It traces the history of money from the bartering societies of the ancient world to the trading floors of Wall St. The documentary exposes the practices of central banks and the dubious financial actors who brought the world to its knees in the last crisis. It highlights the Government influence on the money creation process and how it causes inflation. Moreover, this film explains how most money we use today is created out of thin air by banks when they create debt. Epic in scope, this film examines the patterns of technological innovation and questions everything you thought you knew about money. Is Bitcoin an alternative to national currencies backed by debt? Will Bitcoin and cryptocurrency spark a revolution in how we use money peer to peer? Is it a gift to criminals? Or is it the next bubble waiting to burst? If you trust in your money just as it is - this film has news for you.
Genre: Documentary, News
Director(s): Torsten Hoffmann (co-director), Michael Watchulonis (co-director)
  3 wins.
 
IMDB:
7.1
NOT RATED
Year:
2015
60 min
13 Views

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[Voiceover] Look closely.

What do we all have in common?

No matter what corner of

the world you live in,

You need food, water,

shelter and money.

Half of every transaction

involves money,

in exchange for

goods or services.

Stocks, a loaf of

bread, illegal drugs,

You gotta pay for it.

We spend much of our

live chasing money

to make a living,

and accomplish our dreams.

But it's also an

instrument of destruction.

Some might say evil.

Driving criminals to lie,

steal and even murder.

- The existing banking system,

extracts enormous

value from society

and it is parasitic in nature.

- [Voiceover] Money is

a catalyst for the worst

and the best of human endeavor.

Before civilization,

we created currency.

Fuel for wars.

The path to power.

Champion and enemy

of innovation.

Money is so integral

to our society,

and our global economy,

that its true nature

remains a mystery to most.

This is the story of money.

Perhaps the end of

money as we know it.

No matter how fat

your bank account,

or how thin your wallet.

To us it's all cold, hard cash.

There are some who

want to kill it.

Get rid of it.

Burn your dollars,

your euros, your yen,

and transform every

penny you have,

into ones and zeros.

Digital currency

entrusted to the web

and computers spread

across the planet.

Magic internet money.

It's called

cryptocurrency, Bitcoin.

Invented in secret,

it was a gift to the world.

- It's not just a currency,

but it's actually

programmable money.

- [Voiceover] A potential

curse on bankers.

- I mean, there's nothing

that the big banks or

politicians can do to stop it.

- [Voiceover] Breaking

every governments grip

on money supply.

- What the internet

did for information,

Bitcoin is doing for money.

- Could it be the new gold?

- No, you have to really stretch

your imagination,

to infer what the intrinsic

value of Bitcoin is.

- Regulators, the Federal

Reserve, the banking system,

at least understand

this is a thing

that they have to

take seriously.

- This going to change

the economic culture.

- Bitcoin could be a

micro-economic miracle worker

and it could be a

macro-economic wrecking ball.

- [Voiceover] Is Bitcoin

the currency of the future,

a Godsend for criminals,

or a recipe for

financial disaster?

If you trust your

money just as it is,

we have a little story to share.

(dramatic instrumental music)

Once upon a time

there was a big party,

with everyone standing

around the punch bowl, drunk.

Politicians credited

the strong economy

to their wise decisions.

Businesses jumped into

new profitable markets,

ignoring risk.

If fact the experts

said there was no risk.

Then, troubling market

data from minor countries,

spooked the markets.

Rumors spread.

More bad news rattled

housing prices,

at the heart of the

financial world.

A major bank went insolvent.

Investors and

businesses made a run

on the other banks,

demanding their cash deposits.

The largest financial

institutions

in the center of the

modern world were frozen.

Assets were seized,

banks foreclosed.

A credit crunch threatened

the entire world economy,

and then finally,

the government stepped in.

The largest bank bailout ever.

Swift action by the head

of state had saved the day.

Remember that?

No you don't.

It happened 2,000 years ago.

Rome, 33 A.D.

Ground zero for the first

recorded liquidity crisis

and government

bailout in history.

The largest empire the

world had ever seen,

was brought to its knees

by a banking disaster.

Emperor Tiberius used money

from the National Treasury,

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