Death by China

Economist Peter Navarro tries his hand at documentary filmmaking with mixed results in the provocative Death by China. As a wake-up call for Americans to pay greater attention to their nation’s corrupt corporate and political policies towards China since that nation’s induction into the World Trade Organization in 2001, Navarro scores points. But to take Death by China’s message seriously—and it is a profoundly serious one—the viewer must overcome Navarro’s less-than-imaginative, bargain basement filmic techniques. That Martin Sheen narrates the documentary lends it credibility, an intelligence that compels Navarro’s audience to sit up and take notice. So it’s a shame that the material that Sheen must put his weight behind is conceived in such a shrill, amateur fashion. Read the full review


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