The American dream is changing. And it’s not just America. Some say wealth and success and the allure is already a global nightmare. A new documentary from Amazon Studios takes a deep, candid look into how society becomes at risk from being too successful.
Lauren Greenfield’s Generation Wealth is an extraordinary visual history of our growing obsession with wealth.
Weaving two and a half decades of work into an epic narrative, Greenfield has created a revelatory cultural documentation of wealth for viewers to explore through a retrospective film
Generation Wealth is a multi-platform project that Lauren Greenfield has been working on since 2008, and is being released in 2017 as a museum exhibition, a photographic monograph, and a feature documentary film.
Through riveting first-person interviews, Greenfield’s journey starts in Los Angeles and spreads across America and beyond, as she documents how we export the values of materialism, celebrity culture, and social status to every corner of the globe. We embark on this journey with Greenfield as she travels the world – from Los Angeles to Moscow, Dubai to China – bearing witness to the global boom-and–bust economy and documenting its complicated consequences.
We hear the stories of students, single parents, and families overwhelmed by crushing debt, yet determined to purchase luxury houses, cars, and clothing. We visit the homes and observe the rituals of the international elite—from Bel-Air to Monaco, Russia to China. We gain intimate access into the lives of those that rose to extraordinary wealth and then lost “big” during the global economic crash of 2008. And we encounter the A-list celebrities we follow on reality TV and social media, the same influencers who shape our consumer desires and sense of self.
Provoking serious reflection, Generation Wealth is not about the rich, but about the desire to be wealthy, at any cost. Or, to at least appear to be to the most people possible.