Power Trip

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Released 2003

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Director:
Paul Devlin
Released:
2003
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Power Trip is a 2003 documentary from director Paul Devlin that chronicles part of the transition from communism to capitalism in the small ex-Soviet nation of Georgia. During this time period, Georgia privatized its national electricity company and sold it to AES Corporation of Arlington, Virginia. However, AES soon runs into several problems. The citizens of Georgia did not have to pay for electricity in the Soviet Union, and they are reluctant to pay their utility bills. Moreover, corruption and vandalism is rife. AES must deal with government officials who expect to receive bribes and with customers wiring their homes to steal electricity. At one point, 90% of all of AES' customers refuse to pay their bills, forcing AES to cut off power to much of Georgia. This leads to massive rioting in the capital of Tbilisi even as the company works to improve infrastructure and increase the availability of electricity. Through the difficulties endured by AES, Power Trip documents the challenges ex-Soviet nations face in their transition to capitalism.moreless

Metacritic Score

  • 80

    The New York Times Stephen Holden

    A skillful assemblage of newsreel clips, cartoons ridiculing the American interlopers, television commercials and interviews with power officials and ordinary Georgians. It gives n...

  • 80

    Variety David Stratton

    Made with deft evenhandedness, Paul Devlin's accomplished film plays almost like a fictional drama, containing suspense, comedy and some colorful characters.

  • 75

    San Francisco Chronicle Edward Guthmann

    Devlin tells his story without bias but with shards of gallows humor.

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Politics, Culture