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Shadow of the Holy Book
Business en Absurdistan
  • Danemark, Suisse, Finlande | 2008 | 90 minutes | 35 mm
  • Un film de Arto Halonen

Ce documentaire se penche sur l’éthique des entreprises internationales et la dictature au Turkménistan, pays riche en pétrole et en gaz naturel. Les grandes entreprises contribuent à la propagande de la dictature, qui a besoin d’elle pour survivre.
Le dictateur turkmène, Saparmyrat Nyazow, a écrit un livre absurde : Ruhnama (Le Livre de l’âme) un instrument important du gouvernement pour réprimer les droits humains, notamment le droit de libre expression. Pourtant, secrètement, de nombreuses entreprises internationales soutiennent le Ruhnama et contribuent ainsi à faire taire les voix de l’opposition – en contrepartie, elles attendent des contrats d’une valeur de plusieurs millions de dollars.

Turkmenistan is a closed dictatorship with great oil and gas reserves. The now deceased dictator Saparmurat Niazov wrote the Ruhnama, also known as The Book of Soul, as guidance and law for his citizens. Ruhnama restricts freedom of speech as well as human rights and, despite the dictator’s death, the book is still a significant influence in the country.
In hope of business opportunities, international corporations have started to translate the propaganda-filled book. The appraisal of the book has helped corporations attain significant agreements with the rich dictatorship.
Western co-operation has helped Turkmenistan to maintain the dictatorship and to silence the opposition and non-conformists. Shadow of the holy book raises questions about the moral responsibility and obligations of large corporations. Are greed and profit to undermine human rights?