[NetBehaviour] New U.S. film shows pranksters battling companies.

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Wed Aug 5 13:08:51 CEST 2009

New U.S. film shows pranksters battling companies.

 * "The Yes Men" spoofs depicted in documentary

* Hoaxes meant to show lack of corporate responsibility

By Christine Kearney

NEW YORK, July 26 (Reuters) - Jacques Servin fooled the BBC and the
world when he posed as a Dow Chemical (DOW.N) spokesman five years ago
and said that Dow would pay billions of dollars in compensation for
India's Bhopal disaster.

Such hoaxes by Servin and his partner, Igor Vamos, better known as the
American protest group "The Yes Men," are featured in a documentary
premiering on U.S. cable channel HBO on Monday.

"The Yes Men Fix The World" chronicles their efforts to lampoon what
they see as corporate greed and the excesses of a free-market economy.
It won the audience award at this year's Berlin film festival and will
hit U.S. cinemas in October.

"It's a bit like if you crossed Sacha Baron Cohen with Michael Moore,"
Vamos told Reuters in a recent interview of their stunts in which they
portray corporate or government representatives and infiltrate press and
trade conferences to make fake announcements.

Vamos, 41, better known as Mike Bonanno, and Servin, 45, who uses the
name Andy Bichlbaum among many other aliases, rely on humor to point out
corporate and government irresponsibility.

"We have prioritized profit pretty much over everything else and we have
seen the results," said Servin. "We are seeing it on Wall Street, with
millions of people losing their homes and we are starting to see the
results of that globally with climate change."


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