Another film experiencing success since its initial release is the documentary that sheds light on the politics of various American industries. In 1996, GM launched a line of electric cars that required no gas, no oil changes, and no mufflers.
Yet what should have become an auto industry revolution quickly faded under a complex interplay of social and political circumstances. Who Killed the Electric Car? uses a mock murder mystery format to explore the motives behind the virtual disappearance of electric automobiles.
Director Chris Paine interviews automakers, engineers, and legislators to create a portrait of how big business has a hand in controlling consumer markets. At a time when pollution and skyrocketing gas prices are often at the forefront of public debate, this provocative film answers important questions and raises new ones.