In 1994, in a Seattle garage, Jeff Bezos created a bookstore. 25 years later, his company owns over 250 warehouses, ships 14 million parcels a day and dominates the e-commerce market in five continents. The World According to Amazon pulls back the curtain on Bezos’ monolith — revealing how it’s impacted so many aspects of our lives, making him the world’s richest person in the process.

What’s next for Amazon? In Seattle, 20% of the downtown area is occupied by Amazon. Tens of thousands of executives fill their highrises, causing rents to skyrocket and homelessness to increase by 600%. When the government declared a state of emergency Amazon fought the tax that was meant to counteract the problem, and then it launched its own housing policy.

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But for Bezos, dominating a city is not enough, and so he’s turned his attention to the skies, or, more specifically, the cloud. Amazon is the leader in online data storage infrastructure. 70% of the world's Internet now travels through Amazon’s data centres in Northern Virginia.

The World According to Amazon explores how a single company impacts the distribution of products, the infrastructure of our economy, and the data that defines us.

Credits (Click to expand)

Directors

Adrien PINON

Thomas LAFARGE

Cinematography

Adrien PINON

Thomas LAFARGE

Katerine GIGUÈRE

Suyash SHRIVASTAVA

Script and research

Adrien PINON

Thomas LAFARGE

Alexandre SHELDON

Narrator

Vito Defelippo

Editing

Matthieu LERE

Original Music

Medhat HANBALI

Sound Design

Daniel TOUSSAINT

Production

LITTLE BIG STORY, FILMS DU RAPIDE-BLANC

Produced by

Valérie Montmartin and Sylvie Van Brabant

A France-Canada coproduction

With the financial participation of 

The Rogers Documentary Fund

SODEC Québec

Fonds des Medias du Canada

Québec Crédit d’impôt cinéma et télévision

Mise en marché TELEFILM Région Ile-de-France, région Provence-Alpes-Côte-d’Azur

CNC

Procirep-Angoa France Télévisions

RTBF, Public-Sénat

Radio-Canada

RDI