October 7, 2016 • 8:30pm, 96 MIN
The Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery

Betting on Zero

Dir.Ted Braun, 2016

Can Wall Street be used as a force for morality? Ted Braun’s (DARFUR NOW) riveting financial docu-thriller BETTING ON ZERO follows a to-the-death battle driven by hedge fund manager Bill Ackman, who is on a crusade to bring down Herbalife, the nutritional supplement company whose business model, he asserts, is an illegal pyramid scheme. While Ackman accuses the company of targeting working class Latino communities with a “business opportunity” that is nothing more than a sham, Herbalife execs in turn accuse Ackman of attempting to bankrupt them solely in order to make a killing off his billion dollar short position against the company.