Unlike summer blockbusters “The Amazing Spider-Man,” and “The Dark Knight Rises,” benefits practitioners won’t find any superheroes featured in “Murder by Proxy: How America Went Postal.” Unfortunately, though, there still are plenty of literal and figurative villains in the documentary, which aims to give HR/benefit professionals meaningful insight into workplace violence.

Billed as the first documentary to look at the spree-killing phenomenon of years past through the lens of a socio-economic shift that began years ago, “Murder by Proxy” was screened this past March at theaters in New York, Washington, D.C., and Royal Oak, Mich., with additional dates to be announced.

At a time when many workers have become disillusioned with corporations, comes a sobering documentary that delves into the frustrated mindset of the American workforce in past years. Featuring interviews with survivors and victims of mass shootings, the film explores how workplace conditions could be pushing people over the edge. The movie also includes many interviews with top U.S. experts on mass homicide who discuss why workplace events like this occur, and how it could have been avoided.

At times graphic, “Murder by Proxy” isn’t your typical ‘popcorn and soft drink’ type of movie,” says Emil Chiaberi, who wrote, produced and directed the film, co-produced by Oscar and Emmy-winning documentarian James Moll. “I think the film clearly shows that these incidents are the result of certain conditions that make people feel dehumanized and oppressed.”

 

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