A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Don't take actions or words at face value and seek the truth. Do what's best for the greater or common good of others.
Positive Role Models
Employees share history of Boeing as Seattle, Washington's biggest employer, provider of middle-class status for families, and contributor to U.S. economic growth. President Donald Trump and Elaine Chao, U.S. Secretary of Transportation, take action to ground certain Boeing planes. U.S. congressional investigation led by Representative Peter A. DeFazio is launched to determine the reasons behind two crashes only months apart. Congress passes the Aircraft Certification Reform and Accountability Act in 2020. Veteran pilot Captain Chesley Sullenberger and Christopher Hart, National Transportation Safety Board Chairman, are also aviation experts and share their knowledge. Indonesian investigators locate cockpit voice recorder and flight data recorder. Wall Street Journal reporter Andy Pasztor and Jon Ostrower, editor-in-chief at The Air Current, cover the crashes and seek the truth behind the tragedies.
BIPOC and White men and women passengers and family members, Boeing plane personnel, aircraft experts, legislative employees, and journalists.
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Violence & Scariness
Fatal airplane crash sites, passenger and crew deaths, bodies identified, and debris floating in water.
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Swear words include "damn," "f--k," and "f--king."
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Products & Purchases
Smartphones, laptops, names and logos on airplanes and apparel, and discussions about company mergers, stock prices, and corporate bonuses.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Alcohol and smoking references and images.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Downfall: The Case Against Boeing looks at the investigation of two fatal airplane crashes only months apart. The planes were Lion Air Flight 610 in Indonesia in October 2018 and Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 in Ethiopia in March 2019. Images and references include crash sites, passenger and crew deaths, bodies identified, debris floating in water, and smoking and alcohol use. Swear words include "damn," "f--k," and "f--king." Featured positive messages include don't take actions or words at face value and seek the truth. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
This is definitive documentary-making by award-winning director Rory Kennedy about the two aircraft crashes that impacted lives across the globe. In Downfall: The Case Against Boeing, Zipporah Kuria, daughter of Joseph Waithaka, recalls her father's final words before his March 10, 2019 departure on Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302. "He was going to Kenya because he wanted to better the community that he grew up in…He said that 'I love you, and I said 'I love you too.'" For Wall Street Journal reporter Andy Pasztor, it was important to unveil why these events took place. "They had the public's trust," Pasztor says of the company's stellar reputation, "and two planes dropped out of the sky." Kennedy's thought-provoking film is must-see viewing to learn about a senseless chapter in global aviation history.
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