Morgan Spurlock, right, in the short film "Cave-o-Nomics," part of his series "We the Economy: 20 Short Films You Can't Afford to Miss."
Morgan Spurlock, right, in the short film "Cave-o-Nomics," part of his series "We the Economy: 20 Short Films You Can't Afford to Miss." - 

Morgan Spurlock is hoping to demystify the economy with a new series of short films he's calling "We the Economy: 20 Short Films You Can't Afford to Miss."

"I think we live in a country and we live in a time where a lot of us are economically illiterate," Spurlock says. "Our eyes glass over, we start to go into a slump when we hear about derivatives or market fluctuations or the Federal Reserve. And I think having a basic understanding of how these things work and how they impact our lives is important. It's important for the citizenry, it's important for our communities, it's important for our country."

Watch the first film here:

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