7.0/10
1,288
24 user 4 critic

Surplus: Terrorized Into Being Consumers (2003)

Looks at the arguments for capitalism and technology, such as greater efficiency, more time and less work, and argues that these are not being fulfilled, and they never will be.

Director:

Writer:

Reviews
4 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

Photos

Add Image Add an image

Do you have any images for this title?

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Videocracy (2009)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A look at segments of the Italian population who are consumed with celebrity worship.

Director: Erik Gandini
Stars: Silvio Berlusconi, Flavio Briatore, Fabio Calvi
Gitmo (2005)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Looks at the link between Guantanomo Bay and the torture methods used in Iraq. How US forces handle the task of retrieving information from the detainees. Ex detainee Mehdi from Sweden breaks his vow of silence.

Directors: Erik Gandini, Tarik Saleh
Fidel (2001)
Documentary | Biography
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Documentary about Fidel Castro, covering 40 years of Cuban Revolution. Rare Fidel Castro footage: he appears swimming with a bodyguard, visiting his childhood home and school, playing with ... See full summary »

Director: Estela Bravo
Stars: Fidel Castro, Muhammad Ali, Harry Belafonte
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

A documentary analyzing the role of the modern American media and its effects on democracy.

Director: Robert Kane Pappas
Stars: Charles Lewis, Robert McChesney, Mark Crispin Miller
Comandante (2003)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Documentary on the director's meeting with Castro.

Director: Oliver Stone
Stars: Fidel Castro, Oliver Stone, Juanita Vera
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

An investigation of "disaster capitalism", based on Naomi Klein's proposition that neo-liberal capitalism feeds on natural disasters, war and terror to establish its dominance.

Directors: Mat Whitecross, Michael Winterbottom
Stars: Ewen Cameron, Janine Huard, Naomi Klein
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

A documentary about the stereotype of the gay voice.

Director: David Thorpe
Stars: David Thorpe, George Takei, Tim Gunn
Debtocracy (2011)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

Debtocracy seeks the causes of the Greek debt crisis and proposes solutions sidelined by the government and the dominant media. It follows countries like Ecuador that created debt Audit Commissions and tracks this process in Greece.

Directors: Aris Chatzistefanou, Katerina Kitidi
Stars: Samir Amin, Hugo Arias, Alain Badiou
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Internationally Sweden is seen as a perfect society, a raw model and a symbol of the highest achievements of human progress. The Swedish Theory of Love digs into the true nature of Swedish ... See full summary »

Director: Erik Gandini
Documentary | Animation | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  

In an age in which xenophobia, nationalism and intolerance are a daily occurrence, we have grown accustomed to thinking of the world as divided among warring creeds and cultures. ... See full summary »

Director: Erik Gandini
Amerasians (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Director: Erik Gandini
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

The two young Swedish journalist's Erik Gandini and Tarik Saleh have worked one year with Sacrificio, a film about the events surrounding the death of Che Guevara. They have traveled the ... See full summary »

Directors: Erik Gandini, Tarik Saleh
Stars: Jon Lee Anderson, Ciro Bustos, Régis Debray
Edit

Cast

Cast overview:
John Zerzan ...
Himself
...
Himself (archive footage)
...
Himself
Kalle Lasn ...
Himself - Adbusters
Matt McMullen ...
Himself - RealDoll
Steve Ballmer ...
Himself (archive footage)
Tania ...
Herself - Cuba
Mirta Muniz ...
Herself - Cuba
Svante Tidholm ...
Himself
Edit

Storyline

Looks at the arguments for capitalism and technology, such as greater efficiency, more time and less work, and argues that these are not being fulfilled, and they never will be. The film is about our world, the modern civilization that eats more than needed. It's not very much information that is physically showed, its the pictures in symbiosis with music that is the real strength in this flick. It leans towards anarcho-primitivist ideology and argues for a simple and fulfilling life. Written by Ulf Kjell Gür

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Documentary

Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

| |

Release Date:

21 November 2003 (Netherlands)  »

Also Known As:

Nadprodukcja: Terror konsumpcji  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Color:

See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Quotes

narrator of Adbusters-spot: The average North American consumes 5 times more than the Mexican, 10 times more than a Chinese person, and 30 times more than a person from India. *BURP!*
See more »

Connections

Features Le strade di Genova (2002) See more »

Soundtracks

Triptico
Performed by Gotan Project
Courtesy of Yabasta Records / Universal
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
powerful, potent, and a must see
10 April 2006 | by (Melbourne , Australia) – See all my reviews

this is a very brilliantly made documentary. there are more than one narratives going at once, streaming to you in a cleverly cut together fashion, which normally juxtaposes what is being said to what the opposite is.

for those who say this film is like a music video rather than a documentary, all i can say is that you don't get it. the fashion and rhythmic style of the editing is not to make it amusing but to hammer and retort on the style of consuming that exists today. that is, to repeatedly go back and back and back and back to the same product and consumer goods to feed feed feed feed our structured likes/wants/needs from advertising from a completely absorbing imperialistic consumer society.

with that said, if that made sense to you, you too would enjoy this documentary; it changed the way i looked at life to an extent.

go watch this film. now.


7 of 10 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Don't bother watching it tharg3691-1
Reminded me of... kreisikutsu

Contribute to This Page