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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.

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Erik Gandini

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Erik Gandini
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John Zerzan ... Self
George W. Bush ... Self (archive footage)
Fidel Castro ... Self
Kalle Lasn Kalle Lasn ... Self - Adbusters
Matt McMullen ... Self - RealDoll
Steve Ballmer ... Self (archive footage)
Tania Tania ... Self - Cuba
Mirta Muniz Mirta Muniz ... Self - Cuba
Svante Tidholm Svante Tidholm ... Self
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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

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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!*
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Theme from Good People
Written by Mark O'Sullivan
Performed by The Mighty Quark
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this documentary is not communist propaganda
18 April 2005 | by peeter-piiri-001See all my reviews

It is very important to understand, that the makers of this documentary does not idealize the alternatives of western consumerism. Vice versa, they show it very clearly that the "alternatives" of such consuming madness are the same - madness. The idea of this documentary is not the communist propaganda. As a matter of fact, it is impossible to show this documentary in Cuba. It is too critical for them too. The idea of this film is to show the hopelessness of the situation, where we live. In documentary Zerzan says, that he does not think that the destroying and burning are solutions, but there are simply nothing more to do. This film declares, that we have no solutions nor alternatives. This is not the propaganda of violence, but the tragic conclusion, that it is more ethical (bu only more) to burn and to destroy, than to consume and to conform from day to day.


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Sweden

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Release Date:

21 November 2003 (Netherlands) See more »

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Nadprodukcja: Terror konsumpcji See more »

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Shanghai, China See more »

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Atmo Media Network See more »
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