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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.

Director:

Erik Gandini

Writer:

Erik Gandini
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Cast

Cast overview:
John Zerzan John Zerzan ... Himself
George W. Bush ... Himself (archive footage)
Fidel Castro ... Himself
Kalle Lasn Kalle Lasn ... Himself - Adbusters
Matt McMullen Matt McMullen ... Himself - RealDoll
Steve Ballmer ... Himself (archive footage)
Tania Tania ... Herself - Cuba
Mirta Muniz Mirta Muniz ... Herself - Cuba
Svante Tidholm Svante Tidholm ... Himself
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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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Country:

Sweden

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Swedish | Spanish | English

Release Date:

21 November 2003 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

Nadprodukcja: Terror konsumpcji See more »

Filming Locations:

Shanghai, China See more »

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Atmo Media Network See more »
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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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Features Le strade di Genova (2002) See more »

Soundtracks

Theme from Good People
Written by Mark O'Sullivan
Performed by The Mighty Quark
Courtesy of King Syndrome Sounds
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not in depth but that isn't necessary
11 November 2005 | by step2iceSee all my reviews

I watched this valuable piece of film many times. It isn't the usual type of documentary you see everyday. It mixes music (most electrical style) and short comments and speeches about the western consume nature and capitalism. It is somehow enjoyable to watch which makes the information easier to understand and remember. One peak is the satiric presentation of the "G8 World shop". You will see some video pieces of the worlds politicians remixed, edited and cut to a background comment. Very funny and very serious at the same time.

Besides the documentary "The Corporation" from Michael Moore, it's the most accessible documentary regarding this Problem which affects us all. Do yourself a favor and watch it.

10/10


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