Surplus—Terrorized Into Being Consumers

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Gandini, Erik. Surplus—Terrorized Into Being Consumers. Stockholm: ATMO, 2003. 35 mm, 52 min.

Surplus—Terrorized Into Being Consumers is an award winning Swedish documentary film on consumerism and globalization, created by director Erik Gandini and editor Johan Söderberg. Shot in the US, India, China, Italy, Sweden, Hungary, Canada, and Cuba during three years, it 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 that they never will be. The film is about our world—a modern civilization that consumes more than it needs to—and leans towards anarcho-primitivist ideology, arguing for a simple and fulfilling life. (Source: Top Documentary Films)

© 2003 ATMO. Trailer used with permission.

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