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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 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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Powerful images, humor, and a great satire on other forms of terror in a globalised world
15 February 2007 | by alvaro-ramirezSee all my reviews

Surplus ranks among some of the best interrogative documentaries of all times. It is a great symphony, not of a city, but of the complex web of relations facing the planet in the new century. It is a satirical film but also an urgent call to reflect on our shopping habits, and the way contemporary society is shaping us, not so much as citizens but as consumers. Fast paced at times, humorous and innovative the films feels like a modern symphony of images and sounds that flow in different rhythmic beats contrasting nations, social conditions, habits and ways of being. It shows the powerless and the powerful and mocks chiefs of state who dance to the sound of the big corporations that financed their campaigns in order to be get them elected.


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