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Scene taken from the documentary “Surplus: Terrorized into being consumers“
Has director Gandini been using a crystal ball in order to make this award-winning 2003 documentary film? Surplus gives a clear prognosis of the contemporary economic crisis and is a treat for critical minds. Images of George Bush, Fidel Castro, and Microsofts Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer are combined with controversial statements of anti-capitalist and anarcho-primitivist John Zerzan. An interesting twist is given by the cleverly edited music, lip dubs and sound bites, used as playful references towards commercials predominating the Western consumerist society.
On one hand, the film shows the contemporary consumer society, but on the other hand, the viewer is drawn towards the world of protests and anti-consumerism. Communist Cuba is shown as an antithesis of the Western countries with the highest Gross domestic product. Surplus furthermore criticizes corporations such as Microsoft and the bizarre production of Real Dolls.