Stara škola kapitalizma / The Old School of Capitalism (2009)

The Old School of Capitalism is rooted in the first wave of workers revolts to hit Serbia since the advent of capitalism. Desperate workers bulldoze through factory gates and are devastated to discover the site looted by the bosses. Eccentrically escalating confrontations, including a melee with workers in football shoulder-pads and helmets and boss and his security force in bulletproof vests, prove fruitless. Committed young anarchists offer solidarity, take the bosses hostage. A Russian tycoon, a Wall Street trader and US VP Biden’s visit to Belgrade unexpectedly complicate events that lead toward a final shock. Along the way, the film produces an increasingly complex and yet unfailingly lively account of present-day, in fact, up-to-the-minute struggles under the misery-inducing effects of both local and global capital.


CIA: Secret Wars (2003)

Discover the CIA like never before with interviews of the highest ranking officers: ex-CIA directors, deputy directors, field agents, ex-Secretaries of State, Presidential advisers… They all have accepted to talk about the CIA’s 60-year domination of the planet, from the days of Harry Truman to George W. Bush. This three-part documentary series takes an in-depth look at the anatomy and functioning of the CIA, its failures (the Bay of Pigs, the Watergate Scandal) and its chronic shortsightedness (inability to foresee the rise of Islamic fundamentalism and terrorism, the fall of the USSR, or the Sept. 11th attacks). The film identifies and dissects the CIA’s true power base and gives us a rare inside glimpse at the inner workings of the US intelligence agency and American government.


Perfect Storm: The England Riots (2011)

This mini-documentary film looks at the initial causes and wider context surrounding the recent England riots. Politicians refuse to acknowledge their role in creating a deeply unfair and failing society, a perfect storm of police brutality, city poverty and austerity measures, that will only get worse unless the root problem is addressed.

Fault Lines: The Top 1% (2011)

The richest 1% of US Americans earn nearly a quarter of the country’s income and control an astonishing 40% of its wealth. Inequality in the US is more extreme than it’s been in almost a century — and the gap between the super rich and the poor and middle class people has widened drastically over the last 30 years.

Meanwhile, in Washington, a bitter partisan debate over how to cut deficit spending and reduce the US’ 14.3 trillion dollar debt is underway. As low and middle class wages stagnate and unemployment remains above 9%, Republicans and Democrats are tussling over whether to slash funding for the medical and retirement programs that are the backbone of the US’s social safety net, and whether to raise taxes — or to cut them further.

The budget debate and the economy are the battleground on which the 2012 presidential election race will be fought. And the United States has never seemed so divided — both politically and economically.

How did the gap grow so wide, and so quickly? And how are the convictions, campaign contributions and charitable donations of the top 1% impacting the other 99% of Americans? Fault Lines investigates the gap between the rich and the rest.

Back to the Garden, Flower Power Comes Full Circle (2009)

In 1988, director Kevin Tomlinson interviewed a group of back-to-the-land hippies at a “healing gathering” in rural Washington state, practicing peace and love. Now, in this poignant examination of this community over time, he tracks down those original interviewees and their children twenty years later to find out what the glories and sufferings of living out of the mainstream and off the grid might really look like.


Bedingungslos glücklich? – Freiheit und Grundeinkommen (2011)

Damit wären sie frei, nur die bezahlte Arbeit zu verrichten, die sie wirklich tun möchten, und könnten zugleich wichtige Arbeiten, die kaum oder gar nicht entlohnt werden, zum Wohle des Gemeinwesens leisten. Das stärkt die individuelle Verantwortung ebenso wie die gesellschaftliche Solidarität, sagen die Befürworter, und könnte auch zur Lösung der kommenden Wirtschafts- und Energiekrisen beitragen.

In Deutschland und der Schweiz ist die Bewegung zum Grundeinkommen in den letzten Jahren stark gewachsen – das Engagement geht quer durch alle Parteien und Schichten. Im November 2010 beschäftigte sich sogar der Deutsche Bundestag mit einer Petition zum Grundeinkommen. Verschiedene renommierte Institutionen haben Modellrechnungen vorgelegt, die zeigen, dass Grundeinkommen auch finanzierbar ist. Erste Modellversuche im Ausland verliefen erfolgreich.

Stellen wir uns vor, in Deutschland oder in der Schweiz würde das bedingungslose Grundeinkommen eingeführt. Was könnte das für jeden einzelnen von uns bedeuten? Die Dokumentation von Sabine Jainski und Ilona Kalmbach beleuchtet die aktuelle Diskussion mit prominenten Befürwortern und Gegnern. Sie zeigt, wie aus einer utopischen Idee ein sehr reales neues Lebensgefühl heranwächst: von der Lebensgemeinschaft auf dem Land bis zum erfolgreichen Unternehmen, von der Köchin bis zur Lehrerin, vom Blogger bis zum Wirtschaftsprofessor nehmen immer mehr Menschen ihre Zukunft selbst in die Hand.

Vir: Bedingungslos glücklich – Freiheit und Grundeinkommen (3Sat Dokumentation 2011)

Philosophy: A Guide to Happiness

This six part series on philosophy is presented by popular British philosopher Alain de Botton, featuring six thinkers who have influenced history, and their ideas about the pursuit of the happy life.

Seneca on Anger

Schopenhauer on Love

Epicurus on Happiness

Montaigne on Self-Esteem

Socrates on Self-Confidence

Nietzsche on Hardship