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Breaking Social

Breaking Social

Fredrik Gertten
Sweden
2023
93 min
Dutch Premiere
Signed
Synopsis

Work hard and pay your taxes—it’s the duty of every law-abiding citizen. But this social contract is crumbling away, and now those who earn money with the least effort are also contributing the least to society. Instead, they funnel their capital into tax havens, empty oilfields at bargain prices, and wield their political power to earn yet more money.

In this sometimes sad, sometimes hopeful film, Fredrik Gertten (PushBikes vs Cars) takes stock of a decaying system to show that while corruption and social inequality are a growing problem worldwide, there are still plenty of people who want to reverse this trend. Scenes of activists in multiple countries living their everyday lives talk about what made them decide to resist, and what opposition they face.

These scenes alternate with reflections from Dutch historian Rutger Bregman (author of the bestseller Humankind: A Hopeful History) and US author Sarah Chayes, as they reflect on the question of whether global corruption will prevail or whether honesty and fairness will ultimately emerge victorious.

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Credits
93 min
color
DCP
Spoken languages: English, Spanish
Director
    Fredrik Gertten
    Fredrik Gertten
Production
    Margarete Jangård for WG Film AB
    Margarete Jangård for WG Film AB
Cinematography
    Janice d’Avila
    Janice d’Avila
Editing
    Benjamin Binderup
    Benjamin Binderup
Music
    Florencia Di Concilio
    Florencia Di Concilio
Involved TV Channel
    YLE Finnish Public Media Company,
    SVT,
    NRK,
    VPRO,
    RTS
    YLE Finnish Public Media Company,
    SVT,
    NRK,
    VPRO,
    RTS
Distribution for the Netherlands
    Cinema Delicatessen
    Cinema Delicatessen
Screening copy
    Cinema Delicatessen
    Cinema Delicatessen

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