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|Date||Monday November 22|
|Time||7:30 PM - 9:30 PM|
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505 E. Charleston, Palo Alto
|Organizer/Author||World Centric - Aseem Das|
Consumer confidence has been low since September 11. A successful war against Iraq was supposed to be the only way to restore that confidence - and our happiness. "Surplus: Terrorized Into Being Consumers" asks, has is worked? Is shopping our salvation? If it is, why is the lifestyle of consumerism a source of such rage today? How come the privilege of buying goods does not automatically lead to happiness? "Surplus" portrays this issue from an emotional perspective, with clips filmed in the U.S., India, China, Italy, Sweden, Hungary, Canada and Cuba. They include George W. Bush’s famous “shopping-speech”, calling for a war against terrorism that deters the nation from the fear of consumption, Fidel Castro responding with hymns to the anti-consumerist, advertising-free island of Cuba, and Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer preaching that the computer will give us peace on earth by “bringing people together”, while Adbuster Kalle Lasn warns that advertising pollutes us mentally, that over-consumption is unsustainable, and that we are running out of oil.
The film will be followed by an open discussion led by Kevin Danaher, co-founder of Global Exchange.
$5 - $10 suggested donation; sponsored by Peninsula Peace and Justice Center, World Centric, and Peace Umbrella of Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto.