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ONE WORLD 2012: Race To the Bottom

Date: 17 May 2012 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Venue: CZECH PERMANENT REPRESENTATION TO THE EU, Rue Caroly 15, 1050 Bruxelles

Závod ke dnu / Film by Vít Janeček / Czech Republic / 2011 / 82 min (in competition).

“The reality we live in could be called a technopolis. It is not nature. It is a world with its own unique sense of time and space. This time-space is defined by great acceleration… And what is this time-space of the technopolis? It is human labour,” renowned Czech philosopher Václav Bělohradský says at the start of Vít Janeček’s film. But is human labour actually the most important source of sense in modern ages? And has it replaced religion? The director poses those questions to former workers at the now-defunct factories OP Prostějov, Moravian Glassworks and Solo Sušice. He also speaks to employees of a multinational IT firm, sociologist Jan Keller, economist Ilona Švihlíková, and development expert Tomáš Tožička, who introduces us to an alternative economic model in which companies are run directly by staff. This highly topical film looks closely at work, the mobility of capital, and unemployment.

Director Vít Janeček will be present for a Q&A after the screening.

In cooperation with the Czech Centre Brussels.


Film trailer.

This screening is part of the One World in Brussels 2012 film festival.