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Oliver Ressler on Mon, 31 Jan 2011 23:42:21 +0100 (CET)


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<nettime-ann> [Newsletter] Screening of 4 films at the Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art in Porto


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The following films will be presented at the Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art in Porto (Portugal) as part of the exhibition âTo the Arts, Citizens!â (http://www.serralves.pt/actividades/detalhes.php?id=1758), followed by Q & A:

27 JAN, 18h30 | AuditÃrio
DISOBBEDIENTI
54â, 2002
Oliver Ressler & Dario Azzellini

27 JAN, 21h30 | AuditÃrio
WHAT IS DEMOCRACY?
118â, 2009
Oliver Ressler

28 JAN, 18h30 | AuditÃrio
COMUNA UNDER CONSTRUCTION
94â, 2010
Oliver Ressler & Dario Azzellini

SOCIALISM FAILED, CAPITALISM IS BANKRUPT. WHAT COMES NEXT?
19â, 2010
Oliver Ressler


For the new film âSocialism Failed, Capitalism is Bankrupt. What comes Next?â this is the European premiere.


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SOCIALISM FAILED, CAPITALISM IS BANKRUPT. WHAT COMES NEXT?
A film by Oliver Ressler

The film focuses on the political and economic situation in the Republic of Armenia, one of the successor states of the Soviet Union.

âSocialism Failed, Capitalism is Bankrupt. What comes Next?â was recorded in summer 2010 in Yerevanâs largest bazaar, called âBangladeshâ. Every day more than 1000 people try to survive as traders in the âBangladeshâ bazaar, where an average vendor does not earn more than 100 to 250 Euros per month. In the film, the marketâs traders talk about their struggles to survive during crises in a post-socialist state that closed most Soviet-era factories and dissolved social safety nets. The marketâs traders, primarily former factory-workers, describe how their living conditions worsened after the end of the Soviet Union; they speak about their hopes and expectations for social change. While they live in misery, a small but highly influential class of corrupt politicians and super-rich oligarchs team up with international corporations in order to fill their pockets with profits from transferring state property and licenses for mining.

A former mathematics professor Levon Yeremyan, who now survives by trading in the âBangladeshâ bazaar, notes, â95 per cent of people work and get the minimum wage, which is ridiculously low by European standards, and 5 per cent live like Arab sheikhs.â Most people would definitely agree with his description of the wide gap between the impoverished masses and the oligarchs in Armenia. This deep divide contradicts the official flattering data.

http://www.ressler.at/socialism_failed





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