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Surplus

Eric Gandini weaves together news clips, archival footage, and various TV and video sound bites, accompanied by a throbbing techno sound track, to create a sort of Marxist music video. After shots of President Bush exhorting Americans to resume their shopping in defiance of the 9/11 terrorists, Gandini inventories the glut of material goods consumed in the U.S., while John Zerzan, one of the organizers of the WTO protests in Seattle, advocates the wholesale destruction of our culture and a return to the Stone Age. Much of the video's anticorporate ranting is disingenuous—Castro's Cuba is portrayed as a benevolent land where food rations are dispensed with perfect fairness—ebut the savvy assemblage of images and Johan Soderberg's rhythmically dynamic editing make for lively viewing. 52 min.

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