Next on screen is a hard-hitting documentary by German documentary filmmaker, author and journalist Florian Opitz on the topic of globalisation: Tagline “Privatising the rain”
 
DER GROSSE AUSVERKAUF – THE BIG SELLOUT
(2007, 94, min., dir Florian Opitz, English subtitles)
 
DATE: 24 October 2011
TIME: 5 p.m.
VENUE: Howard College, MTB West Wing, 1st Floor, German Programme, Media Room F251
 
About the film:
A British train driver, a Philippine mother, a South African activist, and the citizens of a Bolivian city. They have come to realize what privatization means.
 
In his film, author and director Florian Opitz reveals the reality of the privatised and globalised world, which is supposed to be effective and shiny. He examines the effects of THE BIG SELLOUT, the worldwide privatisation of basic public services, such as water supply, electricity, public transportation, and even public health care. In South America, Asia, Africa, but also in Europe and the United States, Opitz meets people, for whom these promises are nothing more than hollow phrases. And what he finds is that THE BIG SELLOUT has only just begun.

In the documentary, Joseph Stiglitz, one of the world’s best known economists and Nobel Prize winner for economy makes the viewer understand where the dogma of privatisation came from, who profits from it, and what societies lose, when following it blindly. As refined former director of the World Bank, he comes from the world of financial institutions, but today he is fighting for the losers of the privatisation process, triggered by these same organizations. 

THE BIG SELLOUT is a very special film: The different storylines of the film are not narrated one after the other, but woven together and carefully intertwined in a thrilling, episodical structure that is as compelling as truthful, and results in a film that is even more exciting than the sum of its parts.
 

For further information please contact:
 
Dr. Marion Pape
University of KwaZulu-Natal
School of Language, Literature & Linguistics
German Programme
Durban, 4041
EMAIL: papem@ukzn.ac.za
TEL: 031-260 1086/2380
FAX: 031-260 1242

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