The cross-border trade with services and data is increasing, and human beings are becoming commodities. Market mechanisms continue to assert themselves, and the vision of a global society based on universal values is trampled underfoot − a mere illusion?
As part of the 18th Karlsruhe Talks, the film night goes in search of answers to the questions as to the chances and the risks that a »world(market)society« conceals.
Approximately 20 to 30 billion dollars are concealed in tax havens − an amount corresponding to two thirds of global debt. As a consequence of increasingly comprehensive tax dodging entire states are threatening to collapse: »Time Bomb Tax Dodge − When Will the System Collapse?«
Agricultural lands are considered the most profitable form of investments in the 21st century. The scramble for prime agricultural lands in underdeveloped countries is enormous − and these continue to be sold in spite of the famines acutely endangering native populations: »Third World sellout?«
Globalization has long-since reached the sickroom. Whereas, in former times, cosmetic surgery and dental treatment were offered in Far East, the lure is now high-tech medicine at affordable prices: »My Bypass from Bangkok − The Health Tourism Business«.
In 2002 Google began constructing a global library and entered into contract with the largest university libraries. Authors throughout the world subsequently began campaigning for their copyrights. »Google and the Power of Knowledge«: a film about the failed knowledge monopoly of the Internet giants.
|Time Bomb Tax Dodge – When will the System collapse?
Dokumentary Film by Xavier Harel and Rémy Burkel
ARTE France 2013
|Third World Sellout
Dokumenty Film by Alexis Marant
ARTE France 2010
|My Bypass from Bangkok – The Health Tourism Business
Dokumentary by Wolfgang Luck
ARTE / ZDF 2009
|Google and Power of Knowledge
Dokumentary Ffilm by Ben Lewis
ARTE / ZDF 2013
- 18th Karlsruhe Talks [in German]
- Organization / Institution
- ARTE and ZAK | Center for Applied Cultural Science
- A ccoperation by ARTE and ZAK as well as Studium Generale at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)