Tonight’s movie, Obey, comes loaded with a powerful filmmaking punch: All images are taken off the interwebs and reconfigured to create a dystopian 51 minute vision, based on journalist Chris Hedge’s book Death of the Liberal Class. You can check out the whole move here and the trailer here.
Hedge’s book made the argument that a breach has occurred between the liberal class — consisting of academics, artists, educators, creatives, clergy, journalists, politicians, etc — and the radical social and political movements it once supported or sympathized with.
In Obey, directed and narrated by Studiocanal founder Temujin Doran, this breach is traced back to the rise of the military industrial state and propaganda machines during World War II. From there we travel though the 2008 election to a potential future that spells the total destruction of the planet and the end of life as we know it as society collapses and corporations mine the last bit of resources out of our environment.
Our one chance, argues Obey, is to rebel, to practice ongoing acts of civil disobedience based on moral, ethical values.
There is a powerful warning message in this film, along with political theory stressing the rise of inverted totalitarianism:
a system where corporations have corrupted and subverted democracy and where economics trumps politics..every natural resource and every living being is commodified and exploited to collapse and the citizenry are lulled and manipulated into surrendering their liberties and their participation in their government by excess consumerism and sensationalism.
Looking forward to discussing this with all of you and our co-host JP Sottile, at 5pm West Coast time, on FDL’s main page.