“Economic Revolution” is a conceptual animation that comments on the pitfalls of a capitalist economy. The film aims to create an abstract, nightmarish landscape that parallels the inequality and exploitation perpetuated by our modern economic system.
We begin the film with a machine on a track. The contrast in the architecture of the top and bottom of the machine is meant to illustrate the welfare gap and how our economy is built off the backs of the poor. After rising to the top of the roller coaster, which is meant to represent the growth and decay of our GDP, there is a massive dip, indicating a recession. The machine flies off the track and is picked off by a shark, symbolizing massive international institutions like the IMF and World Bank that take advantage of failing economies by loaning them money with high interests rates. In the pit of the sharks stomach, a circus-like arena, the machine re-emerges, this time in the form of two separate boats; one wealthy, one poor. With the accumulation of debt, austerities, and cuts to healthcare and social programs that ensure wealthy people can maintain their quality of life with hefty tax breaks, class warfare ensues. The shark, uncomfortable with all the unrest, regurgitates the economy and disappears to go find another. Modest dwellings emerge from the bile, but the darkness infiltrates the homes and establishes industry behind them, exploiting and taking advantage of the civilization that was beginning to form. The exploited workers emerge from their industrially hollowed homes, looking to be compensated for their labor, but detached hands in corporate suits quickly come to squash the opposition with massive hammers. The cycle resumes, but as the film continues the tension and sense of crisis increase dramatically. This corporately motivated cycle of exploitation is all too familiar to us and when it hollows out one society, it moves along to others that are more vulnerable. The only way for us to establish a new system is to develop a new form of resistance; one that is inspired, diverse, and intersectional. This is the significance of the explosion of color we see at the end. Once this flawed economic system has been eradicated, new life quickly springs up in this revitalized landscape, emblematic of a new society forming that develops strategies to be resistant to greed and exploitation.
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