“Economic Revolution” is a conceptual animation that comments on the inequality and exploitation perpetuated by our modern economic system.
The moving vehicle we follow throughout the film is a visual representation of our economy- powered by the hard labor of the lower class. The track on which the vehicle climbs represents the growth and decay of our GDP. When there is a massive dip, indicating a recession, the machine flies off the track and is picked off by a shark. The shark is a symbol of massive international institutions like the IMF and World Bank, who 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. Seething tensions brought about by recession ignite class warfare as the boats attempt to sink their rivals.
The shark, uncomfortable with the unrest, regurgitates the economy and disappears to go find another. A new society begins to emerge from the bile, but the darkness infiltrates the homes and establishes industry behind them, exploiting the civilization that was beginning to form. The exploited workers emerge from their homes hollowed by industry, looking to be compensated for their labor. In retaliation, the anonymous hands of corporate industry 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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