The Big Sellout (2007)
Our World is being privatized!
Privatization is one of the most sensible subjects of the global neoliberal movement. The collateral damages cause to the people by privatizing public goods, like water, electricity, health assistance or public transportation, just to mention some, are enormous, but they do not appear in the financial statistics of organizations like the IMF or the WTO, which are convinced that privatization and deregulation of the world markets are the only ways to global economic boost.
In his film, Florian Opitz shows four examples of the consequences of privatizing public goods: the railway in Britain, the health service in the Philippines, the water in Bolivia and the electricity in South Africa. All these cases reveal a degradation of the life conditions of the population directly dependent of the privatized goods. “The Big Sellout” offers an empathetic and sobering study of the human impact of global economics.
I just found a Hungarian online version of the film (which can be found here). If you know other versions, please let me know.
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