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Marx Reloaded

Marx Reloaded
© Icarus Films

Germany / France  2010, 52 min., documentary, English
Writers and Directors: Jason Barker, Alexandra Weltz, Cinematography: Boris Becker, Hans Schauerte, Editor: Carsten Piefke, Music: Markus Rieger, Producers: Irene Höfer, Andreas Schroth, Starring: Nina Power, Jacques Rancière, Peter Sloterdijk, Alberto Toscano, Slavoj Žižek

Marx Reloaded is a cultural documentary that examines the relevance of German socialist and philosopher Karl Marx's ideas for understanding the global economic and financial crisis. Today a new generation of philosophers, artists and political activists are returning to Marx’s ideas in order to try to make sense of the crisis and to consider whether a world without or beyond capitalism is possible. Is the severity of the ongoing recession a sign that the capitalist system’s days are numbered? Ironically, 20 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, could it be that communism might provide the solution to the growing economic and environmental challenges facing the planet?


Written and directed by Jason Barker – himself an experienced writer, lecturer, translator and doctor of philosophy – Marx Reloaded includes interviews with leading thinkers on Marxism, including those at the forefront of a popular revival in Marxist and communist ideas. The film also includes interviews with leading skeptics of this revival as well as light-hearted animation sequences which follow Marx's adventures through the matrix of his own ideas.

Source: Icarus Films