Presented as part of MARX NOW, a series of events initiated by the Goethe-Institut in North America on the occasion of the 200th anniversary celebrations of Karl Marx’s birthday.

Short introduction by Professor Beverley Best, Concordia University, followed by discussion with filmmaker Christian Tod.

Just a few years ago, an unconditional basic income was considered a pipe dream. Today, this utopia is more imaginable than ever before - intense discussions are taking place in all political and scientific camps. Unconditional basic income means money for everyone - as a human right without consideration. Visionary reform project, neoliberal axe at the roots of the welfare state or socially romantic leftist utopia? The basic income shows very different ideological faces, depending on the type and scope of income. FREE LUNCH SOCIETY provides background information about this idea and searches for explanations, possibilities and experiences regarding its implementation. From Alaska‘s oil fields to the Canadian prairie, from Washington‘s think tanks to the Namibian steppes, the film takes us on a grand journey and shows us what the driverless car has to do with the ideas of a German billionaire and a Swiss referendum. FREE LUNCH SOCIETY, the first international film in cinemas about basic income, is dedicated to one of the most crucial questions of our times.

"Fascinating interviews, archival footage, and lively pop culture references." —Doxa Festival, Vancouver

Christian Tod is a filmmaker and economist. He began working on Free Lunch Society, combining his expertise in both fields for a project he considers utterly important for the future of mankind: Unconditional Basic Income. Free Lunch Society premiered in 2017 in Copenhagen at the CPH:DOX Film Festival, was theatrically released in numerous countries and has participated in over 50 film festivals.

Beverley Best is an Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Concordia University, Montreal. She is the author of Marx and the Dynamic of the Capital Formation: An Aesthetics of Political Economy (Palgrave Macmillan, 2010). She is currently preparing a monograph on the third volume of Marx’s Capital, titled, The Automatic Fetish: Perceptual Economies of Capital.
Year :  2018
Length :  95 min.
Director :  Christian Tod
Country :  Germany
Release date  20 November 2018

subtitled in English

Upcoming screenings 

Nov 20th 19:00
2018-11-14 03:30:03

Post screening discussion

Tuesday 20 November  19:00
In presence of film director Christian Tod