Free Lunch Society
Komm Komm Grundein Kommen
2017, Christian Tod, Austria/Germany, 95 min.
- Sat, Nov 17th 5:30pm
"Intriguingly wonky…makes for a pretty compelling argument." - Andrew Wright, Seattle Movie Times
The radical concept of a universal basic income has antecedents and predictors all over the map, a point filmmaker and economist Tod underlines in this documentary by kicking off with a prediction from the fictional future by none other than Captain Picard of "Star Trek: The Next Generation." The potential political and economic impact of providing a population with a sufficient income to free them from compulsory employment is examined through interviews with a wide spectrum of present-day wage-earners, including a Walmart employee, taxi driver, computer scientist, psychoanalyst, and seamstress. Tod follows the money and the arguments pro and con through an evolution of ideas and incipient proposals from the past from diverse proponents including economist Milton Friedman, presidents Lyndon Johnson and Richard Nixon, Donald Rumsfeld, and Martin Luther King, Jr. In German and English with English subtitles. Presented in cooperation with Goethe-Institut Chicago. DCP digital. (BS)
Director Christian Tod is scheduled to appear for audience discussion.