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505 – Downsizing (2017)

spacetime coordinates: near future Norway / Nebraska2017-12-29-downsizingDownsizing is a 2017 american science fiction  / high-concept social satire / comedy-drama film directed by Alexander Payne, written by Payne and Jim Taylor and starring Matt DamonChristoph WaltzHong Chau, and Kristen Wiig. It tells the story of a couple who decide to undertake a newly-invented procedure to shrink their bodies so they can start a new life in an experimental community.

Starting with Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift, there exists a rich literature as well as many films dealing with mini-humans usually called dwarfs. The idea of shrinking human bodies in order to reduce the consumption of raw materials available on earth necessary for the life of mankind was presented for the first time in the novel Das Miniatom-Projekt (2006) by Richard M. Weiner. In the novel the miniaturization takes place at CERN by decreasing the sizes of atoms with the help of the world’s biggest particle accelerator, while in the Downsizing film the shrinkage is performed by bio-medical methods, by decreasing the sizes of cells.

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http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1389072/

479 – Human Flow (2017)

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Human Flow is a 2017 German documentary film co-produced and directed by Ai Weiwei about the current global refugee crisis. Ai Weiwei also comes from a past of displacement; his entire family was exiled to an isolate village of Xinjiang in the Gobi desert due to his parents being writers in the midst of the Cultural Revolution in China.

Like Human Flow, Ai has created similar art installations such as the “Law of the Journey” that features a 200 foot inflatable boat carrying 258 refugee figures, “Laundromat” where he filled a New York City gallery with discarded clothing and personal notes left by refugees in a camp in Idomeni Greece, and the recreation of the captured image of Aylan Kurdi, the young Syrian who drowned off the coast of Turkey.

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http://www.imdb.com/title/tt6573444/

https://www.humanflow.com/

407 – Geostorm (2017)

spacetime coordinates: 2019  2025 – Earth // the International Climate Space Station (ICSS)

Geostorm is a 2017 American disaster film co-written, produced, and directed by Dean Devlin as his feature film directorial debut. The film stars are Gerard ButlerJim SturgessAbbie CornishAlexandra Maria LaraRichard SchiffRobert SheehanDaniel WuEugenio DerbezEd Harris, and Andy García. The plot follows a satellite designer who tries to save the world from a storm of epic proportions caused by malfunctioning climate-controlling satellites.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1981128/

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“The ancillary promise is that, through green consumerism, we can reconcile perpetual growth with planetary survival. But a series of research papers reveal there is no significant difference between the ecological footprints of people who care and people who don’t. One recent article, published in the journal Environment and Behaviour, says those who identify themselves as conscious consumers use more energy and carbon than those who do not.”  Too right it’s Black Friday: our relentless consumption is trashing the planet   –    George Monbiot