Tuesday, 24 January 2017

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"The Light Bulb Conspiracy", by Cosima Dannoritzer

Screened on 24 April 2012

Runtime: 75'

lightbulbOnce upon a time..... products were made to last. Then, at the beginning of the 1920s, a group of businessmen were struck by the following insight: 'A product that refuses to wear out is a tragedy of business' (1928). Thus Planned Obsolescence was born. Shortly after, the first worldwide cartel was set up expressly to reduce the life span of the incandescent light bulb, a symbol for innovation and bright new ideas, and the first official victim of Planned Obsolescence.

During the 1950s, with the birth of the consumer society, the concept took on a whole new meaning, as explained by flamboyant designer Brooks Stevens: 'Planned Obsolescence, the desire to own something a little newer, a little better, a little sooner than is necessary...'. The growth society flourished, everybody had everything, the waste was piling up (preferably far away in illegal dumps in the Third World) - until consumers started rebelling...

The film was followed by a Q&A, with:

  • Mr. Joan Úbeda (Executive producer of the film)
  • Mr. Florian Iwinjak (Programme and liaison officer for UNIDO, Brussels)
  • Mr. Chris Vanden Bilcke (Head of UNEP’s Liaison Office to the EU)

 


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View or download the original invitation pdf
Handout for the event pdf

Bogdan's Journey - Trailer - 25 January, 2017

To mark Holocaust Remembrance Day the United Nations and the Mission of Israel to the EU and NATO invite you to the screening of "Bogdan's Journey".

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This Ciné-ONU screening takes place at Cinéma Galeries.