Free Lunch Society
Directed by Christian Tod
Austria | 90 min. | English, German (English subtitled)
What if everyone got an unconditional basic income? Would people still work? Or would we all prefer laziness and watching TV over honest working, thus confirming the stereotypical prejudices and justifying the public fear? And would the government be able to pay for all of it? What would the implications be from an economic, political and ethical point of view? Until recently, these questions were completely unmentionable or too far-fetched, but today they have become more present than ever.
Free Lunch Society is investigating the possibility of a basic income for all, without being indebted to society or owing our community anything. The documentary focuses on the possibilities and consequences viewed from an economic, political and ethical angle. In Finland, the first experiments will be set in motion. But the debate is open for discussion and in fact on the table in other countries as well, such as Belgium, the Netherlands and Switzerland. Is 'handing out money' a solution to the decline of the middle class? Will it work? Can the introduction of a basic income deliver results? Or will it just remain a utopian figment of our imagination and naive dream?
Director Christian Tod uses the style of a road movie and travels the world in search of opinions, options and existing experiences concerning one of the most discussed topics of our time. From exploring the oil fields in Alaska, across the Canadian prairie, all the way to the savannah in Namibia. He interviewed various authorities on the matter, from economic experts to people who are professionally involved in this subject on a daily basis. A must-see for everyone - for or against - the revolutionary idea of a basic income for everyone.
Director Christian Tod
Production company Golden Girls Filmproduktion & Filmservices GmbH
Editing Elke Groen, Cordula Werner
Producer Arash T. Riahi, Karin C. Berger, Robert Cibis, Lilian Franck
Cinematography Lars Barthel, Joerg Burger