3th DMZ Docs(2011)
I AM DOCU
Marx Reloaded – whose title is a parody of the well-known Hollywood Blockbuster film The Matrix Reloaded – says it all. First, “Marx”. Marx Reloaded is not about the stuffed state-ideology of a Marxism which disappeared into the dark recesses of history twenty years ago. On the contrary, it is a cultural documentary that examines Marx’s ideas themselves and their relevance for a proper understanding of today’s capitalist system. And then “Reloaded”.
Recalling the U.S. subprime mortgage crisis in 2007 and the global financial crash in 2008-09, Marx Reloaded dares to revive the Marxist clichés: class struggle, ideology, exploitation, commodity fetishism, the idea of communism, and so on. Instead of accepting the crisis at face value, Marx Reloaded explores the strengths and weaknesses of such ideas through interviews with prominent critics of capitalism, many of whom like Slavoj Zˇ izˇ ek, Antonio Negri, John Gray and Peter Sloterdijk have quite different perspectives. In this way the film tries to reload Marx’s ideas with new meanings for understanding the economic, political and ecological crisis that capitalism is accused of having started. Once Marx was treated like a dead dog. Today Marx sells well as a cultural icon. Does this make the left’s job easier? Marx Reloaded tackles such a difficult question and asks, “Are Marx’s ideas still relevant for diagnosing and changing our capitalist reality?” Humoristic and thoughtful, the film leaves the ‘real’ answer to us.
Which pill will you take? Blue or Red? Yes, it really is us who decide! (LEE Jae-won)
Jason Barker was born and grew up in London and educated at Cardiff University, where he received his PhD in philosophy in 2003. He is an established writer and translator of political theory. His introduction to the work of the French philosopher Alain Badiou was published in 2002 and has since been translated into Turkish, Korean and Albanian. As well as having taught Marx for many years in UK and French colleges and universities, Jason has contributed to some of the world's most respected theoretical journals. In 2009 he began writing and directing Marx Reloaded with the support of German TV Medea Film. Marx Reloaded (2010)
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