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Opitz, Florian

Overview
Works: 49 works in 120 publications in 5 languages and 428 library holdings
Genres: Documentary films  Nonfiction films  Internet videos  Documentary television programs  Nonfiction television programs  Educational films  Case studies 
Roles: Author, Narrator, Director, Other, Performer, Author of screenplay, fmd, Scenarist, Actor
Classifications: JZ1318, 383.482
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works by Florian Opitz
The big sellout( Visual )

12 editions published between 2006 and 2016 in English and German and held by 118 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Modern warfare has tried to dehumanize people, to take out the sympathetic element. When you drop bombs from 50,000 feet, you don't see who they're landing on, you don't see the damage. It's the same thing in economics when you talk about statistics and don't think about the people that lie behind those statistics. - Joseph Stiglitz, Nobel Prize Winner, former Chief Economist at the World Bank in The Big Sellout The new hard-hitting documentary, The Big Sellout, challenges current economic orthodoxy in contending that the dogmatic claims of the international business establishment for neo-liberal development policies are not supported by modern economic science. More importantly, it dramatically demonstrates how the implementation of these policies is having disastrous consequences for millions of ordinary people around the globe. Traveling throughout both the developing and industrialized world, The Big Sellout brings us face-to-face with the architects of the reigning world economic order, as well as with the people bearing the brunt of their policies. The film shows how international financial institutions such as the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank, are demanding draconian cuts in public spending, the privatization of public services and market liberalization as the only path to economic development. Then it tests these claims against actual case studies. The film takes us to the Philippines where we watch a desperate mother race against the clock to pay for her son's kidney dialysis, a weekly procedure he needs to live. Similarly, we encounter a patient whose relatives must continuously pump air manually into her lungs because they can't afford a ventilator. The film explains how the public health budget in the Philippines has undergone massive cuts since the 1980s, moving relentlessly towards a private health care system. As a result, those without resources are denied access to the vital procedures and medicines they need to survive. South Africa and Bolivia have suffered similar traumas, as their most vulnerable populations have faced exclusion from such basic services as water and electricity. We watch as activists in Soweto, the sprawling black township near Johannesburg, regularly risk their lives reconnecting electricity for people, many of them elderly, unable to pay the rising prices resulting from the privatization of the formerly public owned electric company. Similarly, citizens in Cochabamba, Bolivia organized enormous protests in 2000, following the decision by the Bolivian government to sell the public water company to a private corporation, which would have made water cost-prohibitive to much of the population. The Big Sellout shows how ordinary people are fighting the neo-liberal commodification of basic public goods. Industrialized countries, the film demonstrates, are not immune from the deleterious effects of these same neo-liberal policies. Great Britain's national railway system, privatized by the Tories in the 1990s, is today reeling from service disruptions, 19th century accident rates and crippling morale among its labor force. Simon Weller, a railway worker from Brighton, recalls that the British rail system used to be one of the most efficient in the world but since the government dismantled it and sold off its components to private corporations, conditions for both employees and customers have declined precipitously. Such evidence debunks the pervasive neo-liberal myth that private companies inevitably function more efficiently than public ones. The United States too is suffering the effects of this largely unchallenged economic paradigm on the quality of our daily life. We tolerate a defunct private health insurance system where corporate profits trump the well-being of individuals and communities; the U.S. has the highest health care expenditures in the world but ranks only 30th in life expectancy. We have a failing public education system but the neo-liberal answer is vouchers to support private, often for-profit schools. Furthermore, everything from correctional facilities to the customs service to actual military operations are being out-sourced to private corporations. For example, recent Congressional hearings revealed that millions of tax-payers' dollars targeted for rebuilding Iraq's infrastructure have been squandered on outrageous overcharging, blatant corruption and abandoned projects, sub-contracted to politically well-connected corporations. While national and international economic discourse is fixated on increasing efficiency and economic growth, The Big Sellout reminds us that there are faces behind the statistics. It raises serious questions about the neo-liberal credo that government best serves the public interest by becoming a servant to corporate interests. But brave individuals, like those showcased in this important new film, are standing up and demanding an alternative to the prevailing neo-liberal model, a model that the film shows to be as hollow as it is unsustainable. The Big Sellout shows the damage in the real lives of people that irresponsible privatization causes. It also shows how people resist- individually and collectively- all across the world. It shows us the injustices and the way we can combat the injustices. It is a truly educational film. - Immanuel Wallerstein, Yale The Big Sellout shows how the fight is so cruelly one-sided it seems impossible. People in very bleak circumstances find themselves struggling to resist the economic encroachments of very powerful international financial institutions. Yet the people are resourceful and stubborn in their resistance. They find ways to push back and their small victories against the behemoths become an inspiring message for the world. - William Greider, author One World, Ready or Not: The Manic Logic of Global Capitalism
System error( Visual )

11 editions published between 2017 and 2020 in English and German and held by 89 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This film examines the fundamentals of capitalism and the continuing impact of Karl Marx as an analyst of it
Der große Ausverkauf by Florian Opitz( Visual )

25 editions published between 2006 and 2010 in 3 languages and held by 61 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Inhalt: In vier ineinander verwobenen Erzählsträngen bringt Florian Opitz in seinem Dokumentarfilm "Der grosse Ausverkauf" dem Zuschauer das komplexe Phänomen "Privatisierung" über einfühlsame Porträts von Menschen aus verschiedenen Kontinenten nahe, die von den oft inhumanen und fehlgeleiteten Versuchen, das Wirtschaftswachstum zu steigern, unmittelbar betroffen sind. Menschen, die sich auf ihre ganz persönliche Art und Weise dagegen zur Wehr setzen. Doch auch "die andere Seite" kommt zu Wort. Diejenigen, die Privatisierungen befürworten und für die Lösung aller wirtschaftlichen Probleme halten. Wasser, Strom, Bahn, Gesundheit oder Bildung ... Schnell werden die Parallelen zu den wirtschaftspolitischen Entwicklungen in Deutschland deutlich und der Film macht klar: das Thema Privatisierung betrifft uns alle. (www.dergrosseausverkauf.de)
Speed auf der Suche nach der verlorenen Zeit by Florian Opitz( Book )

9 editions published between 2011 and 2013 in German and held by 57 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Haben wir die Grenzen von Beschleunigung und Effizienz schon erreicht? Was kommt dann? Unser Leben ist beschleunigt bis zum Anschlag. Die Technik, die seit der Erfindung der Dampfmaschine verhießen hat, uns ein immer bequemeres und genussreicheres Leben zu verschaffen, ist dabei, uns zu versklaven. Mit dem Takt, den globale Informationsübermittlung in Echtzeit über Handy, Blackberry und iPhone vorgibt, haben Menschen kaum noch die Chance mitzukommen. Wer treibt dieses Hamsterrad an, in dem wir alle leben? Und wo ist all die Zeit geblieben, die wir in den letzten Jahrzehnten durch immer ausgeklügeltere Technologien, Synergieeffekte und Effizienzmodelle gespart haben? Woher kommt dieser ständige Drang nach Beschleunigung überhaupt? Florian Opitz befragt und beobachtet Menschen, die sich, jeder auf seine Weise, mit dem rasenden Takt unseres Lebens arrangieren: eine Unternehmensberaterin, einen Informationsbroker, eine Krankenschwester, eine Pilotin, einen Burnout-Arzt, eine Bergbauernfamilie und viele mehr. So zeichnet er ein eindringliches Bild von den Hoffnungen und der Hilflosigkeit unserer Gesellschaft, etwas Sinnvolles aus der kostbaren Lebenszeit zu machen
Speed : auf der Suche nach der verlorenen Zeit by Florian Opitz( Visual )

8 editions published between 2013 and 2017 in German and held by 39 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Dokumentation über die Frage nach den Ursachen unserer beschleunigten Welt und unseres allgegenwärtigen Zeitmangels
The big sellout Der große Ausverkauf( Book )

4 editions published between 2006 and 2016 in English and German and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In seinem episodischen Dokumentarfilm beschreibt Florian Opitz die Folgen der Privatisierung öffentlicher Dienste, die Menschen weltweit - oft von internationalen Institutionen wie der Weltbank oder dem Internationalen Währungsfonds - aufgezwungen wird
Der grosse Ausverkauf : [verkaufen Sie jetzt - bezahlen Sie später ; unsere Welt wird privatisiert]( Book )

2 editions published between 2008 and 2009 in German and English and held by 5 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Speed : à la recherche du temps perdu( Visual )

2 editions published in 2012 in French and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Nous ne cessons de gagner du temps. Et pourtant, au bout du compte, nous en avons de moins en moins. Cherchez l'erreur... Bardés de nos appareils électroniques, nous filons d'un rendez-vous à l'autre. Mais pour les choses vraiment importantes, les amis, la famille, le temps semble ne plus suffire. Qui appuie sur l'accélérateur ? Dans son documentaire, le cinéaste allemand Florian Opitz mène l'enquête. Avec son regard subjectif et sarcastique, il parvient à aborder le thème complexe de l'accélération du quotidien d'une manière divertissante et très visuelle. Florian Opitz a rencontré des gens qui poussent à l'accélération et d'autres qui cherchent à sortir de l'agitation perpétuelle. Il a interrogé des spécialistes de la gestion du temps, des thérapeutes et des scientifiques sur les causes et les conséquences du manque de temps chronique. Il a rencontré des conseils en entreprise, des connaisseurs des marchés financiers, mais aussi fait la connaissance de gens qui refusent de se laisser entraîner dans cette course effrénée. Les besoins de son film l'ont mené jusqu'au Bhoutan, où il a découvert qu'un autre rythme était possible, que c'était seulement une question de volonté. (www.arte.tv)
Die Araber : Geschichte eines Feindbildes( Visual )

2 editions published in 2003 in German and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Die Sprache ist unpräzise, wenn bei Nachrichten über Krieg, religiösen Fanatismus oder Terror von der "arabischen Welt" gesprochen wird. Denn die Araber bilden - neben beispielsweise Schiiten oder Sunniten - nur einen kleinen Teil der islamischen Gemeinschaft
La gran venta : [un película sobre privatización]( Visual )

2 editions published in 2008 in Spanish and English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Para Minda de Manila, Bongani de Soweto y Simon de Brighton, la palabra "privatización" es más que un concepto abstracto. Es la realidad a la que se enfrentan diariamente. En este documental dividio en episodios, Floria Opitz examina las consecuencias de dicha privatización, comúnmente impuesta por instituciones como el Banco Mundial y el Fondo Monetario Internacional"--Container
Der Alte zwischen Alliierten und Allianzen( Visual )

1 edition published in 2001 in German and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A Nagy Kiárusítás( Visual )

1 edition published in 2007 in Hungarian and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The new hard-hitting documentary, The Big Sellout, challenges current economic orthodoxy in contending that the dogmatic claims of the international business establishment for neo-liberal development policies are not supported by modern economic science. More importantly, it dramatically demonstrates how the implementation of these policies is having disastrous consequences for millions of ordinary people around the globe"--California Newsreel on IMDb
Demain vous paierez l'eau( Visual )

1 edition published in 2008 in French and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Prônée par les néolibéraux comme la solution cardinale aux maux économiques, la privatisation des services publics est de plus en plus ressentie comme une menace par les citoyens des États concernés. 1.) Enquête aux quatre coins du monde sur les conséquences de la privatisation des services publics et leurs effets concrets dans la vie des individus. 2. ) Après avoir connu une vague de privatisations unique au monde au milieu des années 80, la Nouvelle-Zélande cherche aujourd'hui à en corriger les effets dévastateurs."
Modeling of Radiative Heat Transfer in an Electric Arc Furnace by Florian Opitz( )

1 edition published in 2017 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Physics-Based Modeling of Electric Operation, Heat Transfer, and Scrap Melting in an AC Electric Arc Furnace by Florian Opitz( )

1 edition published in 2016 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Erreur système : la fin du capitalisme?( Visual )

1 edition published in 2018 in French and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Les politiciens, les économistes et les médias sont obsédés par la croissance économique. Mais pourquoi nous accrochons-nous encore à ce concept ? Il est pourtant évident qu'il est impossible d'avoir une croissance infinie sur une planète finie. Ce film de Florian Opitz examine les fondamentaux du capitalisme. Il révèle des corrélations inattendues et met à nu la nature pathologique du système actuel. Il examine également l'impact continu de Karl Marx en tant qu'analyste du capitalisme.(rtsmedias.ch)
SPEED - Auf der Suche nach der verlorenen Zeit (E-Book plus) by Florian Opitz( )

1 edition published in 2012 in German and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Die Legende vom Befehlsnotstand( Visual )

1 edition published in 1998 in Undetermined and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

[Zeitenwende]( Visual )

2 editions published in 2005 in German and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

"Stehen wir vor einer Zeitenwende? 'Kulturzeit' fragt in einer 'extra'-Ausgabe zum 25-jährigen Jubiläum der Sendung, wie die Corona-Pandemie die Welt verändert hat. Es könnte alles anders sein - wir müssen es uns nur vorstellen. Davon ist der Sozialpsychologe Harald Welzer überzeugt - er diskutiert mit Cécile Schortmann darüber, im welchem Umbruch sich die Welt befindet und warum utopisches Denken wieder gefragt ist." (programm.ard.de)
 
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Alternative Names
Florian Opitz deutscher Regisseur, Autor und Journalist

Florian Opitz Duits scenarioschrijver

Florian Opitz German screenwriter, journalist and director

오피츠, 플로리안 1973-

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