Aftermath of a crisis - VPRO documentary - 2011





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Published on Oct 5, 2011

Shortly after the beginning of the financial crisis of 2008 sociologist Manuel Castells gathered a small group of international top intellectuals to ponder the crisis. While the crisis expanded, Castells named his group 'The Aftermath Network', a reference to the new world which according to him will emerge from the ashes of the crisis. Members of the Aftermath Network think there is not only a financial and economic crisis, but also a social and cultural crisis that brings a fundamental change in the European and American societies.

How is it that, three years after the fall of Lehman Brothers and the subsequent rescue of banks with public money, the public sector is suffering from extreme austerity while the banking sector continues to make big profits? What has one to do with the other? The thinkers of Aftermath come together every summer in Lisbon. Meanwhile, the crisis is changing radically. Manuel Castells (sociologist), Terhi Rantanen (communication scientist), Michel Wieviorka (sociologist), Sarah Banet -Weiser (cultural scientist), Rosalind Williams (historian) and John Thompson (sociologist) analyze the crisis in all its forms and offer new, surprising perspectives.

Originally broadcasted by VPRO in 2011.
© VPRO Backlight August 2011

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Director: Bregtje van der Haak
Research: Gerko Wessel
Camera: Jean Counet
Sound: Joris van Ballegoijen
Producer: Helen Goossens, Marie Schutgens
Commissioning editors: Henneke Hagen & Jos de Putter
English, French and Spanish subtitles: Ericsson.
French and Spanish subtitles are co-funded by European Union.


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