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The Forgotten Space (2012)

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The sea is forgotten until disaster strikes. But perhaps the biggest seagoing disaster is the global supply chain, which - maybe in a more fundamental way than financial speculation- leads the world economy to the abyss. The film follows container cargo aboard ships, barges, trains and trucks, listening to workers, engineers, planners, politicians, and those marginalized by the global transport system. We visit displaced farmers and villagers in Holland and Belgium, underpaid truck drivers in Los Angeles, seafarers aboard mega-ships shuttling between Asia and Europe, and factory workers in China, whose low wages are the fragile key to the whole puzzle. And in Bilbao, we discover the most sophisticated expression of the belief that the maritime economy, and the sea itself, is somehow obsolete. -- (C) Official Site

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By methodically exposing the physical impossibility of perpetual growth, the film reveals how absurdly self-defeating human and ecological exploitation through mechanization has become.

February 14, 2012 | Full Review…
Village Voice
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The longer this unfocused screed goes on, the thinner your patience wears.

February 14, 2012 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…
Time Out
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[Displays] a good visual instinct for the sublimity, as well as the ugliness, of the industrial and postindustrial environments, and a patient and generous interest in what people have to say about their own lives.

February 14, 2012 | Rating: 3.5/5
New York Times
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At times as much a travelogue as it is an investigative portrait, [it] finds unexpected tributaries where mass transit has altered the life of the common worker, usually with negative results.

January 20, 2014 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
Oregonian

The strong point of this film is its spectacular imagery. The weak point (which for me tips the balance)... is its naïve, posturing Marxist commentary and insistence on its own profundity.

April 12, 2012 | Rating: 4/10 | Full Review…
Playback:stl

The filmmakers more or less show us in The Forgotten Space how the sea is capitalism's global trading floor writ large.

February 12, 2012 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
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