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The forgotten space.

Reemst, Frank van, (film producer.). Verheij, Joost, (film producer.). Lucassen, Vincent, (film producer.). Sinzinger, Ebba, (film producer.). Burch, Noël, 1932- (film director,, screenwriter.). Sekula, Allan, (film director,, screenwriter.). Burch, Noël, 1932- (film director.). Sekula, Allan, (film director,, narrator,, screenwriter.). Andriessen, Louis, 1939- (composer.). Tesi, Riccardo (Accordionist) (composer.).
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  • Physical Description: 1 online resource (1 video file (approximately 112 min.)) : sound, color
  • Publisher: [United States] : Icarus Films : 2012.

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Restrictions on Access Note:
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Creation/Production Credits Note:
Directed by Nol͡ Burch.
Participant or Performer Note:
Narrator, Allan Sekula.
Summary, etc.:
The "forgotten space" of Allan Sekula and Nol͡ Burch's essay film is the sea, the oceans through which 90% of the world's cargo now passes. At the heart of this space is the container box, which, since its invention in the 1950s, has become one of the most important mechanisms for the global spread of capitalism. The film follows the container box along the international supply chain, from ships to barges, trains, and trucks, mapping the byzantine networks that connect producers to consumers (and more and more frequently, producing nations to consuming ones). Visiting the major ports of Rotterdam, Los Angeles, Hong Kong, Guangdong province, and many places between, it connects the economic puzzle pieces that corporations and governments would prefer remain scattered. We meet people who have been reduced to cogs in this increasingly automated machine - the invisible laborers who staff the cargo ships, steer the barges, drive the trucks, and migrate to the factories, and whose low wages form the base of the entire enterprise. The film also introduces us to those who this system's efficiency has marginalized: the longtime unemployed occupants of a California tent city, Dutch farmers whose land is bisected by a new high-speed train line, and the displaced residents of Doel, Belgium, whose city is slated for demolition in order to expand the port of Antwerp. Employing a wide range of materials and styles, from interviews to classic film clips, essayistic voiceover to observational footage, The Forgotten Space provides a panoramic portrait of the new global economy and a compelling argument about why it must change.
Target Audience Note:
Not rated.
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Mode of access: World Wide Web.
Subject: Freight and freightage > Social aspects.
Harbors > Social aspects.
Business logistics > Social aspects.

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