Affluenza

Overview

Produced for PBS by the network's Seattle affiliate KCTS, the semi-satirical documentary Affluenza dissects America's "rampant materialism" and "epidemic of overconsumption." After exploring the causes of affluenza, the film provides a diagnosis of the symptoms and suggests possible treatments -- or "escapes" -- for the afflicted viewer. National Public Radio personality Scott Simon serves as host, while guest stars include Joe Dominguez and Vicki Robin, who suggest how to get off the "work and spend treadmill" ...
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Overview

Produced for PBS by the network's Seattle affiliate KCTS, the semi-satirical documentary Affluenza dissects America's "rampant materialism" and "epidemic of overconsumption." After exploring the causes of affluenza, the film provides a diagnosis of the symptoms and suggests possible treatments -- or "escapes" -- for the afflicted viewer. National Public Radio personality Scott Simon serves as host, while guest stars include Joe Dominguez and Vicki Robin, who suggest how to get off the "work and spend treadmill" by citing their best-selling book Your Money or Your Life; Kalle Lasn, published of Adbuster magazine and creator of anti-manipulative "subvertisements"; Jennifer Gallus and Olivia Martin, teenaged authors of the award-winning play Barbie Get Real, which skewers the conspicuous-consumption cult of the Barbie Doll; and Gleen Stanton, social research analyst for public policy on behalf of James Dobson's Focus on the Family group, who discusses religious conservatism's response to materialism in everyday life. The 56-minute Affluenza made its PBS debut on September 15, 1997, and was followed by 1998's Escape from Affluenza.
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Special Features

Closed Caption
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/22/2011
  • UPC: 761326132027
  • Original Release: 1997
  • Source: Bullfrog Films
  • Time: 56:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 30,479

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Scott Simon Participant
Joe Dominguez Participant
Jennifer Gallus Participant
Kalle Lasn Participant
Olivia Martin Participant
Vicki Robin Participant
Glenn Stanton Participant
Technical Credits
Vivia Boe Producer
Enrique Cerna Executive Producer
Dave Davis Executive Producer
John de Graaf Producer, Screenwriter
John de Graff Producer, Screenwriter
Sheila Espinoza Score Composer
Francine Strickwerda Producer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Affluenza
1. Introduction [2:20]
2. The Definition of Affluenza [1:22]
3. Swollen Expectations: The 50s [3:00]
4. Shopping Fever [2:42]
5. Chronic Stress [2:03]
6. Hypercommercialism [1:05]
7. Material Girls (and Boys) [4:18]
8. Marketing to Children [2:08]
9. Schools Targeted [3:38]
10. A Rash of Bankruptcies [3:32]
11. Fractured Families [3:53]
12. Social Scars [3:40]
13. Global Infection [:44]
14. America Sets The Example [1:52]
15. The Simple Life [5:37]
16. Prevention and Cure [3:46]
17. Redefining "Progress" [1:40]
18. Living Better with Less [7:18]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Affluenza
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   Scene Selection
   Special Features
      "From the Filmmaker" a Conversation with John de Graaf (25 mins)
      "A Simple Calling" with Voluntary Simplicity Expert Cecile Andrews (10 mins.)
      "The Two Y's, Democracy and the Economy" with Economist Peter Dorman (10 mins.)
      Adbusters Uncommercials
         Play All
            Big Mac
            Bar Code
            Nicotine Is Not Addictive
            Economists Must Learn To Subtract
            TV Turnoff Week
            Obsession
            The Pig
      Teacher's Guide PDF (DVD-ROM)
      Viewer's Guide PDF (DVD-ROM)
   Other Resources
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