The GDP dogma rules unchallenged media, politics and public opinion: development equals growth, and growth can only be a result of an increased Gross Domestic Product. However, many disagree with that. Not just economists, scientists and opinion-makers, but many lay-people, who try in their everyday lives to distance themselves from that assumption, and to adopt a different lifestyle. People who choose to live without following the “compulsory” myth of endless growth. People who daily choose to apply, in different ways and situations, the concept of “degrowth”.
This film is a journey across Italy to unveil these stories. Five surprising and exemplary stories will help us to better understand what “degrowth” really means, and how it is easier than we think to break free from the GDP dogma and to begin building a fairer society, starting from our own lives.
The film is the result of the professional activity and personal interest of the authors, who have challenged, with different modalities, the GDP dogma and explored its alternatives. Fioramonti has contributed to the creation of indexes other than the GDP, and for the last decade has been working on local development and participation. Bertaglio brings in his wide experience of the web of local projects and centres of the “Movement for a happy degrowth” (Movimento per la Decrescita Felice, MDF) in Italy.
Stefano Cavallotto has many years of experience as film-maker and producer of documentaries about ecological sustainability, civic engagement and social participation.
We plan to produce a DVD to be added to a special edition of one of the national newspapers, as well as to be sold by the main bookshops, fair-trade shops and any over relevant venue. The film will be shown at the main festivals across Italy and Europe.
We also aim to show it in schools, universities, charities and other organizations, and to offer it to the main TV channels.