The Society of the Spectacle

by Roxy Farhat & Göran Hugo Olsson
Guy Debord's prophetic theory from nearly six decades ago is interrogated by radical thinkers and interpreted through a mosaic of contemporary consumer spectacles.
2023  ·  1h30m  ·  Sweden
About the Film

An engrossing and humorous adaptation of Guy Debord’s 1967 essay La Société du Spectacle, unpacking the fucktangular dynamics of alienation, powerlessness and emptiness under the tr(i)ump(h) of capitalism and information technology. Today, the divine act of consuming things we do not need has gone beyond a meaningless recreational activity; it has become a new spiritual world order, unyielding even to the climate crisis that threatens our future existence. Created from contemporary images, found footage and original scenes, the film examines and illustrates the effect of consumerism and how the circulation of images creates desire and profoundly changes the way we see ourselves and interact with each other.

In The Society of the Spectacle, award-winning director Göran Hugo Olsson and acclaimed artist Roxy Farhat have joined forces to take on Guy Debord’s legendary essay. The result is a visually daring and thought-provoking film that tackles everything from the climate crisis to self-surveillances and social media. Together with renowned scholars and experts, the directors will help us unpack the text and place it in a current context. A fresh take on The Situationists groundbreaking ideas and a reinvention of “infotainment” as a visual format.

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Tobias Janson, Melissa Lindgren
Director of Photography
Johan Lundborg
Frida Beckman, Mikkel Bolt Rasmussen, Valerie Kyeyune Backström, Jyoti Mistry, Andreas Malm, Stellan Vinthagen
Roxy Farhat, Göran Hugo Olsson
Roxy Farhat
Zhala, Kelman Duran
Sound Design
Marco Lopez
Nanna Dalunde
About the Director

Roxy Farhat

Roxy Farhat (b. 1984 Tehran, Iran) is a visual artist artist and award winning director based inStockholm, Sweden. Her artistic practice spans over a wide set ofmediums, including video,performance, installation, documentary film, music video and more. Between politics and the aesthetics of the commercial sphere, Farhat’s work questions and examines establishedroles and expectations; Why do we live life in the weirdest way? Humor, absurdity, collaboration and the re-rendering of capitalist imagery are important elements of herpractice. Roxy holds a BFA from Konstfack in Stockholm and a New Genres MFA from UCLA.

Other films by Roxy Farhat

Göran Hugo Olsson

Göran Hugo Olsson is a film director and producer. Born 1965 in Lund, Sweden. Göran Hugo Olsson was educated at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Stockholm and is one of Sweden’s leading filmmakers internationally. His first cinema release Fuck You, Fuck You Very Much (1998) is a Swedish classic. He was editor and co-founder of the short documentary television program Ikon (SVT). The feature documentary The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975 (2011) became a huge hit in festivals, theatres and TV broadcasts worldwide, garnering numerous awards. It was followed by Concerning Violence (2014), narrated by Ms LaurynHill, which premiered at Sundance and the Berlinale to critical acclaim, and went on to be sold in 27 countries. He co directed Fonko (2016) and then That Summer (2017) which both were screened at festivals and television worldwide. He is one of the funders of the production company Story.

Other films by Göran Hugo Olsson