Breaking Social

Breaking Social

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COUNTRY: Sweden YEAR: 2023 RUNTIME: 93 min

DIRECTED BY: Fredrik Gertten

LANGUAGE(S):English, Spanish


PRODUCED BY: Margarete Jangård


EDITED BY: Benjamin Binderup

SCORE: Florencia Di Concilio



All societies are based on the idea of a social contract. A set of unwritten rules that dictate that we work hard, treat others with respect and obey the law for the good of all. But not everyone follows the norms. Fraudsters hide their money in tax havens, while others profit from the community without giving anything back. Inequality is growing, eroding social cohesion in a world haunted by crisis
With world-renowned Dutch historian Rutger Bregman (author of the bestseller ‘Humankind: A Hopeful History’) as his sympathetic expert witness, Swedish documentarian Fredrik Gertten (‘Push’, ‘Bikes vs. Cars’) explores when and how positive change can occur despite kleptocracy and corruption.
Bregman’s thunderous speech to the world’s richest at the Davos summit went viral in 2019, and his genuine faith in the common good is deeply inspiring in a film that calls for radical change if our societies – locally and globally – are to endure in an uncertain future.

Fredrik Gertten

Fredrik Gertten is an award-winning Swedish director and journalist. Many of his films like BECOMING ZLATAN (2016), BIKES VS. CARS (2015), BIG BOYS GONE BANANAS (2012) and BANANAS! (2009) were shown in more than 100 countries and on leading film festivals. In 1994, Fredrik Gertten founded the production company WG Film. Before that, he worked as foreign correspondent and columnist for radio, television and daily newspapers in Africa, Latin America and Europe. Today, he not only directs, but also produces films at WG Film, which has become one of the biggest Swedish production companies known for its local stories with global impact. In 2017, Gertten received an honorary doctorate from the faculty of Cultural Studies at the University of Malmö for his work as a documentary filmmaker. In 2019 he won the Award of the Open Eyes Youth Jury at our festival for PUSH.

True Blue (1998), The Death of a Working Man’s Newspaper (2001), An Ordinary Family (2005), The Socialist, the Architect and the Twisted Tower (2005), BANANAS!* (2009), Big Boys Gone Bananas!* (2011), Bikes vs. Cars (2015), Becoming Zlatan (2016), PUSH – Für das Grundrecht auf Wohnen (2019), Breaking Social (2023)