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2081: A World Without Exit

August 24, 2010

One great thing about attending this year’s non-Ephemerisle was the chance to mingle among a frenetic batch of the talented, the manic, the brilliant, and the mildly and fantastically insane. Some woman performed trapeze at 2 am, hanging over the river from a makeshift scaffold on a house boat. I kid you not. And yet despite the ad hoc nature of it all, there were a handful of thought provoking talks on the “Memocracy” boat–anything from how to manage your sleep schedule to Google’s educational policy research. One outstanding talk was given by Thor Halvorssen on his work with the Human Rights Foundation. In case you haven’t heard of it, do check out some of HRF’s efforts to promote liberty in the Americas, especially their work to free prisoners of conscience–harrowing tales, one and all. But besides founding HRF, and organizing the Oslo Freedom Forum, Thor also produces movies. I finally obtained a copy of his short film adaptation of Vonnegut’s Harrison Bergeron. It’s called 2081 and I can’t recommend it highly enough–an awesome parable on the inhumanity of a fierce egalitarianism enforced by state power. Here’s a the trailer (you can buy a copy on Amazon):

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6 Comments
  1. August 25, 2010 6:24 pm

    That horrible. Until this very moment I still keep on thinking what would happen to our future. This is a great overview it can help us understand our ways of living now and a year ahead. best height boost

  2. Jeff Gibson permalink
    September 1, 2010 6:31 pm

    This movie based upon this Vonnegut yarn has been done a few times.

    Why not do it again (I guess)…
    Other say the the Sean Astin Harrison Bergeron version was good enough.
    Had a glimmer of hope at the end.

  3. Devin permalink
    September 3, 2010 4:05 am

    This is honestly rather mild compared to the world of 1984 or even just reading out of a history textbook about the soviet union. And am I the only one that finds it silly that even though the Ballerinas are chained up and otherwise gimped people still show up to watch them hobble around?

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