el Documental del mes December 2017


Christian Tod

2017 90 min.

Original Version with Catalan and Spanish subtitles
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    • Technical specs

        • Direction: Christian Tod
        • Production: Arash T. Riahi, Karin C. Berger
        • Photography: Lars Barthel, Joerg Burger
        • Edit: Cordula Werner, Elke Groen
        • Music: Peter Rösner
        • Sound: Falk Möller



Just a few years ago, an unconditional basic income was considered a pipe dream. Today, this utopia is more imaginable than ever before – intense discussions are taking place in all political and scientific camps. FREE LUNCH SOCIETY provides background information about this idea and searches for explanations, possibilities and experiences regarding its implementation.

Globalization, automation, Donald Trump. The middle class is falling apart. One hears talk about the causes, rather than about solutions. Time for a complete rethinking: An unconditional basic income means money for everyone – as a human right without service in return! Visionary reform project, neoliberal axe to the roots of the social state or socially romantic left-wing utopia? Depending on the type and scope, a basic income demonstrates very different ideological visions. Which side of the coin one sees depends on one‘s own idea of humankind: inactivity as sweet poison that seduces people into laziness, or freedom from material pressures as a chance for oneself and for the community. Do we actually need the whip of existential fear to avoid a lazy, depraved life in front of the TV set? Or does gainful employment give our lives meaning and social footing simply because we haven‘t known anything else for centuries? And because we‘ve never all had the freedom to self-actualise in other ways? That basic income is a powerful idea is indisputable: land, water and air are gifts of nature. They are different from private property that humans create by their individual effort. However, when we receive wealth from nature, from the commons, then that wealth belongs to all of us equally. From Alaska‘s oil fields to the Canadian prairie, from Washington‘s think tanks to the Namibian steppes, the film takes us on a grand journey and shows us what the driverless car has to do with the ideas of a German billionaire and a Swiss referendum. FREE LUNCH SOCIETY, the first international film in cinemas about basic income, is dedicated to one of the most crucial questions of our times.

About direction (Christian Tod)

Born in 1977 in Linz, Austria, Christian Tod is an accomplished economist, currently working on his dissertation thesis about unconditional basic income. His debut film, „Fatsy –The Last Cowboy of Austria“ (Documentary, 54min, 2007) received an honorable mention at Crossing Europe Film Festival Linz in 2007. Christian Tod‘s first feature length documentary „Es muss was geben“ (104min, 2010) was the opening movie at Crossing Europe‘s 2010 edition, was chosen for the official election at Filmfest München in 2010 and got theatrically released nationwide in January 2011. Being a success with both audience and critics, „Es muss was geben“ firmly established Christian Tod as an auteur filmmaker. For his current and most ambitious film “Free Lunch Society – Come Come Basic Income” Christian Tod fell back upon his scientific expertise and made a movie about the subject of both his diploma and dissertation: The unconditional basic income.

Awards & Festivals

  • Official Selection, CPH:DOX* - Dinamarca, 2016
  • Diagonale, Festivale of Austrian Film - Austria, 2017