Jean Ziegler, the Optimism of Willpower
Directed by Nicolas Wadimoff • Documentary • With Jean Ziegler • 2018 • 92 minutes
"A child who dies from hunger is a murdered child." —Jean Ziegler, Vice President of the Advisory Committee of the UN Right Council
In 1964, Jean Ziegler was asked by Che Guevara to fight the "capitalist Monster." Former collaborator of Kofi Annan, professor and writer, Ziegler's books still act as a manifesto to left-wing intelligentsia. At the UN Human Rights Council, he fights against "vulture funds," a new avatar of the "Monster." He goes back to Cuba, in his opinion the mother of all anticapitalist forces. The visit becomes a dialogue between reality and symbolism, confronting his thinking with today's Cuban destiny.
An in-depth documentary on the charismatic and controversial sociologist, professor and best-selling author Jean Ziegler and his endless belief in socialism. With intimate access we witness Ziegler's battle against poverty and for economical independence of developing countries. Ziegler's books have been translated into many languages and distributed worldwide.
"Succeeds in honoring the committed contemporary, but not without critically questioning his dogmatism." —Film Bulletin