Imagining Alternatives

A Graduate Symposium on Speculative Fictions

Film Screening

We are pleased to announce that we will be screening Ghosts With Shit Jobs (2012), the indie “lo-fi sci fi” winner of Best Feature Film at the Sci-Fi-London Film Festival, during Imagining Alternatives.

In the not-too-distant present, the Western economy has collapsed. North America and Europe are bankrupt and Asia is now the main economic power. Ghosts are what the Chinese call Westerners, and they are now employed as cheap, outsourced labor to do all the jobs the new fiscal masters won’t do: jobs such as Serena’s.

She makes a living by mentioning brands in casual conversation – a chameleon, professionally skilled at reinvention, her good humor and friendliness is only skin deep – beneath it is a cold and ruthless survivor, human spam!

Other jobs include baby makers, silk gatherers and digital janitors. Camera teams follow these marginalized and often-exploited workers as they cheerfully go about their daily jobs trying to eke out an existence.

This mockumentary, made for Chinese television, shows the harsh realities of what it is like to live in a third world country.

For more info, visit the film’s homepage.

The screening, which will be free and open to the public, will be on Saturday, October 19 in the Armory Building from 6:00 – 8:00pm.