System Error

Politicians, economists and the media are obsessed with economic growth. But why do we still cling to this concept? Clearly it is impossible to have infinite growth on a finite planet.

In ‘System Error’ award-winning director Florian Opitz (“Speed, In Search of Lost Time” and “The Big Sellout”) examines the fundamentals of capitalism. He reveals unexpected correlations and lays bare the pathological nature of the current system. He also examines the continuing impact of Karl Marx as an analyst of capitalism.

Filmed in Brazil, China, Germany, the U.K and the U.S.A, System Error gives a fresh perspective on the capitalist system and where it is leading us.


  • Year: 2018
  • Duration: 96 & 52 mins
  • Production: Port Au Prince
  • Director: Florian Opitz
  • Available Versions: ENG, ESP, GER
  • Country of production: Germany



  • Winner of the audience award of the German Documentary Award 2018, LOLA at BERLINALE (GERMANY), DoKFest Munich, international competition (GERMANY), Naturvision FilmFestival (GERMANY), ÖkoFilmtour in Brandenburg (GERMANY), Another Way Film Festival 2018 (Spain), Zagrebdox 2019 (CROATIA), Transitions Film Festival 2019 (AUSTRALIA), Cinemambiente 2019 (ITALY), Festival Cinéma Sous Les Etoiles 2019 (Montreal, CANADA), Alternatyv Festival 2019 (SWITZERLAND), Take One Action Film Festival 2019 (UK), special screening in Luxembourg ( Cinémathèque de la ville de Luxembourg) and a special cinema screening organised by Dokumentarkino in Oslo (Norway).

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