Astoria - Written and directed by Paul Mason, former Economics Editor of Channel 4 News and BBC's Newsnight, Astoria follows a Syrian refugee’s journey to the West. Once there, an encounter with the past in a Budapest hotel draws a parallel between Europe’s historical and current response to refugees.
Concentration of wealth yields concentration of political power. And concentration of political power gives rise to legislation that increases and accelerates the cycle. … Governments are not representative. They have their own power, serving segments of the population that are dominant and rich.
A map of the world that does not include Utopia is not worth even glancing at, for it leaves out one country at which humanity is always landing. And when humanity lands there, it looks out, and seeing a better country, sets sail. Progress is the realisation of Utopias.
Promoting “normality” is a political choice that serves the powerful, while leaving the rest of us (i.e. “good citizens”) dissatisfied and insecure … Accepting yourself as you are is an act of civil disobedience.