Danny, a young man who refuses to leave the house much to the despair of his
mother, try to get rich by creating a YouTube channel. He is unsure about the subject
of his own channel, but he has no problem discussing with his mother the “ways of the
world”. According to him (and his findings on the Internet), all the possibilities of being
successful in life are blocked by powerful religious groups and lobbies.
Danny, now a little more expert on making YouTube videos, tries to make an episode about the Flat Earth theory. The arrival of the mother, requesting the plate and the plastic cover he picked from her kitchen, destroys his plans. Sad but hopeful, Danny reveals his appreciation for the Middle Age when feudal lords made all the decisions. No need to think or decide, just do what you’re told, and life would run smooth.
While he talks, we see pop ups with data about the relation between conspiracy theory believers and the vote for populist leaders.
In a bar in Budapest, István, Ferenc, and their silent friend, play a traditional game of cards. Ferenc, fired from his job because of a drinking problem, try, in vain, to beat an apparently luckier István, while Ferenc blames everyone for his misery. A not so national bartender serves them drinks, trying to close the bar because of the late hour. But the game continues, István keeps winning, and revealing to the audience his life and political thoughts. The river Danube is next to the bar. On its bank, we can see a memorial to the other victims of nationalist ideas in the past.
In the Romanian countryside, Adela, 65, leaves her house in the middle of the fields to go shopping in the nearest village. On the way she meets Dumitra, a former school mate who lives locked at home, scared by the stories of planes who poison the air. In the shop Adela talks with Irina, the owner, about all the changes that threaten their lifestyle. They remember the old days under the one-party regime and sing about it.
Mixed-techniques video showing the historical evolution of conspiracy theories since the beginning of humankind. From the first gods to the Illuminati, and the mysterious purpose of governments that try to replace one population with another. Social and political effects of those beliefs (election of populist leaders, minority and ethnic persecution, reinforcement of hard laws, building of walls…)
The main aim of this campaign is to demystify social myths and conspiracy theories disseminated by far right ideology through factual arguments developed on the basis of a humorous tone. By doing this, the campaign delegitimizes the content and form of social myths aimed at discriminating minorities and using them as scapegoat.
The expected results of the campaign are:
1.Citizens who have critical sense and do not allow emotional or psychological manipulation through conspiracy theories.
2.Citizens who critically question the veracity of conspiracy theories, examining premises according to the analysis of credible sources and authorities.
3.Citizens who do not initiate a social process of radicalization based on social myths.
The campaign delegitimizes the content and form of social myths and conspiracy theories aimed at discriminating minorities and use them as scapegoat.
Our campaign is not only a campaign, but a social movement which aims at replicating positive insights about fundamental rights, democracy and open society.
Under the motto “raise your voice against extremist violence”, you will have the opportunity to have an
active participation in our campaign.
The fundamental question should then be: how can you be an activist to help us spreading this campaign? Your activism includes but is not limited to sending us your narratives (text, film, media) if connected to the campaign’s main topics.