December 8, 2019 | 1 minute read

Film: A Dying Culture (2019)

Imperialist society and, consequently, its ideology and culture are not only in decay - they are falling apart.

Film: A Dying Culture (2019)

A Dying Culture: The End of Postmodernity is a feature-length Marxist documentary looking at culture, art, postmodernism, video games, data, social media, the state and war in context of the largest crisis in capitalism's history, made by our friends and comrades at Prolekult.

From the film's opening sequences:

It is clear that our cultural moment is, thus, shaped and shaping the motion of history, its development entangled in the clash of empires, the shakedown of oppressed nations, the vulgar politics of despotism. Just as war is politics by other means, culture is today war by other means. It is at once developing and decaying.

In order to understand these developments, we must look at a variety of historical, cultural and material factors. However, it is our contention that these matters must be studied through the prism of Marxism. Long neglected, the Marxist analysis of art and culture is the only standpoint capable of rendering of present moment intelligible. Imperialist society and, consequently, its ideology and culture are not only in decay - they are falling apart. Throughout this film we shall trace the development and trajectory of this decay. We shall do so with a singular aim. As the Italian Marxist, Antonio Gramsci, wrote as he rotted in a fascist jail, the 'crisis consists precisely in the fact that the old is dying and the new cannot be born'. It is only in critique of the old that we may bring about the new - that is, liberation.

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