‘Žižek!’ by Astra Taylor

Film released on DVD by the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London under the brand name Zeitgeist Films in 2006. Download link updated and an additional scene of the 1990 election in Slovenia added on 25. June 2021.

(2x .mkv)

This biographical documentary explores the personality of Slavoj Žižek with short reflections on topics such as love, politics, philosophy, etc.

Please note that the run for presidency in 1990’s Slovenia might have been slightly misportrayed and skewed in the film due to the director’s unfamiliarity with the local political landscape at the time. A video clip of the expanded election debate featuring the parts where Žižek speaks with hardcoded English subtitles has thus been added.

People familiar with his later work might be surprised to learn that at the presidential debate he publicly endorsed so-called state controlled privatization, that is, a regulated introduction of the logic of capitalist private property ownership, because of his fear at the time was that the only alternative would be “wild privatization”, a form of forceful, savage privatization enforced upon by individuals on the rest of society.

Although clips from the documentary of various length have been circulating online since its release, the film in its entirety has been replicated here from a commercial DVD without authorization for archival purposes.

  • Synopsis written and file created on 16th March 2021 at 11PM with Handbrake free open source software for archive of theoryreader.org
  • Audio in English with a bit of Slovene, 192bit stereo AAC encoded
  • Video is 69min 8sec in length, H.264 10-bit (x264) encoded in 716 x 448 resolution, cropped black edges
  • File 659 MB in size, contained in Matroska .mkv, uploaded and hosted on mega.nz encrypted cloud storage
  • Video Lan Client (VLC) video playback software recommended for .mkv on Linux, Windows, Mac and Android.

Director: Astra Taylor
Producer: Lawrence Konner
Editor and Sound Recordist: Laura Hanna
Director of Photography: Martina Radwan and Jesse Epstein
Animator: Molly Schwartz
Composer: Jeremy Barnes
Produced by The Documentary Campaign
Cover artwork: Adrian Curry, Zeitgeist films
Rating: PEGI 12, Contains two uses of strong language
Copyright: The Documentary Campaign Inc., 2006
Packaging copyright: ICA Films, 2007
Website: zeitgeistfilms.com/film/zizek

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