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DOCUMENTARY  |  52 MIN. | 2019

A brilliant moral and psychological analysis.

— Nadia Urbinati, Columbia University

An interview film on the emotion of resentment and how it defines culture and politics today. Featuring: Wendy Brown, Grayson Hunt, Rahel Jaeggi, Alexander Nehamas, Robert Pfaller, Gyan Prakash, Peter Sloterdijk, and Sjoerd van Tuinen.

The revival of nationalism paired with xenophobia, an increasing tribalization of politics, and a public sphere oscillating between cruelty and sentimentality mark significant parts of our current political Zeitgeist. Politicians, scholars and journalists alike speak of a culture of resentment that defines politics today. How did we enter such a toxic climate? Are these developments a response to the ubiquity of neoliberal market structures eroding the basic solidarities in our society? Has the spread of social media triggered a culture of trolling and hyper moralization? And has the left given in to forms of politics where moralization and cynical mockery outdo collective visions of the future? This documentary film introduces and critically discusses concepts of resentment and their relation to our current political juncture. 

The film premiered October 18th, 2019 at the Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies, Yale and the New School in New York.

The Toxic Reigns of Resentment is a compelling demonstration of what public philosophy can be. 

— J.M. Bernstein, New School for Social Research


Directed and produced by
Jürgen Schaflechner
Tim van den Hoff

Associate producer
Sjoerd van Tuinen

Ruben Hamelink

Steadicam operator
Jasper van Gheluwe

Focus puller
Lidewei Egbers

Additional camera
Matthew Koshmrl

Sound mix
Bob Kommer Studio’s
Jeroen Nadorp

Ruben Hamelink

Marleen Hendrickx

Original Music
Smudged Toads

Additional Music

Developed by
Jürgen Schaflechner

In co-production with: