Films on basic income

Two documentaries–one feature length and one short–illustrate the principles and possibilities of unconditional basic income.

Basic Income: The Movie is a full-length documentary created by IDEMBasel as a basis for discussion preceding the 2016 Swiss referendum for a Basic Income to be included in the Constitution. (The referendum lost, but succeeded in raising national awareness about the concept and how it might work. Its sponsors say they will try again.) The film asks whether a livable income should be a basic human right of citizenship and, if so, how might we pay for it.

This short and inspiring video, about a basic income pilot program in India, shows how the injection of small stipends paid to every resident unleashed tremendous hope, ingenuity, and productivity.

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