Distributor:  Bullfrog Films
Length:  56 minutes
Date:  1998
Genre:  Expository
Language:  English
Grade level: 6-12, College, Adult
Color/BW:  Color
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Escape from Affluenza

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Simple living and its rewards.

Escape from Affluenza

This video shows audiences how to declare their independence from the epidemic of rampant consumerism and materialism ailing Americans and our environment by adopting the practices of simple living.

Like AFFLUENZA, this sequel uses expert commentary, thought-provoking vignettes and humor to show how people can reduce their consumption and simplify their lives.

With stories of real people from Seattle to the Netherlands who have altered their lifestyles and re-discovered the joy of living, ESCAPE FROM AFFLUENZA offers the antidote to debt, stress, time-pressure and possession-overload.

'This video...brings thoughtfulness and humor, down-to-earth practicality and visionary hopes to the work of recovery. If you are in the early stages of wanting to live differently, watch ESCAPE FROM AFFLUENZA. You'll find you have company, and you'll have an idea what to do next.' Earthlight

'It is notable that both films are upbeat (even while introducing lots of worrisome information) because of their light touch, and the way they introduce us to lots of people who are making many changes in their lives. They avoid a grim this-is-the-only-way-to-live legalism.' Quaker Life

'ESCAPE FROM AFFLUENZA is...easily recommended.' Video Librarian


Honorable Mention, Columbus International Film and Video Festival
Environmental Film Festival in the Nation's Capital
Bodrum International Environmental Film Festival, Turkey
RioFest Environmental Film Festival


Main credits

De Graaf, John (film producer)
De Graaf, John (editor of moving image work)
De Graaf, John (screenwriter)
Boe, Vivia (film producer)
Boe, Vivia (screenwriter)
Urbanska, Wanda (host)

Other credits

Photography, Greg Davis [and 10 others]; music, Sheila M. Espinoza, ASCAP, Michael Bade, BMI.

Distributor credits

Vivia Boe and John de Graaf

Vivia Boe and John de Graaf

A co-production of KCTS and John de Graaf
Hosted by Wanda Urbanska

Docuseek2 subjects

Media Literacy
American Studies
Local Economies
Business Ethics
Cultural Anthropology

Distributor subjects

American Studies
Consumer Economics
Environmental Ethics
Home Economics
Local Economies
Marketing and Advertising
Media Literacy
Simple Living
Voluntary Simplicity


consumerism, materialism, affluenza, environment, simple living, Seattle, Netherlands, Cal de Witt, Dick Roy, Juliet Schor,; "Escape from Affluenza"; Bullfrog Films

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