Small Is Beautiful: Impressions of Fritz Schumacher

Small Is Beautiful: Impressions of Fritz Schumacher


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This film is a short documentary portrait of economist, technologist and lecturer Fritz Schumacher. Up to age 45, Schumacher was dedicated to economic growth. Then he came to believe that the modern technological explosion had grown out of all proportion to human need. Author of Small Is Beautiful - A Study of Economics as if People Mattered and founder of the London-based Intermediate Technology Development Group, he championed the cause of "appropriate" technology. The film introduces us to this gentle revolutionary a few months before his death.

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Small Is Beautiful: Impressions of Fritz Schumacher, Douglas Kiefer, Barrie Howells & Donald Brittain, provided by the National Film Board of Canada

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  • director
    Douglas Kiefer
    Barrie Howells
    Donald Brittain
  • producer
    Douglas Kiefer
    Barrie Howells
    Donald Brittain
  • executive producer
    Peter Katadotis
  • script
    Donald Brittain
  • narrator
    Donald Brittain
  • photography
    Douglas Kiefer
  • sound
    Fraser MacAninch
  • editing
    Barrie Howells
  • sound editing
    Michel Bordeleau
  • re-recording
    Jean-Pierre Joutel
  • music
    Yehudi Menuhin
    Brian Macleod
    Yehudi Menuhin Youth Orchestra

  • ndef

    Everything about this sweet little doco is fragrant with the scent of small. But watching this now in 2021 for the first time I am sad to say that all the parameters have changed and what we consider small now is too large for Fritz's concept. Are we doomed?

    ndef, 3 Sep 2021
  • Vasant

    I am a housing consultant to Practical Action (formerly ITDG) in Sri Lanka. This is the first time I have seen this film clip and i am impressed with it. i hope to forward it to people I know who will be interested in the philosophy of small is beautiful.

    Vasant, 2 Feb 2011