In 2009 Chandler Tuttle wrote and directed 2081, a short film adaptation of Kurt Vonnegut’s dystopian short story ‘Harrison Bergeron’.
The plot centres around the idea of extreme equality. All citizens are given handicaps in various levels depending on their natural advantages with noisy earpieces to distract the intelligent, weights to impede the physically strong and masks to hide the beautiful.
What is so brilliant about the concept of this story is that complete equality is an ideal that our society actively strives for, yet our differences and varying levels of ability are what aid us most in survival. It is also the great diversity within our species that ranks humans above other intelligent animals.
Vonnegut cleverly illustrates the difference between what is fair and what is equal in this influential mini masterpiece, clear proof of the integral importance that his work has on modern life.
You can find the complete short film online and read Vonnegut’s short story by clicking here.