Based on the Book by Nafeez Mosaddeq Ahmed - http://crisisofcivilization.com/book/
The Crisis of Civilization is a documentary feature film investigating how global crises like ecological disaster, financial meltdown, dwindling oil reserves, terrorism and food shortages are converging symptoms of a single, failed global system.
Weaving together archival film footage and animations, film-maker Dean Puckett, animator Lucca Benney and international security analyst Dr. Nafeez Mosaddeq Ahmed – author of A User’s Guide to the Crisis of Civilization: And How to Save It – offer a stunning wake-up call proving that ‘another world’ is not merely possible, but on its way.
Like the book on which it is based, the film consists of seven parts which explore the interconnected dynamic of global crises of Climate Catastrophe; Peak Energy; Peak Food; Economic Instability; International Terrorism; and the Militarization Tendency – with a final section on The Post-Peak World.
The film reveals how a failure to understand the systemic context of these crises, linked to neoliberal ideology, has generated a tendency to deal not with their root structural causes, but only with their symptoms. This has led to the proliferation of war, terror, and state-terror, including encroachment on civil liberties, while accelerating global crises rather than solving them.
The real solution, Nafeez argues, is to recognise the inevitability of civilizational change, and to work toward a fundamental systemic transformation based on more participatory forms of living, politically, economically and culturally.
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Directed by Dean Puckett
Animations by Lucca Benney
About the book
A User’s Guide to the Crisis of Civilization: And How to Save It
Are you confused about the debate over climate change? Unsure about whether or not we’re running out of oil? Anxious about economic recession? Angry about the wars in Afghanistan, Iraq and beyond? Frightened by the rise of religious and political extremisms? Concerned by the dramatic erosion of our civil liberties?
This groundbreaking book is the first of its kind that answers all your questions in one place, and looks at these issues holistically. It argues that financial meltdown, dwindling oil reserves, terrorism and food shortages need to be considered as part of the same ailing political, economic, ideological and value system. Dr. Ahmed investigates all of these crises not as isolated events, but as interdependent trends and processes that belong to the structure of our civilization. We are therefore not dealing with a ‘clash of civilizations’, as Huntington argued. Rather, we are dealing with a fundamental Crisis of Civilization itself. It often seems that different crises are competing to devastate civilization. Most accounts of our contemporary global crises such as climate change, or the threat of terrorism, focus on one area, or another, to the exclusion of others. Dr. Nafeez Mosaddeq Ahmed, executive director of the IPRD, argues that the unwillingness of experts to look outside their own fields explains why there is so much disagreement and misunderstanding about particular crises.
Dr. Ahmed shows that these crises are in fact symptoms of a major civilizational transition – the imminent end of industrial civilization as-we-know-it, and the exciting prospect of a new post-carbon civilization. But what form will the new civilization take?
The choice is ours. The choice is yours.
Become an information warrior. Read this book, know the system, and be prepared for the arrival of the post-carbon era.
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