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The Age of Stupid (2009)

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A future archivist looks at old footage from the year 2008 to understand why humankind failed to address climate change.

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Jeh Wadia ...
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Alvin DuVernay ...
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Layefa Malini ...
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Jamila Bayyoud ...
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This ambitious documentary/drama/animation hybrid stars Pete Postlethwaite as an archivist in the devastated world of the future, asking the question: "Why didn't we stop climate change when we still had the chance?" He looks back on footage of real people around the world in the years leading up to 2015 before runaway climate change took place. Written by Adela Pickles

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Why didn't we save ourselves when we had the chance?


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20 August 2009 (New Zealand)  »

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A Era da Estupidez  »

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£650,000 (estimated)

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£101,752 (UK) (20 March 2009)
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The film takes place in 2055. See more »

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At the end of a timeline depicting the disasters Earth has to endure thanks to man's effect on global warming, an image of Earth is shown. Despite all talk of melting ice caps and rising sea levels, Earth's land mass looks exactly as it does when the film was made. See more »

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Archivist of the future: Welcome to the global Ark-ive, a vast storage structure located 800 km north of Norway. It contains the artwork from every national museum. There are pickled animals, stacked up, two by two; every film, every book, every scientific report, all stored on banks of servers. But the conditions we're experiencing now were actually caused by our behavior in the period leading up to 2015. In other words: we could have saved ourselves. We could have saved ourselves, but we didn't.
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Featured in Pauw & Witteman: Episode #4.11 (2009) See more »

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A Life in Ashes
Written by Lee Tibbetts, Andy Hutton & Paul Fowler
Performed by Dragnerve
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Well Done!
15 November 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I really enjoyed how this film approached the topic of climate change from many different angles. By comparing the lives of the different people featured in the film, one is able to see the variance that exists in how carbon use varies from one person to another.

The Age of Stupid has a very interesting format. It is supposed to be a transmission that is recorded in the future as a sort of cautionary tale that was to be concealed in a time capsule that documents the the way that the human race eventually destroyed themselves as well as the rest of the world. It is a montage of actual footage from the news and other documentaries, sections that glimpse into the reality of real life characters documented, and commentary from the fictional character who is recording the "transmission."

This was definitely a little out there in terms of format, but had a lot of important information that many people out in the world need to hear and take into consideration. The format may be a bit weird for some to warm up to, but if you can get past that, it is a touching documentary that inspires. In an age where a fairly large percentage of the population does not believe in man-influenced climate change, there's no shortage of stupidity. It's time for people to wake up and see if we can stop and maybe even reverse this damage we're doing to our home.


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