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The Power of Community: How Cuba Survived Peak Oil (2006)

The documentary, "The Power of Community - How Cuba Survived Peak Oil," was inspired when Faith Morgan and Pat Murphy took a trip to Cuba through Global Exchange in August, 2003. That year ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Bruce Cromer Bruce Cromer ... Narrator
Jorge Mario Jorge Mario ... Himself
Rachel Bruhnke Rachel Bruhnke ... Herself
Eugene 'Pat' Murphy Eugene 'Pat' Murphy ... Himself
Megan Quinn Megan Quinn ... Herself
Matthew Simmons Matthew Simmons ... Himself
Richard Heinberg ... Himself
Miguel Coyula Miguel Coyula ... Himself
Roberto Perez Roberto Perez ... Himself
Rita Pereira Rita Pereira ... Herself
Miguel Salcines Miguel Salcines ... Himself
Carmen Cabrera Carmen Cabrera ... Herself
Patricia Allison Patricia Allison ... Herself
Nelson Aguila Nelson Aguila ... Himself
Nancy Gabrera Nancy Gabrera ... Herself


The documentary, "The Power of Community - How Cuba Survived Peak Oil," was inspired when Faith Morgan and Pat Murphy took a trip to Cuba through Global Exchange in August, 2003. That year Pat had begun studying and speaking about worldwide peak oil production. In May Pat and Faith attended the second meeting of The Association for the Study of Peak Oil and Gas, a European group of oil geologists and scientists, which predicted that mankind was perilously close to having used up half of the world's oil resources. When they learned that Cuba underwent the loss of over half of its oil imports and survived, after the fall of the Soviet Union in 1990, the couple wanted to see for themselves how Cuba had done this. During their first trip to Cuba, in the summer of 2003, they traveled from Havana to Trinidad and through several other towns on their way back to Havana. They found what Cubans call "The Special Period" astounding and Cuban's responses very moving. Faith found herself wanting ... Written by Megan Quinn

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14 May 2006 (USA) See more »

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Followed by Escape from Suburbia: Beyond the American Dream (2007) See more »


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Well done documentary. Very inspiring
10 February 2007 | by Dugay-gSee all my reviews

This documentary takes you through various aspects of life in Cuba - Economy, transportation, health-care, agriculture, education - and explores how they dealt with the dramatic reduction of fossil fuels to a mere fraction of their pre 1990 levels. It was nice to meet the people, see the sights, and hear the sounds. The overall feeling was that the Cubans had improved the quality of their life (after a difficult "Special Period"). Their health was better, greater sense of community, better food and healthier land. I was left with the question: Why should we wait until we run out of oil? Let's do it now. The part that I did not expect was how it challenged my understanding of the difference between a Communist country and Capitalism. Did you know that a greater percentage of Cubans own their own home than in America? More farmers now own their own land? Sort of turns the notion of what a "Free-Market" is on its head! Check it out.

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