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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.


Franny Armstrong
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Credited cast:
Pete Postlethwaite ... The Archivist
Jehangir Wadia Jehangir Wadia ... Self (as Jeh Wadia)
Alvin DuVernay Alvin DuVernay ... Self
Layefa Malini Layefa Malini ... Self
Jamila Bayyoud Jamila Bayyoud ... Self
Piers Guy Piers Guy ... Self
Lisa Guy Lisa Guy ... Self
Fernand Pareau Fernand Pareau ... Self
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Babou Ceesay ... Self (voice)
Toyah Frantzen ... Dutch
Mark Lynas ... Self - Author, Six Degrees: Our Future on a Hotter Planet


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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The film takes place in 2055. See more »


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 »


[first lines]
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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William Tell Overture
Written by Gioachino Rossini
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This Movie Sets The Record Straight!
12 November 2009 | by GulforDieSee all my reviews

Thank The Heavens!! If films like this and al gore are the force behind committing economic suicide then rest assured my follow friends who posses commonsense....we are safe for now! What a self serving holy then thou piece of nonsense this film is. It seeks only to provoke emotion and all commonsense is regarded as being evil earth hating thoughts. You may think this film will only serve to excite the disciples of global warming, but in fact it does much more.....It proves (to the independent thinker) how far the religion of global warming has come, this movie will scare most into avoiding the cult not joining it!!!

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Release Date:

20 August 2009 (New Zealand) See more »

Also Known As:

A Era da Estupidez See more »

Filming Locations:

Louisiana, USA See more »


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GBP650,000 (estimated)

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