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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These Boots Are Made For Walking
Written by Lee Hazlewood
Performed by Paul Sampson & Hacker
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this movie profoundly changed my way of thinking
26 December 2009 | by 5h4d0wSee all my reviews

... and also thanks to the ratings and comments on the message board. (i want to point out that there was a lot more negative ratings/comments about this movie when i first reviewed it)

the film shows multiple stories which cover different aspects of how people contribute climate change and how they are affected in return. the nice thing is that it isn't a emotionally distanced documentary that just shows the results in a rather cold manner but also shows motivations of people and parts of their personal life.

a similar assumption to the one being made at the end of "diary of the dead" is being made in this movie: maybe humanity isn't worth saving. this thought is underlined by examples of ignorant and egotistical people.

some here say the movie is preachy - i think it is not preachy enough. you can't break the brainwashing of stupidity outlets like fox news with just showing facts. there should be texts saying "YOU are killing people right now". well, maybe not quite as harsh but still... the majority of the people need a metaphorical slap in the face to wake them up.

which brings me to the way in which this movie has changed my thoughts (and behavior). while watching these idiots protest a wind farm because their precious "view" might be destroyed, something finally clicked. i always knew that the majority of people are like that but the thing is - there is no appealing to them. their comfort is more important than anything else. and because of that, humanity truly deserves to perish. i've always tried to help and my biggest goal in life was to somehow improve life for people - but i now realize that they don't deserve it.

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19 August 2009 (Australia) See more »

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The Age of Stupid See more »

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Louisiana, USA See more »


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GBP650,000 (estimated)

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