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Surviving Progress (2011)

Not Rated | | Documentary | 23 March 2013 (Japan)
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Theorists consider the evolution of human society and question the sustainability of the current paradigm.

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Mathieu Roy, Harold Crooks (co-director)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ronald Wright Ronald Wright ... Himself - Author, A Short History of Progress
Mark Levine Mark Levine ... Himself - Group Leader, China Energy Group
Robert Wright Robert Wright ... Himself - Author, Nonzero: The Logic of Human Destiny
Marina Silva Marina Silva ... Herself - Former Minister of the Environment, Brazil
Kambale Musavuli Kambale Musavuli ... Himself - Friends of the Congo
Vaclav Smil Vaclav Smil ... Himself - Population Scientist & Author, Global Catastrophies and Trends
Colin Beavan Colin Beavan ... Himself - Engineer & Author
Michael Hudson Michael Hudson ... Himself - Economic Historian & Former Wall Street Economist
Jane Goodall ... Herself - Primatologist
Ming Chen Ming Chen ... Himself - Self Driving Club Tour Guide
Changnian Chen Changnian Chen ... Himself - Professor & Chen Ming's Father
J. Craig Venter J. Craig Venter ... Himself - Biologist & CEO Synthetic Genomics
Raquel Taitson-Queiroz Raquel Taitson-Queiroz ... Herself - Environmental Police Officer, IBAMA
Gary Marcus Gary Marcus ... Himself - Cognitive Psychologist & Author, The Birth of the Mind
Daniel Povinelli Daniel Povinelli ... Himself - Behavioral Scientist
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Humanity's ascent is often measured by the speed of progress. But what if progress is actually spiraling us downwards, towards collapse? Ronald Wright, whose best-seller, A Short History Of Progress inspired SURVIVING PROGRESS, shows how past civilizations were destroyed by "progress traps" - alluring technologies and belief systems that serve immediate needs, but ransom the future. As pressure on the world's resources accelerates and financial elites bankrupt nations, can our globally-entwined civilization escape a final, catastrophic progress trap? With potent images and illuminating insights from thinkers who have probed our genes, our brains, and our social behaviour, this requiem to progress-as-usual also poses a challenge: to prove that making apes smarter isn't an evolutionary dead-end. Written by Producers

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Every time history repeats itself, the price goes up

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Not Rated
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Canada

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English | Mandarin | Portuguese | French

Release Date:

23 March 2013 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Survivre au progrès See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,161, 8 April 2012, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$47,139, 24 June 2012
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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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A very gripping documentary that opens up to much thinking.
3 May 2012 | by DavidTheWise33See all my reviews

I was lucky enough to attend a screening at my local university with the director of this documentary, it is a fascinating little piece about the social and economical dynamics of the present day compared to ancient mighty civilizations that have fallen. It features appearances by many notable speakers including Jane Goodall, David Suzuki and Stephen Hawking.

It's a fascinating study of where we stand now and where we are heading.It touches upon many recent topics as well, which might date it slightly, but otherwise, it's a great viewing experience.

I definitely recommend this documentary, it will lead you to question today's society and provide much food for thought.


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