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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.


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


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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Release Date:

23 March 2013 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

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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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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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very nicely reflects where do we human stand today!!!
28 September 2012 | by bm-hadapsarkarSee all my reviews

All the issues are very nicely addressed with the detailed pros and cons. very thought provoking and I hope we all learn from it and start respecting the mother nature and the surroundings... once again congrats to the team for making such an effort to show us where do we stand today!!!! I hope the movie is showed to all the school and college going students to make a general awareness and are being made aware of how can they can make there commitment in the coming years. The detailed research of the contributors and there experience will surely guide us all in our way of looking towards our daily life and help make a change.

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