A chance to stop fooling ourselves about who we are and where we are going.


Susan Kucera



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Credited cast:
Robert Trivers Robert Trivers ... Self
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Sue Blackmore Sue Blackmore ... Self
William R. Catton William R. Catton ... Self
Wayne Vene Chun Wayne Vene Chun ... Self
Richard Dawkins ... Self
George Dyson George Dyson ... Self
Brian Fagan Brian Fagan ... Self
Robert Gifford Robert Gifford ... Self
Clive Hamilton Clive Hamilton ... Self
Bruce Hood Bruce Hood ... Self
David Korten David Korten ... Self
John Marra John Marra ... Self
Cynthia Matzke Cynthia Matzke ... Self
Thomas Metzinger Thomas Metzinger ... Self
Kari Norgaard Kari Norgaard ... Self


Humans are the only species capable of imagining the future while at the same time ignoring the consequences of the future we are creating. Breath of Life reveals why we modern humans are in denial about catastrophes of our own making that could come to pass sooner than we think. Filmed in Europe, Scandinavia, North America and Hawaii the film features breathtaking cinematography and insightful commentary from the world's greatest evolutionary biologists and psychologists - but it is the common sense of farmers in the drought stricken western United States and the wisdom of Hawaiians from the most isolated place on the planet that show us the way back to a more honest and authentic relationship with the world and reality.

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How the evolution of the human mind boldly determines the future of the world




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16 March 2015 | by Henson21See all my reviews

I saw this film with a group at a sneak peek recently and could not stop thinking about it. Luckily, one of the participants, Bruce Hood was on hand to extrapolate on some of the concepts covered in this film. We're really not aware of our actions as they relate to generations into the future.

For the first time I understand why the tremendous debt countries have taken on pose such a problem and as one speaker so eloquently put it - when we take on debt we are promising to pay it back with future energy! No wonder we are constantly grabbing for resources.

The thread using the cultural concept prevalent in ancient Hawaii that 'we're all in the same canoe' also hit home. We are so inter-related and inter-dependent and we're running out of space and resources to exploit and yet we behave as if we have an un-ending vast frontier left.

The ocean section was truly shocking.

Recommended viewing for discussion in schools.

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1 April 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Unsere wunderbare Welt See more »

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Hawaii, USA See more »

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Stereo | D-Cinema 48kHz 5.1



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1.85 : 1
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