Surviving Progress

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Release Date: April 6, 2012 (limited)

On DVD/VOD: September 25, 2012

1h 26m | Documentary


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 this documentary, 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 behavior, this requiem to progress-as-usual also poses a challenge: to prove that making apes smarter isn't an evolutionary dead-end.

Director: Harold Crooks, Mathieu Roy
Studio: Cinemaginaire
Producer(s): Daniel Louis, Denise Robert
Cast: David Suzuki, Stephen Hawking, Margaret Atwood, Dr. Jane Goodall
Writer(s): Harold Crooks, Mathieu Roy

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