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Surviving Progress

This feature documentary connects the financial collapse, growing inequity and the Wall Street oligarchy with future technology, sustainability, and the fate of civilization itself. Inspired by Ronald Wright's bestseller "A Short History of Progress", "Surviving Progress" digs deep into human nature and patterns of history to challenge and redefine the very idea of progress.

Director(s): Mathieu Roy, Harold Crooks
Script: Mathieu Roy, Harold Crooks
Production: National Film Board of Canada (NFB), Big Picture Media Corporation, Denise Robert, Daniel Louis, Gerry Flahive, Cinémaginaire Inc.
Music: Patrick Watson, Michael Ramsey
Actors: Dr. Jane Goodall, Michael Shellenberger, Colin Beavan, Stephen Hawking, David Suzuki, Marina Silva, Margaret Atwood, Enio Beata, Chen Changnian, Chen Ming, Victor Zhikai Gao, Michael Hudson, Simon Johnson, Mark Levine, Gary Marcus, Kambale Musavuli, Daniel Povinelli, Vaclav Smil, Raquel Taitson-Queiroz, Jim Thomas, J. Craig Venter, Robert Wright, Ronald Wright, Ted Nordhaus, Philip Fearnside, Francisco Santos Olivera, Adelson Jose De Santana, Marcelo Gusmao, Marcelo V. Gusmao, Ana Maria Gusmao, Ana Flavia Gusmao, Joel Bellenson, Guo Yunzhe, Sing Lui, Zhang Ning, Yang Shi Min, James Reaux, Fabio Rodrigo Cavenaghi
 
Year: 2011
Duration: 86 min
Our age recommendation: 16
Language (audio): English
Language (subtitles): Portuguese
Country of origin: Canada
Shooting Locations: Canada, Brazil, China, United States
 
Screening rights: National Film Board of Canada (NFB) ()
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Main topic(s): Planet Earth
Secondary topics: population footprint money politics growth
Mentions: progress evolution technology progress trap money stock exchange Stone Age civilization hunter-gatherer culture chimpanzee primates apes brain overpopulation environment capitalism industrialization nature debt Roman Empire economy Wall Street oligarchy rain forest synthetic biology history
Topic Page(s): Planet Earth

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